Planetarium Films

Feature Presentations

These professionally produced films showcase stunning imagery from NASA, engaging animations, and cutting-edge scientific content. Public showtimes are listed for each film. All films may also be booked for group visits.

The Little Star that Could
35 minutes, Pre-K and Elementary
10:30 a.m.

This charming story lets us meet Sol, an average yellow star in search of a planet of his own to protect and warm. Along the way he meets other residents of the universe, discovers how stars combine to form clusters and galaxies, and learns what makes our solar system so special.

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
23 minutes, all ages
11:30 a.m.
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Narrator Liam Neeson introduces the awesome beauty and destructive power of black holes, which are among the universe’s greatest mysteries. Highlights include immersive animations of the formation of the early universe, the collision of giant galaxies, and a flight into the massive black hole lurking at the center of our own Milky Way.

Oasis in Space
23 minutes, all ages
12:30 p.m.
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This film transports us through the solar system in search of liquid water, a key ingredient that makes life as we know it possible. Learn about the forms of water on other celestial bodies and discover how our Earth’s abundant water makes our home truly unique among the planets.

Stars
26 minutes, Elementary to Middle School
1:15 p.m.
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The legendary Mark Hamill leads us on an exploration of the birth and death of stars. Some stars are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others are just beginning their lives through violent and majestic explosions. Embark on a journey of stellar evolution, space exploration, and the history of astronomy.

Passport to the Universe
20 minutes, all ages
2:00 p.m.
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Renowned outer space fan Tom Hanks is your guide on an unforgettable voyage as far into space as today’s technology allows us to see. Every day, as new scientific discoveries reveal answers to cosmic mysteries, we wonder how we fit into this vast universe. Fly beneath the rings of Saturn, into the heart of the Orion Nebula, and through the vastness of the observable universe.

Two Small Pieces of Glass
20 minutes, Middle School and High School
3:00 p.m.

Follow two students at an outdoor star party as they learn about the history and science behind telescopes. From Galileo’s handheld instruments to modern mountaintop observatories and the Hubble telescope, explore 400 years of astronomical investigation and imagine the future of scientific discovery.

Films for Group Visits

In addition to the above films, groups may request the following presentations. These films are most effective when coordinated with the subject matter covered in your classroom, badge/journey, or other projects. With advance notice, ESU faculty may be available to present guided lessons on these topics. Please contact us for more details.

Seasonal Films
15-25 minutes, Middle School and High School

These films are tailored to the time of year specific to your visit.

  • Winter Nights: offered November-February
  • Stars of Spring: offered March-May
  • October Skies: offered September-October
  • Phases of the Moon: offered year-round