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Single Ticket 

Adults: $7.00  –  Children (12 and under): $5.00

Ticket includes admittance to one planetarium show for the date of purchase and admittance to the Earthquake Exhibit.

All Day Pass 

Adults: $12.00  –  Children (12 and under): $9.00

Ticket includes admittance to all planetarium shows for the date of purchase and admittance to the Earthquake Exhibit. 


Mystery of the Christmas Star

Length: 30 minutes

Rating: Suitable for all audiences

Description: Mystery of the Christmas Star deals with one of the most beautiful and mysterious stories ever told - the journey of the Wise Men who visited Christ at his birth. The show takes a sincere and serious look at potential explanations for the Star of Bethlehem. You will be left with a new appreciation for the night sky and the beauty of the starry host above.

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Earthquake

Length: 25 minutes

Rating: Suitable for all audiences

Description: Starting at Point Reyes in Northern California, the show flies south along the San Andreas Fault until it reaches San Francisco. The Golden Gate Bridge fades away as the clock rewinds to 1906. The audience experiences an all-digital recreation of the 7.9-magnitude earthquake, followed by a scientific dissection of the event-including views of the underground fault plane and the propagation of seismic energy waves based on supercomputer simulations. Guests then embark on a high-speed tour of the past 200 million years, witnessing the formation of the Atlantic Ocean, flying over the cradle of humanity in Africa's Great Rift Valley, and visiting sites of historic earthquakes in India, China, and Japan-including the 9.0-magnitude Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

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Let it Snow: A Holiday Music Journey

Length: 32 minutes

Rating: Suitable for all audiences

Description: "Let it Snow" features a new variety of festive classics from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Burl Ives and Brenda Lee, and includes a stunning multi-media finale by Trans Siberian Orchestra. The soundtrack is visually enhanced with thematic animation, laser imagery, special effects, and all-dome scenery to create a fully immersive holiday experience. 

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School Shows

Shows listed below are available only for school field trips.  Note: Schools may also request shows listed above.


Little Star

The Little Star That Could

Rating: PreK - 1st

Length: 35 minutes

Description: A story about a 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. Each planet is introduced to the audience along with basic information about our solar system.

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One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

Rating: PreK - 1st

Length: 20 minutes

Description: Big Bird, Elmo and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, take viewers on a journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the Sun, and the Moon. Audiences age 3-7.

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To Space & Back

Length: 30 minutes

Rating: Suitable for all audiences

Description: Space exploration, our greatest adventure, is having a big impact on our lives. It is helping us to discover a universe of unimaginable scale and beauty, and it is reaching down into our world and influencing the way we live. To Space & Back takes audiences on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. It is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day. What is happening above is coming back down to Earth! 

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Cardboard Rocket

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

Grade: K - 3rd

Length: 30 minutes

Description: Take a trip with two adventurous kids, and a very talkative book from the library, as they explore the planets of our solar system in their very own cardboard rocket. Along the way they learn something special about each of the planets.

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Teacher Resources: The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket (Teacher Guide)

Kindergarten: 8C
1st Grade: 2A, 5A, 8B
2nd Grade: 2A, 8D
3rd Grade: 8D


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The Last Reef

Length: 40 minutes

Rating: Suitable for all audiences

Description: Fly across iridescent tropical reefs, brush through a cloud of a million jellyfish, visit an alien world where the closer you look, the more you see, where the tiniest creatures support the greatest predators. We think of reefs as exotic, distant places with little or no connection to our everyday world. Yet every reef is a living city beneath the sea with a parallel existence to ours, distant yet undeniably connected. Reefs are hot spots of biodiversity as vital to life on earth as the rain-forests. They have been shaping our shorelines, literally forming islands and mountains, for millions of years. The fossil record shows that given time they have recovered from all of earth's major extinction events. Even reefs pulverized by atomic blasts at Bikini Atoll have regenerated. Yet within our lifetime reefs have come to face their greatest threat...

