Please enjoy these free online versions of some of our popular planetarium programs. Accompanying education and resource guides are listed for those that are available.
From Earth to the Universe
A voyage to the colorful birthplaces and burial grounds of stars, and still further out, beyond the Milky Way, to the unimaginable immensity of the myriad galaxies. Along the way, learn about the history of astronomy, the invention of the telescope, and today’s giant telescopes that allow us to continue to probe ever deeper into the Universe.
Living networks connect and support life forms large and small—from colonies of tiny microbes and populations of massive whales to ever-expanding human societies. In the California Academy of Sciences’ latest original planetarium show, Habitat Earth, discover what it means to live in today’s connected world.
Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter
The 20th century witnessed amazing advancements in our understanding of the Universe. But, in the early 1930’s evidence began to accumulate that suggested to astronomers that they were missing a large piece of the puzzle. By the end of the century it had become apparent that the Universe contained nearly six times more mass than was previously thought.
Travel back to the beginning of time and experience the birth of the Sun. Discover how it came to support life, how it threatens life as we know it, and how its energy will one day fade away.
The Hot and Energetic Universe
This 27-minute video showcases recent advancements in the science of astronomy. Of particular interest has been the development of instruments that can detect frequencies of light invisible to the human eye, from low energy infrared and radio waves, to high energy ultraviolet rays, x-rays, and gamma rays. A detailed examination of these previously hidden light waves has revolutionized our understanding of the Universe.
The Sun: Our Living Star
The Sun has shown on our world for four and a half billion years. It is our nearest star and our planet’s powerhouse, the source of energy that drives our weather and sustains virtually all life on Earth. Discover the secrets of our star in this planetarium show and experience never-before-seen images of the Sun’s violent surface.
Two Small Pieces of Glass
This show follows two students learning about the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a child’s spyglass — using two small pieces of glass — to the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. Aiming to engage and appeal to audiences of all ages, the show explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years.
If you like these resources, please consider making a donation to support Roberson as we work to provide you with more educational materials.