Planetarium Films

Both the museum and planetarium are included in a single admission fee.

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.

Please note: Film times may change without notice due to group visits and ESU class activities. Download the daily film schedule or pick one up at the admission desk. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to know whether a film will be shown when you hope to visit.


Astronaut

23 minutes, all ages
– Wednesday and Friday: 12:30 p.m.

Join narrator Ewan McGregor as you experience the astronaut-eye view of a rocket launch. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions and witnessing the effects of space travel on the human body.


Big

25 minutes, Pre-K and Elementary; click here for educator guide
– Wednesday through Saturday: 1:00 p.m.

It is difficult to imagine the immense distances between Earth and the stars. Big travels back through the hours, years, decades and millennia to find the sources of cosmic light that reach our telescopes. Even so, the stretch of sky that we can see from Earth is still only a tiny fraction of the universe.


Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity

24 minutes, all ages; click here for educator guide
– Wednesday and Friday: 12:00 p.m.

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.


Dynamic Earth

24 minutes, all ages; click here for educator guide
– Thursday and Saturday: 12:00 p.m.

With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, Dynamic Earth follows the trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate. See how Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, and biosphere are all affected by the Sun’s rays of light.


The Little Star that Could

35 minutes, Pre-K and Elementary
– Wednesday through Saturday: 11:15 a.m.
– Thursday/Saturday: additional showing at 3:15 p.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.


Oasis in Space

24 minutes, all ages; click here for educator guide
– Thursday and Saturday: 12:30 p.m.

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.


Passport to the Universe

20 minutes, all ages; click here for educator guide
– Thursday and Saturday: 2:30 p.m.

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.


Stars

26 minutes, Elementary to Middle School; click here for educator guide
– Thursday and Saturday: 1:45 p.m.

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.


Undiscovered Worlds

30 minutes, all ages
– Wednesday and Friday: 3:15 p.m.

Through the discovery of exoplanets – the hundreds of planets that have been found orbiting stars beyond the Sun – we have learned that our solar system is not alone in the universe. With rapidly improving technology and recent endeavors such as the Kepler Telescope, the discovery of exoplanets puts us one step closer to the possibility of finding an Earth-like world.


Films for Group Visits

In addition to any of the above films, groups may request the following presentations. Please contact us for more details.

Two Small Pieces of Glass

20 minutes, all ages
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.


Seasonal Films
10-25 minutes, Middle School and High School

These films are most effective when coordinated with subject matter in a class, badge/journey, or other project. With advance notice, ESU faculty may be available to present guided lessons on these topics.

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: upon request