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JERUSALEM takes audiences on an inspiring and eye-opening tour of one of the world’s oldest and most enigmatic cities. Destroyed and rebuilt countless times over 5,000 years, Jerusalem’s enduring appeal remains a mystery. What made it so important to so many different cultures? How did it become the center of the world for three major religions? Why does it still matter to us?

JERUSALEM attempts to answer these questions by following three young Jerusalemites and their families – Jewish, Christian and Muslim. Through their eyes, audiences will learn what it means to call Jerusalem home, and experience celebrations and events that mark the high points of a year in the life of the city.

JERUSALEM will also follow noted archaeologist, Dr. Jodi Magness, as she explores some of the most extraordinary historical sites in the region in order to better understand this crossroads of civilization.

JERUSALEM seeks to build trust and respect between Jews, Christians and Muslims by showcasing their common heritage and inspiring them, and the public, to better understand each other. Audiences will gain a completely unique perspective of a part of the world that captivates the imagination of billions of people.

August 17, 2022

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Mars 1001

Wednesday, August 17, 2022
11:00 am
Mars 1001 Planetarium Show

Mars 1001

Space reporter Miles O’Brien guides you through the first human mission to Mars — a daring 1000-day mission to fly an international crew to the red planet and return them safely to Earth. Many challenges will have to be met in order for the crew to succeed and unlock the secrets of the new World!

Just a $5.00 add-on to your paid museum admission!

(Members receive a $1.50 discount on planetarium shows)

Asteroid: Mission Extreme

Wednesday, August 17, 2022
12:00 pm

Asteroid: Mission Extreme!

This planetarium show takes audiences on an epic journey to discover the possibilities that asteroids present for space travel. Using stunning visuals and state-of-the-art computer graphics, the film presents the fascinating idea, based on real science, that asteroids could be used as stepping stones to other worlds, veritable “way stations” in space enabling us to cross the entire solar system.

As with any venture in outer space, the challenges involved with making this idea a reality are enormous; however, a mission this extreme could ultimately lead us to learn how to protect our planet and how to successfully inhabit other worlds.

Explore what it would take for astronauts to reach an asteroid and then tame it for our use, as well as how such an extraordinary adventure could benefit humankind, in Asteroid: Mission Extreme.

Narrated by Sigourney Weaver

Just a $5.00 add-on to your paid museum admission!

(Members receive a $1.50 discount on planetarium shows)

Current Night Sky

Wednesday, August 17, 2022
1:00 pm

Our live full-dome programs utilize Digistar6, a visualization and simulation software aimed at presenting and teaching astronomy, astrophysics, and earth sciences. Our full-dome theater is a large-scale immersive environment, featuring a real-time digital planetarium.

Current Night Sky
Long before television, GPS, and street lights, there were the stars of the night sky. Visitors will travel through the seasonal night sky to learn about constellations, hear mythical stories, and observe the magnificent Long Island sky.

Just a $5.00 add-on to your paid museum admission!

(Members receive a $1.50 discount on planetarium shows)

Birth of Planet Earth

Wednesday, August 17, 2022
2:00 pm
Birth of Planet Earth Planetarium Show

Birth of Planet Earth tells the twisted tale of our planet’s origins.

Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to a billion planets roughly the size of our own. The film employs advanced, data-driven, cinematic-quality visualizations to explore some of the greatest questions in science today: How did Earth become a living planet in the wake of our solar system’s violent birth? What does its history tell us about our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like?

Produced by Spitz Creative Media, NCSA’s Advanced Visualization Lab, Thomas Lucas Productions, Inc., in association with Tellus Science Museum. This project has been made possible with support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Greater Philadelphia Film Office; funded in part by the National Science Foundation.

Runtime: 24 minutes
Suitable for: General Audiences, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12 & College

Just a $5.00 add-on to your paid museum admission!

(Members receive a $1.50 discount on planetarium shows)

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Asteroid: Mission Extreme

Wednesday, August 17, 2022
3:00 pm

Asteroid: Mission Extreme!

This planetarium show takes audiences on an epic journey to discover the possibilities that asteroids present for space travel. Using stunning visuals and state-of-the-art computer graphics, the film presents the fascinating idea, based on real science, that asteroids could be used as stepping stones to other worlds, veritable “way stations” in space enabling us to cross the entire solar system.

As with any venture in outer space, the challenges involved with making this idea a reality are enormous; however, a mission this extreme could ultimately lead us to learn how to protect our planet and how to successfully inhabit other worlds.

Explore what it would take for astronauts to reach an asteroid and then tame it for our use, as well as how such an extraordinary adventure could benefit humankind, in Asteroid: Mission Extreme.

Narrated by Sigourney Weaver

Just a $5.00 add-on to your paid museum admission!

(Members receive a $1.50 discount on planetarium shows)