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Cosmic Journey

Length: 25 minutes

Rating: Suitable for all audiences

Description: Nestled deep within a huge spiral galaxy containing hundreds of billions of stars is an average yellow star. Yet there is something extraordinary about this star-it's ours! Travel the solar system faster than the speed of light, taking in all the wonders of its diverse planets and moons. Volcanoes tower 80,000 feet above a barren surface. Monstrous hurricanes rage for 400 years. And multicolored rings sit suspended in air. In Cosmic Journey: A Solar System Adventure, you'll make your way to some of the most interesting and intriguing locations that circle our Sun. It will take you on a voyage to the outer reaches of our Solar System in search of worlds that might support life.

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Black Holes

Length: 37 minutes

Rating: Suitable for all audiences

Description: A completely original Clark Planetarium production, "Black Holes" takes you on a journey through one of the most mystifying, awe-inspiring phenomena in the universe: a Black Hole. Where do they come from? Where do they go? How do we find them? Is there one on Earth's horizon? What are supermassive black holes? What is "spaghettification"? All these questions will be answered in Black Holes.

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DinoSaur Passage

Dinosaur Passage to Pangaea

Length: 41 minutes

Rating: Ages >7

Description: This show is a stop-motion 3D animated adventure explaining one of the greatest geological events in the history of the Earth: the separation of the super-continent Pangaea. When two children embark on a geology field trip back in time they are thrown into a fantastic voyage where they witness incredible geological wonders and learn the mysterious process that created our present-day continents and gave us volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis.  From racing across the landscape atop dinosaurs to plummeting to the center of the Earth, Dinosaurs Passage to Pangaea is the perfect educational glimpse at the tectonic forces that forged our world.

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Earth, Moon and Sun

Earth, Moon and Sun

Length: 25 minutes

Rating: K - 5

Description: Coyote has a razor-sharp wit, but he's a little confused about what he sees in the sky. Join this amusing character (adapted from American Indian oral traditions) in a fast-paced and fun fulldome show that explores lunar phases, eclipses and other puzzles. Engaging and immersive, Earth, Moon & Sun also examines how humans learn through space exploration. Audiences age 5-11.

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Space Junk

Length:  38 minutes

Rating: Suitable for all ages

Description: With media headlines repeatedly warning us of debris falling from the skies, orbital debris, or “space junk,” has finally risen to the forefront of social consciousness. But what is space junk? How did it get there? Just how big (and serious) is the problem?

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Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity

Length: 25 minutes

Rating: Suitable for all audiences

Description: In this Museum-produced show, zip through other-worldly wormholes, experience the creation of the Milky Way Galaxy, and witness the violent death of a star and subsequent birth of a black hole. Mathematical equations, cutting-edge science, and Einstein's theories fill in holes along the way, providing the most complete picture yet on this mysterious phenomenon. Can you feel the pull?

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Back to the Moon

Length: 30 minutes

Rating: Suitable for all audiences

Description: The show opens with the first era of space exploration in the late 1960s and early 1970s. We see what that era of landers and orbiters taught us about our nearest neighbor including the discovery of the Moon’s origin, composition, structure and the accessibility of raw materials on its surface. The Google Lunar XPRIZE is introduced as the largest incentivized competition to date, designed to democratize space and create new opportunities for eventual human and robotic presence on the Moon. We see the engineering and innovation steps taken by the internationally distributed teams competing to land a spacecraft on the Moon and vie for additional prizes. We highlight the human spirit of competition and collaboration as teams take on this audacious challenge. Who will win the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE? The audience is taken through a successful launch, landing and lunar surface travel. The show ends with a stunning glimpse of a plausible scenario for our future on the Moon.

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Maya Preview

Tales of the Maya Skies

Length: 33 minutes

Rating: Suitable for all audiences

Description: Immerse yourself in the beauty of the "seventh wonder of the modern world," Mexico's Chichén Itzá. Hear the story of the ancient Maya civilization. Experience Tales of the May Skies, a new digital full-dome planetarium show produced by Chabot Space & Science Center. Narrated by Latin Grammy Award winner Lila Downs, Tales of the Maya Skies transports us to the jungles of Mexico, presenting the rich history and culture of the ancient Maya. Using the latest three dimensional laser scanning and advanced graphic techniques, Tales of the Maya Skies weaves together the richness of Maya culture, stories, science and contributions to our way of life.

