Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions
Were the Apollo visits to the Moon actually a hoax? Have aliens landed on Earth? Can you tell your future by the stars? Prepare to debunk and tackle pseduoscience head-on with the planetarium show Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions. Based on the popular book and website of the same name, Bad Astronomy offers a unique and fun approach to learning about the cosmos. Join the "Bad Astronomer" Phil Plait as he takes a critical look at popular myths and misconceptions to show audiences how science can be used to evaluate questionable claims. Bad Astronomy is produced by the Detroit Science Center in collaboration with Cranbrook Institute of Science and narrated by WJR-AM's radio personality Rachel Nevada. 46 minutes. Educators' guide.
Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity
Narrated by Academy-Award nominated actor Liam Neeson, this cutting-edge fulldome production features high-resolution, animated visualizations of cosmic phenomena, working with data generated by computer simulations. Audiences will be dazzled with striking, immersive animations of the formation of the early universe, star birth and death, the collision of giant galaxies, and a simulated flight to a supermassive black hole lurking at the center of our own Milky Way Galaxy. Recommended for high school age and up. 24 minutes. Educators' guide.
IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System
Investigate the boundary between our Solar System and the rest of our galaxy in IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System. Designed for visitors who want to learn more about science research, the show follows the creation of NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX). Audiences will get an in-depth look at the mission, and how IBEX is mapping our Solar System’s boundary. Recommended for middle school ages and up. 27 minutes.
Kaluoka'hina: the Enchanted Reef
The vastness of our planet's oceans guards unimaginable secrets. One of its most precious is Kaluoka'hina, the enchanted reef whose magic protects it against humans finding it. Kaluoka'hina's colorful inhabitants have thus always lived in peace... until the volcano erupts, and the spell is broken. Now it's up to the young sawfish Jake and his paranoid pal Shorty to restore the magic of Kaluoka'hina. Their only lead: the ancient legend that tells of touching the moon. But how is a fish supposed to touch the moon? This is just one of the intriguing puzzles that Jake and Shorty have to solve on their most exciting adventure ever: the quest to save their beloved reef. Recommended for elementary school ages and up. 32 minutes. Educators' guide.
Legends of the Night Sky: Orion
Legends of the Night Sky: Orion is the world's first traditionally animated fulldome movie. Legends takes an imaginative look at the stories and legends about Orion, the great hunter of the winter sky. It’s an ideal show for family audiences and younger viewers. Greek mythology will never seem the same once you've seen this fun-filled production from AudioVisual Imagineering and Spitz Creative Media. Recommended for children in the first grade through the eighth grade. 24 minutes. Educators' guide.
The Life of Trees
An entertaining and educational experience that tells about the fascinating world of trees. The story is presented by a ladybug called Dolores and a firefly called Mike. The Life of Trees shows the importance of plants for life on Earth, how trees grow, how they transport water against gravity to the top of the crown, how photosynthesis works and how trees have enabled diverse life on Earth by producing oxygen. Softmachine GmbH. Recommended for students in grades 1 through 5. 25 minutes.
Oasis In Space
Embark on a startling and beautiful voyage through our solar system, galaxy, and universe in search of water - a key ingredient for life on Earth. Your exploration starts on Earth, with its vast oceans that make life possible. Along the way you’ll fly by the other planets and their moons, learning about their characteristics such as atmosphere, temperature, and composition. Learn where water comes from in the cosmos and the conditions necessary for it to exist as a precious, life-giving liquid. Recommended for middle school age and up. 24 minutes. Educators' guide.
Secret Lives of the Stars
Some stars are massive. Others are tiny; almost insignificant. The specific characteristics of a star will determine what type of life it will lead and how long it might live. We will witness the amazing variety of stars and peer into their secret lives. Narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart. Recommended for first grade children and up. 25 minutes.
Secrets of the Sun
An intimate look at the role the sun plays in the life of our solar system. From the nuclear forces churning at the heart of the sun, to the mass ejections of solar material into surrounding space, we will experience the power of the sun and its impact on the planets. We will trace the life cycle of the sun itself, going back to its beginnings and moving forward in time to its eventual death. E&S Digital Theater. Recommended for middle school ages and up. 20 minutes.
Stars of the Pharaohs
Travel to ancient Egypt to see how science was used to tell time, make a workable calendar, and align huge buildings. You’ll learn about the connection the ancient Egyptians felt with the stars and various astronomical phenomena, and see some of the most spectacular temples and tombs of the ancient world recreated in their original splendor. Recommended for fourth grade children and up. 35 minutes.
Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope
Two Small Pieces of Glass traces the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a child’s spyglass—using two small pieces of glass—to the launch of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. It explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years. Interstellar Studios. Recommended for middle school ages and up. 23 minutes. Educators' guide.
The Zula Patrol: Down to Earth
While on a routine fossil-hunting expedition, The Zula Patrol turns up evidence that the villainous Deliria Delight has been traveling back in time to Earth’s prehistoric past to illegally dump her company’s toxic trash. The Zula Patrollers must find and catch her, before her actions cause catastrophic consequences. In the process, our heroes learn all about the formation and development of Earth, and the life forms who call it home. Recommended for ages 4-8 and their families. 24 minutes. Educators' guide.
The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather
From the far reaches of outer space, from the bright orange planet Zula, comes the Zula Patrol! Based on the highly-acclaimed Zula Patrol TV series, this is a must-see for audiences of all ages. The story: the stalwart heroes of the Zula Patrol are on an expedition collecting samples of weather on planet Zula for scientist Multo's research, using their loyal pet Gorga's ability to collect and bottle all kinds of weather. But when the Zula gang inadvertently hurts Gorga's feelings, he decides to leave Zula and find another planet to live on. Interplanetary villain Dark Truder tricks Gorga into stealing the weather from other planets - part of his latest nefarious scheme to rule the Universe. The Zula Patrol find out and go after him, in the process learning all about weather, both terrestrial and interplanetary. Recommended for all ages. 24 minutes. Educators' guide.
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