Mueller Planetarium enters a new era with Fulldome Digital Shows. Experience immersive high-tech adventures in a true 360 degree projected computer generated virtual environment in our 77-seat domed theater.
Groups who want to learn about the current sky may choose to begin their educational presentation with a live "Startalk". Scroll down for shows.
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In 1995, astronomers detected 51 Pegasi, the first exoplanet – a planet orbiting a star other than our sun. Since that time the search for a planet like Earth has been a little like Goldilock’s search. Explorer the ongoing search for exoplanets in the habitable zone - where they might even support life. Experience humankind’s search for a planet with conditions which could be “just right”.
Big Red Sky Tour Ages 7+ | Grades 1-12 | 35 min
Embark on a live, galactic tour to discover what we can see with just our eyes or by using binoculars and telescopes. We'll explore deep-sky objects and cosmic gems found in our own solar system! You'll be able to identify constellations, uncover some of the wonderful facts, legends, and ancient stories behind these patterns and stars, and see what makes astronomy so enchanting! The Big Red Sky Tour changes every season giving viewers more opportunities to discover Nebraska's night skies year-round.
Chasing the Ghost Particle Ages 11+ | Grades 6-12 | 30 min
Deep in the ice at the heart of Antarctica, the biggest and strangest detector in the world waits for mysterious messengers from the cosmos. The detector is IceCube! The messengers are neutrinos – ghostly particles that give us tantalizing looks into the world of exploding stars and black holes. This show tells the incredible story of how an international team of scientists and engineers transformed one billion tons of Antarctic ice into a telescope. Get ready for a journey you will never forget!
A look at the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph instrument installed on the Hubble Space Telescope in 2009 during Servicing Mission 4, as well as the science behind its utility. The show covers the basics of spectroscopy at a high level, and touches on the processing of galactic and extragalactic gas. Other topics include the use of quasars as background light sources, cosmic evolution, and the development of large scale structure.
Firefall Ages 9+ | Grades 4-12 | 35 min
Throughout Earth's violent history, impacts from comets and asteroids have mercilessly shaped its surface. The ancient barrage continues today; from harmless meteors – those brilliant streaks in the night sky - to mountain sized boulders wandering perilously close to Earth. Terrifying and majestic, these invaders from space are capable of utter destruction yet they have delivered life-giving water and most of the organic materials necessary for life. This ceaseless firefall is our only tangible connection to the universe beyond and is an ever-present reminder of our own humble beginnings in the hostile environment of space.
From Earth to the Universe Ages 11+ | Grades 6-12 | 35 min | Available in German, Greek, Hindi & Japanese
This voyage through space and time conveys, through sparkling sights and sounds, the Universe revealed to us by science. Viewers can revel in the splendor of the worlds in the Solar System and our scorching Sun. The show takes the audience out to the colorful birthplaces and burial grounds of stars, and still further out beyond the Milky Way to the unimaginable immensity of a myriad of galaxies. Along the way, the audience will learn about the history of astronomy, the invention of the telescope, and today’s giant telescopes that allow us to probe ever deeper into the Universe.
A fury is building on the surface of the Sun – high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave that reaches 100,000 kilometers high, rising loops of electrified gas. What's driving these strange phenomena? How will they affect planet Earth? Find the answers as we venture into the seething interior of our star. The show features one of the most intensive efforts ever made to visualize the inner workings of the sun, including a series of groundbreaking scientific visualizations computed on the giant new supercomputing initiative, Blue Waters, based at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), University of Illinois. Brace yourself for the onslaught of the next… Solar Superstorm! Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.
Dinosaurs at Dusk Ages 10+ | Grades 5-12 | 45 min, 25 min version available upon request
Available in Dutch, French, German & Spanish for 45 min version only
Travel back in time to meet the pterosaurs and the ancestors of modern-day birds: the feathered dinosaurs. Lucy and her father navigate from continent to continent, looking for clues about the origins of flight. When time runs out they experience first-hand the cataclysmic "last day" of the dinosaurs. Dive into topics such as continental drift, proper motion of stars, asteroids and impacts, extinctions and the convergent development of flight among species!
