Irene W. Pennington Planetarium | Full Dome Movies
Dinosaurs at Dusk
July 01st, 2014 - November 26th, 2014
Take to the skies and travel back in time to discover the origins of flight. Meet the pterosaurs and the ancestors of modern-day birds: the feathered dinosaurs. Then experience first-hand the cataclysmic "last day" of the dinosaurs.
The Great Planet Adventures
April 01st, 2014 - November 26th, 2014
In the future we may colonize other planets to establish science outposts and mine for resources. What would the colonists do for fun? Experience zip lining on scorched Mercury, hang gliding over the hydrocarbon lakes of Titan, driving a monster truck along a lunar crater wall, and much more. We can experience these off-world adventures now while we wait for the future to arrive. This show was produced in part by LASM and a collaboration with Houston Museum of Natural Science and Rice University, made possible by a grant from the National Aeronautic and Space Administration.
February 01st, 2014 - January 31st, 2015
Super Volcanoes is an immersive planetarium show that looks back at some of the most explosive and historic eruptions on planet Earth, including the legendary North American hot spot, Yellowstone National Park. The program moves beyond Earth to explore the impact of giant volcanic eruptions around our solar system. Audiences will fly down to Neptune’s frigid moon Triton, and onto the ultimate volcanic world: Jupiter’s moon Io. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.
From the Blue Planet to the Red Planet
July 05th, 2014 - December 28th, 2014
Journey to the year 2132 as we follow Carina, a young woman stationed on Mars, as she communicates with her brother Aidan back on Earth. Experience living on a futuristic Mars colony, and ride a rover across the Martian surface. Children and adults alike will learn about the differences between Earth and Mars and what it might be like to live and work on another planet.
Irene W. Pennington Planetarium | Featurettes
Relentless Night is a fulldome short film that immerses the viewer atop the extinct volcano of Maunakea in the Central Pacific, amongst the biggest collection of telescopes ever built. Derived from the series, Awesome Light, the footage was shot over 4 years in stereo fisheye. The film provides unique views of the remarkable summit landscape at over 4,000 metres and the nightly ballet of these magnifi cent machines that search for secrets in the stars. Set to the haunting beauty of the Eliza Aria re-tuned to a powerful dubstep mix, Relentless Night pays homage to this tour de force of scientific discovery.