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Wonders of the Universe

Wonders of the Universe

Length: 30 minutes

Suggested Age: 6th and up

Description: Peer deep into space through the eyes of the Hubble Space Telescope. Travel back in time to witness the birth of the Universe. See the formation of galaxies, and explore beautiful nebulae. Visit neighboring planets in our Solar System before returning to Earth.

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Teacher Resources: Examine Hubblesite.org's picture gallery while considering the implications of The Hubble Space Telescope's discoveries.


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From the Blue Planet to the Red Planet

Length: 25 minutes

Rating: Suitable for all audiences

Description: Journey to the year 2132 as we follow Carina, a young woman stationed on Mars, as she communicates with her brother Aidan back on Earth. Experience living on a futuristic Mars colony, and ride a rover across the Martian surface. Children and adults alike will learn about the differences between Earth and Mars and what it might be like to live and work on another planet.

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Space Park 360

Length: 30 minutes

Rating: Suitable for all audiences

Description: Space Park 360 is a 9-ride show that takes audiences on a wild immersive ride through the Solar System while recreating the experience of amusement park thrill rides—roller coasters, pendulums, inverters and more. From the top of Jupiter's clouds to the icy depth of Neptune’s moon Triton, each location serves to heighten the thrilling experience. Note: This is a musically based entertainment show with limited to no narration and very little educational value. 

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Astronaut

Astronaut

Length: 25 minutes

Rating: Suitable for all audiences

Description: The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor that humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? What does it take to become an astronaut? Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body.

Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject ‘Chad’, our test astronaut, to everything that space has to throw at him. Narrated by Ewan McGregor.

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Violent Universe

Length: 25 minutes

Rating: Suitable for all audiences

Description: The beauty of a starlit sky conceals the violent forces at work within our universe. From the upheaval of a giant star that explodes to release its material into space, to a future encounter between the Earth and a large asteroid that is too close for comfort, we will witness the forces that hold the universe together and occasionally try to rip it apart. 

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Extreme Planets

Length: 25 minutes

Rating: Suitable for all audiences

Description: Just over a decade ago there were no known planets orbiting sunlike stars outside our own solar system. Since 1995, however, fast-paced developments in detection techniques have revealed hundreds of extrasolar planets--with the pace of discovery increasing all the time. Though it will be years before we have direct images of the surfaces of these worlds, this show gives us an idea of what they might look like - up close and personal! In this original production we'll explore the idea of what "Earth-like" even means, and take an immersive journey to several worlds that may stretch the imagination, but aren't science fiction anymore.

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Saturn: Jewel of the Heavens

Length: 30 minutes

Rating: Suitable for all audiences

Description: Once a planet of great mystery, now we know more than ever before about its amazing system of rings, moons, and storms thanks to modern robotic space pioneers. While "Saturn" incorporates the best imagery from the Cassini-Huygens missions, it is not a slide show. For example, we've taken the photomaps of the moons and wrapped them onto 3-dimensional spheres complete with surface sculpting and height maps so the craters, canyons and mountains will show true surface relief! In this modern 36-minute production, audiences can experience an immersive exploration of one of the most amazing and dynamic planetary collections of our solar system.

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Two Small Pieces of Glass

Length: 25 minutes

Rating: Suitable for all audiences.

Description: A full dome show about the history and science of telescopes. Galileo did not invent the telescope, but he was the first person to use the newly invented device to observe the sky. Through these observations the Italian philosopher-scientist concluded that the heavens were not perfect and immutable: he observed lunar mountains, phases of Venus, Jupiter's largest moons, and even sunspots. The two small pieces of glass revealed a Universe that was far more complex than previously assumed. Telescopes have advanced considerably since Galileo's time. Humanity now has large observatories and even a couple in outer space. "Two Small Pieces of Glass" shows how telescopes work; and how astronomers have used them to scrutinize the structures within our cosmos.

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EastTexasLiveSkies

East Texas Live Skies

Length: 20 minutes

Rating: Suitable for all audiences

Description: A classic planetarium show, East Texas Live Skies is an interactive sky show featuring many of the most popular and interesting objects visible in the nighttime sky. You will not only be able to pick out the Big Dipper or the Sword of Orion in the real night sky, but while in the dome you can travel light-years in seconds, fly to galaxies, and explore the edge of the observable universe.