Fulldome Shows

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

Adventure through the solar system in the Cardboard Rocket! Travel with two children and their navigator, the talking astronomy book. Visit the Sun, the planets, the Moon and more. The narration track was edited in 2007 for the reclassification of Pluto to dwarf planet. References to “smallest planet,” “ninth planet,” and “last planet” were removed and Pluto is simply termed a planet in view of it being a new category of planet.

Legends of the Night Sky: Orion

Orion takes a lighthearted and imaginative look at the myths and stories associated with the constellation Orion, the great hunter of the winter sky.

Accompanied by narrators Aesop the owl and Socrates the mouse, we follow Orion’s adventures as he grows to manhood, battles mythical beasts, foils the plot of an evil king and wins the heart of Artemis, the beautiful moon-goddess. By the end of the story, we learn how the constellation Orion was placed in the sky, forever turning overhead throughout the seasons.

The Alien Who Stole Christmas

Planetarium visitors will go on a tour of winter’s evening sky and then join jolly ol’ Santa and concerned alien, Mr. Freep, as they explore the solar system’s planets and meet the Christmas Eve needs of their fictitious inhabitants.  This show is divided into two parts: the winter eve star walk and the main story of  The Alien Who Stole Christmas, with a laser teaser from our holiday laser show.

Star of Bethlehem

Ever wonder why we all agree on today's date and time? Ever wonder if the "Star of Bethlehem" is out this holiday season and you're the only one that doesn't know where to look? Well, come get the answers to these questions along with others as we explore what astronomical phenomena were visible 2,000 years ago around the time of Christ's birth that makes this star so legendary.

Star of Bethlehem is a blend of full dome digital presentation along with the audience participation of looking at the night sky. After the history portion of the show the Hylton Planetarium's very own Tony Kilgore will walk you through the Prince William County night sky so that you can be sure to impress all your friends and family this holiday season with fun filled ways to remember what's out there. Mr. Kilgore uses a blend of science and humor to help audiences of all ages connect those "dots in the sky" and form some pretty cool constellations!

Dawn of the Space Age

From the launch of the first artificial satellite Sputnik, to the magnificent lunar landings and privately operated space flights — be immersed and overwhelmed with this most accurate historic reconstruction of man's first steps into space.  Who were these men and women who took part in these death-defying endeavors? Witness their drive, their passion, and their perseverance to explore... in Dawn of the Space Age.

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