Shows

We offer public shows most Friday evenings, except first Fridays of the month and during UAA holidays and closures.  Each of these presentations will last roughly 60 minutes, featuring a 25-40 minute show (described below) followed by a live tour of the night sky, the Solar System, or whatever you would like to see!  There will also be time for our expert presenters to answer questions from the audience.  We also rent out our theater for private shows of a similar format; schedule and pricing information are available upon request.

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Our current public show schedule is listed below.  Click on the links to jump to the show descriptions further down the page.

Friday, April 18th

  • 6:30pm - River of Bears with Tom Griffin of the Alaska Department of Fish & Game
  • 8:00pm - Black Holes with UAA Astronomy Professor, Dr. Travis Rector

Friday, April 25th

Friday, May 9th

Friday, May 30th

Friday, June 13th

Friday, June 27th

  • 6:30pm - Nanocam with UAA Biological Sciences' Professor, Dr. Caroline Wilson
  • 8:00pm - Natural Selection with UAA Biological Sciences' Faculty, Catherine Pongratz

Friday, July 11th

Friday, July 25th


Please note that this schedule may need to change.  If the demand is high, we will work to offer additional shows.  To be notified when new public shows are scheduled or the schedule changes, please join our mailing list.

Online Ticket Prices:

  • FREE for current UAA Planetarium Members
  • $10 for Adults
  • $ 5 for UAA Students (w/ valid ID)
  • $ 5 for Children (4-18 years)

Tickets sold in advance at UAATix.com.

At the Door Ticket Prices*:
  • FREE for current UAA Planetarium Members
  • $12 for Adults
  • $ 6 for UAA Students (w/ valid ID)
  • $ 6 for Children (4-18 years)
  • At the Door payment options: cash, check and credit card!

Because of the popularity of our public shows, we strongly recommend that you reserve seats in advance at UAATix.com Because the theater is dark and can be scary for young children, we do not recommend bringing children under the age of 4. More info regarding our public shows is at the bottom of this page.

*ticket prices have been raised to include the ticketing fee, thank you. 

 

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Shows

The following programs are currently "in rotation" on our public show schedule, and most are also available for private group showings. If you don't see one of these shows on our current schedule, just wait! We now have so many great shows, it may take a few months to fit a given show back into the schedule. Most of these shows will continue to be available for years to come, so stay tuned for your favorites to return.



 

River of Bears

UAA Planetarium River of BearsCome to Alaska to see the largest gathering of bears in the world! Shot in stunning 4k fulldome video, River of Bears takes you to the legendary McNeil River State Game Sanctuary, where more than one hundred brown bears congregate each summer to fish, mate and prepare for the harsh Alaska winter. Immerse yourself in this wild setting while learning from experts how the bears navigate one another with remarkable intelligence in order to survive. You will never see these iconic animals the same way again.  

Private Shows: Now available for scheduling. 
Public Shows: See show schedule above. 
 

Tilted Solstice - NEW!

UAA Planetarium Show: Tilted SolsticeNEW!  Live presentation on summer solstice and our tilted little world.  Presented by Planetarium Manager, Omega Smith.  

This show will go over the history, mythology and astronomy behind the longest day of the year.  What it means for us on Earth? What it's like on other planets?

 

Back to the Moon for Good

Back to the Moon for Good PosterBack To The Moon For Good begins with a tour through the history of lunar exploration, tracing back to the 1960s and 1970s. We hear from some of the teams racing to land a robotic spacecraft on the moon and win the Google Lunar XPRIZE. The audience is taken on a successful launch, landing and tour of the lunar surface. The show ends with an enticing visualization of a future settlement on the moon. The stunning visuals and compelling narrative of the show explain the importance of the Google Lunar XPRIZE in encouraging today's space entrepreneurs and innovators to collaborate toward building a new space economy while inspiring the next generation to "shoot for the moon." 
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Private Shows: Now available for scheduling. 
Public Shows: See show schedule above.
 

Audio Dome

Trips Through the Cosm will be showing Friday June 13th at the UAA Planetarium. This particular showing of Audio Dome has been in production for nearly a year and will be showcasing brand new visuals and new lighting effects yet to be shown. This show will be a game changer for Audio Dome and one of the last showings. DJ Wildebeest will be spinning a mix of Electro and Dubstep including artists like Justice, Zeds Dead, and Deadmau5. (50 min run time, seizure, volume, and motion sickness warnings.) 

Private Shows: Now available for scheduling.
Public Shows: See show schedule above. 
 