Into the Deep Ages 8+ | Grades 4-12 | 35 min
A breathtaking journey of sea exploration combining marine biology and underwater geology with a history of deep-sea exploration. The 1930 mission by William Beebe and Otis Barton marked humanity's first true exploration of the depths. Recent dives are recounted, from Robert Ballard's journey to the RMS Titanic (which sank in 1912) to filmmaker James Cameron's recent solo dive into the Mariana Trench — all expanding our understanding of the deep-sea environment. Come face-to-face with the fascinating creatures that survive where no life was ever expected — "Into the Deep."
Join Charles Darwin on his voyage with the HMS Beagle to the Galapagos Islands where he was inspired to develop his theory of transmutation by natural selection. From the comfort of Down House in Kent, Darwin himself will explain the mechanism of natural selection and support it by showing many beautiful examples in nature. The thrill of a scientific discovery, the adventure of science, and the beauty of nature are central to this show.
Ages 10+ | Grades 5-12 | 30 min | Education Guide | Available in Mandarin
Feel the Heat! “Supervolcanoes” explores rare types of volcanic eruptions that marshal the energy that lurks, like a sleeping dragon, beneath the surface of planet Earth. The story of these big blow outs is a tale of havoc and mayhem: mass extinctions, climate collapses, and violence beyond anything humans have ever witnessed. In this unique immersive experience, audiences will explore the impact of volcanism on Earth and other worlds in our solar system. Can a supervolcano erupt in our
Explore the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. His confusion about the universe makes viewers think about how the Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system. Native American stories are used throughout the show to help distinguish between myth and science.
Follow Sesame Street's Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from Zhima Jie, the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street. Together, they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth. Big Bird, Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu pick a friendship star to remind them that no matter how far apart they might be, they can always look into the night sky and cherish their shared memories. This show is a brilliant spectacle of light and color as the furry friends watch the stars twinkle over Sesame Street.
Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast
Ages 6-10 | Grades K-5 | 40 min | Education Guide
After decades of teaching the basics of rocket physics, Rusty Rocket has decided this will be his last blast, and he already has plans for how he will spend his free time. Still there is one final mission to command: an introductory tour of the solar system for a new class of rocket rookies focusing on the wide variety of planetary environments. Along the way, we learn Rusty is related to every famous spacecraft to explore the solar system. He also emphasizes the immense distances between the planets using cars and jets for comparison.
This is a story about Little Star, an average yellow star in search for planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars combine to form star clusters and galaxies. Eventually, Little Star finds his planets…
A Starry Tale Ages 7+ | Grades 2-6 | 30 min
The stars have carried messages for thousands of years and have been handed down generation after generation. An ancient story of gods and humans has begun! Explore the constellations in beautiful computer-generated imagery and art. A story from Greek mythology tells the tale of Astraea, the goddess of justice, who is associated with the constellation Libra the Scales.
Cosmic Adventure - NEW!
Ages 6-10 | Grades K-5 | 25 min | Also available for birthday parties
This high speed adventure for family audiences takes you on a roller coaster ride from the Moon through our solar system, galaxy and beyond. You’ll be immersed in some of the most amazing sites in the universe. It’s a ride you will want to take again and again! Narrated by Nancy Cartwright.
Dawn of the Space Age
Ages 10+ | Grades 5-12 | 45 min | Education Guide
NE Science Standards8.1.2, 8.4.1, 12.1.2, 12.4.1
Available in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian & Spanish
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 our first steps into space. Who were these men and women that took part in these death defying endeavors? Witness their drive, their passion, and their perseverance to explore!
Dream to Fly Ages 8+ | Grades 4-12 | 35 min
Discover the mystery of flight with Leonardo da Vinci, Montgolfier brothers, Wright brothers and other inventors. Experience the adventure and find out how this immense and challenging dream, for which mankind has strived since the beginning of history came true. Rich fulldome visuals, beautiful music and a poetic narration make this show an exceptional artwork. The message to viewers is to be open to new ideas and to pursue our dreams.
The Fulldome Experience is the biggest advance in the Planetarium's capabilities since the theater opened almost 50 years ago. Audiences can fall through a black hole, witness the beginnings of the universe, fly through Saturn's rings, swim with whales and much more! Viewers feel like they are part of the unfolding scene, whether it's on the bottom of the ocean or in some distant part of the universe.