Fulldome Shows

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!

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.

Black Holes

Few mysteries in the universe have the power and awe of the black hole. Only now are we on the verge of understanding their true nature. This new immersive digital theater program incorporates some of the most intense three-dimensional visual effects ever created on the subject.

Stars

Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of STARS.  This dramatic program features the voice talent of Mark Hamill.

Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth explores the inner workings of Earth’s climate system, following a trail of energy that flows from our Sun into the interconnected systems that create our climate. You’ll ride on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and whales and fly into fiery volcanoes!  This fulldome planetarium show is the result of a two-year collaboration between Spitz Creative Media, the advanced visualization lab at the National Center of Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois, and Thomas Lucas Productions Inc. Produced in association with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and NASA Earth Science. Narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Liam Neeson.