Scales of the Universe

Scales of the UniverseHow big is the Universe? Does it go on forever? What is the most distant object we can see? We'll answer all of these questions and more in a special all-live presentation. Starting from the Earth, we will fly out of our Solar System, beyond our galaxy the Milky Way, and to the edge of the observable Universe!

Private Shows: Now available for scheduling.
Public Shows: See show schedule above. 
 

Awesome Light

Planetarium Show- Awesome LightAwesome Light, a fulldome show from the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i, shows discoveries from the giant telescopes of Maunakea.  With unique access to these telescopes, it showcases the latest discoveries from the major international observatories located in Hawai'i.Learn about the "Big Mirrors" on the mountain! Voyage into Subaru, Gemini, Keck, and Canada-France-Hawai'i observatories to explore exo-planets, supernovae, and stars orbiting around the black hole at the center of our galaxy.  (22 minutes)
Private Shows: Now available for scheduling. 
Public Shows: See show schedule above. 

 

Fractals Forest

fractalsA new spin on the currently showing Fractals Rock. A live DJ will be playing along with the fractals that you've come to love as well as new ones created by the staff and students at the UAA Planetarium.  Fractals are all around us in the natural world, spanning a huge range of scales. The same patterns repeat themselves again and again, from the tiny branching of our blood vessels and neurons to the branching of trees, lightning bolts, and river networks.  Fractals also serve as intricately beautiful representations of the otherwise abstract world of mathematics.  They're surprisingly simple to make, but the closer you look at them, the more complexities you find.  Fractals Forest will take you on a visual tour of the endless fractal patterns of nature and magnify for you the infinite complexity of mathematical art.  (~40 minutes)
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Private Shows: Now available for scheduling. 
Public Shows: See show schedule above. 

 

Dawn of the Space Age

UAA Planetarium Show: Dawn of the Space AgeRelive the excitement of the early days of space exploration, from the launch of the first artificial satellite 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.  (30- and 41-minute versions)

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Additional Languages: Russian
Private Shows: Now available for scheduling. 
Public Shows: See show schedule above. 

 

Stars of The Alaskan Sky

Planetarium Show - Stars of the Alaskan SkyHave you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered what you were seeing? What is that bright object on the horizon? And where is the Big Dipper? In a special all-live presentation, we'll take you on a tour of the night sky and show you what you can see during our long winter nights. You'll learn about what constellations are visible, how to look for the moon, and what planets you can see. And best of all, it will be a balmy 68 degrees inside the planetarium!

Private Shows: Now available for scheduling. 
Public Shows: See show schedule above. 

 

IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System

UAA Planetarium Show: IBEXThis fulldome presentation follows the construction, launch, and early science results of NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer mission (IBEX). The spacecraft never gets farther than the orbit of the Moon, but by collecting fast-moving particles that have traveled 10 billion miles to the heliosheath and back, IBEX is mapping where the Sun's influence ends and interstellar space begins. Created at Chicago's Adler Planetarium with visualizations from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), this program is narrated by two inquisitive teenagers and features interviews with the scientists and engineers who have put their creative energies into this fascinating mission. (28 minutes)
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Private Shows: Now available for scheduling.
Public Shows: See show schedule above.
 

Nanocam: A Trip to Biodiversity

UAA Planetarium Show: NanocamThe show that shrinks you down to the size of an insect and flies you through the eye of a needle.

Nanocam: a trip into biodiversity is a microscopic joyride into the five kingdoms of life. With the latest 3D animation technology and based on real electron microscope imagery, this show offers a unique, motivating, didactic and funny approach to biology that has never been seen like this before.

Join Hugo and Marcos as they rush to finish an assignment before heading off to the big game.  But when they find the Nanocam microscope simulator online, their tedious task turns into a fascinating voyage of discovery into worlds they'd never dreamed of before.  (28 minutes)

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Private Shows: Now available for scheduling.
Public Shows: See show schedule above.

 

Natural Selection

UAA Planetarium Show: Natural SelectionIn Victorian times many physical phenomena had already been discovered and described by natural laws, but life's most eloquent mechanism was still unknown. Join the young Charles Darwin on an adventurous voyage of exploration circumnavigating the world with the H.M.S. Beagle. Hear Darwin himself reveal the simple and beautiful mechanism that explains the evolution of all life on Earth: Natural Selection.

This fulldome program was created by Mirage3D, the 3D animation and film studio that brought you the planetarium favorite, "Dawn of the Space Age." This meticulously produced presentation seamlessly brings together photo-realistic animation and real-world footage to immerse you in the wonder of Darwin's world.  (42 minutes)

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Private Shows: Now available for scheduling.
Public Shows: See show schedule above.

 

Dynamic Earth

Planetarium Show - Dynamic EarthDynamic Earth is an immersive fulldome program that explores the inner workings of Earth's climate engine. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes. Brought to you by the creators of "Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity."  (24 minutes)
View Trailer | Educator's Guide | Website
Private Shows: Now available for scheduling.
Public Shows: See show schedule above. 
 

Two Small Pieces of Glass

UAA Planetarium Show: Two Small Pieces of GlassEngaging and appealing to audiences of all ages, Two Small Pieces of Glass is a fulldome show that 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 through out the last 400 years.

While looking through the astronomer's telescope, the students, along with the planetarium audience, explore the Galilean Moons, Saturn's rings, and spiral structure of galaxies. During their conversation with the astronomer, they also learn about the discoveries of Galileo, Huygens, Newton, Hubble and many others.  (23 minutes)

Additional Languages: Russian.

Private Shows: Now available for scheduling.
Public Shows: See show schedule above.

 

Origins of Life

UAA Planetarium Show: Origin of LifeThis fulldome program deals with some of the most profound questions in the field of life science. Starting with the Big Bang, Origins of Life deals with prebiotic chemistry in the Universe, the formation of stars and planets, and the first life on Earth. It covers the great extinctions as well as humanity's search for primitive life beyond the Earth. Featuring many recent discoveries related to life science, this motivational journey demonstrates that if there was ever a time when science was making its greatest advances, it's right now! (23 minutes)

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Private Shows: Now available for scheduling.
Public Shows: See show schedule above.

 

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity

Planetarium Show - Black HolesThis fulldome show from Thomas Lucas Productions was developed in collaboration with Denver Museum of Nature & Science, NOVA and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Narrated by Academy-Award nominated actor Liam Neeson, this cutting-edge production features high-resolution visualizations to bring the current science of black holes onto the dome.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 into the super-massive black hole lurking at the center of our galaxy.(23 minutes) 
Additional Languages: Spanish
Private Shows: Now available for scheduling.
Public Shows: See show schedule above. 
 

Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet

Planetarium Show - EarthquakeA sweeping geological journey, Earthquake explores the forces that transform the surface of our planet.  After a stunning flight over the San Andreas Fault, audiences travel back in time to experience San Francisco's infamous 1906 earthquake.  Data-driven visualizations illustrate Earth's story, revealing how subtle motions and sudden ruptures have shaped our planet over eons - and how geological activity influences the course of human history.  Finally, see how scientists and engineers help society prepare for a safer future. (23 minutes)

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Private Shows: Now available for scheduling.
Public Shows: See show schedule above.

 


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Because of the popularity of our public shows, we strongly recommend that you reserve seats online in advance.  Individual and Student members may reserve one seat per show, while Family and Organizational members (and above) may reserve up to four seats per show.  Online reservations are free for members, and non-members can purchase tickets online with a credit card.  Seats may typically be reserved online until 3pm the day of the show (but the day before the show for Saturday Matinees).  All remaining tickets will be sold at the door on a first-come, first-served basis on the night of the show.  We will be only accepting cash at the door.  Even if a show is sold out, we typically have a few seats available on the night of the show.  The planetarium will open for seating 30 minutes before each show.  You must be in the theater 10 minutes before the show starts.  Unclaimed reserve seats will be released after this time to stand-by customers.  There is no entry after the show begins.

For questions about the planetarium, our shows, or how to make reservations on UAATix.com, please contact the planetarium staff via email at planetarium@uaa.alaska.edu or by phone at (907) 786-1838.  Should you require to cancel your public show reservations, please let us know!  But unfortunately, we are not able to offer refunds for purchased tickets after the fact.  We are also now scheduling private group shows!  Please let us know if you would like more information about reserving our theater for a private event.

 

IBEXPosterLg_168pxIBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System

This fulldome presentation follows the construction, launch, and early science results of NASA's Interstellar Boundary EXplorer mission (IBEX). The spacecraft never gets farther than the orbit of the Moon, but by collecting fast-moving particles that have traveled 10 billion miles to the heliosheath and back, IBEX is mapping where the Sun's influence ends and interstellar space begins. Created at Chicago's Adler Planetarium with visualizations from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), this program is narrated by two inquisitive teenagers and features interviews with the scientists and engineers who have put their creative energies into this fascinating mission. (28 minutes)

Private Shows: Now available for scheduling.
Public Shows: See show schedule above.