Wanek School of Natural Sciences
Culp Planetarium

Fulldome Fridays

Are you a faculty member interested in showing one of our fulldome movies to your class but would like to view it yourself first? Are you curious what our planetarium can do for your group, event, or class? Or are you someone just interested in learning more about science through one of our entertaining and educational fulldome shows? If you answered “yes” to any one of these questions, our Fulldome Friday Series is for you!

Shows will generally begin with a very brief orientation to the night sky and objects currently visible from HPU that time of year using our Starry Night software. Then we will screen one of our short (20-30 min) fulldome movies from our library.  The entire experience will last approximately 30 min. Due to safety concerns associated with our low lighting conditions, we discourage people from entering or exiting the planetarium once the show has started, so please arrive on time.

At this time, Fulldome Friday shows are only open to HPU faculty, staff, and students. Due to a limited seating capacity, reservations are required and can be made using the button links below. We look forward to seeing you under the dome!

CHANGES DURING COVID-19:  Our planetarium shows will be limited to a maximum of 10 people per show. Although faculty, staff, and students may reserve seats using the links below, preference will be given to students in the case that more than 10 seats are reserved. Those who have requested seats will be informed the day before the show as to whether they have a confirmed seat. Masks must be worn for the duration of the show.

February 26th @ 4:00 PM


Solar Superstorms is a major new production that takes viewers into the tangle of magnetic fields and superhot plasma that vent the Sun’s rage in dramatic flares, violent solar tornadoes, and the largest eruptions in the Solar System: coronal mass ejections. The show features one of the most intensive efforts ever made to visualize the Sun’s inner workings, including a series of groundbreaking scientific visualizations computed on the giant supercomputing initiative, Blue Waters, based at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois.



March 5th @ 4:00 PM


OHU Domes are proud to present HOW IT WAS TOLD TO ME: MĀORI LEGENDS FROM NEW ZEALAND, a unique collection of three theatrical short animations. THE CREATION STORY, RONA AND THE MOON, and THE GREAT WAKA deliver three New Zealand Māori stories of the southern skies, in a theatrical, creative and engaging way. HOW IT WAS TOLD TO ME can be showcased as a complete series with a total running length of 17 minutes, or screened individually as an enriching programme addition, each with a running length of approximately five minutes.



March 19th @ 4:00 PM


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?




March 26th @ 4:00 PM


Learn about the secrets of the “rainforests of the sea” as you embark on an oceanic safari through the world’s most vibrant—and endangered—marine ecosystems. Narrated by Tony Award® winner Lea Salonga, Expedition Reef immerses you in a spectacular undersea adventure. Discover how corals grow, feed, reproduce, and support over 25% of all marine life on Earth—while facing unprecedented threats from climate change, habitat destruction, and overfishing.



April 16th @ 4:00 PM


Seen by millions worldwide, Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity is one of the most successful fulldome shows ever produced. Narrated by Academy-Award nominated actor Liam Neeson, this cutting-edge production features high-resolution visualizations of cosmic phenomena, working with data generated by supercomputer simulations, to bring the current science of black holes to the dome screen. Audiences will be dazzled with striking, immersive animations of the formation of the early universe, star birth and death, the collision of giant galaxies, and a simulated flight to a super-massive black hole lurking at the center of our own Milky Way Galaxy.



April 23rd @ 4:00 PM


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. Discover what it means to live in today’s connected world in Habitat Earth. Through stunning visualizations of the natural world, dive below the ocean’s surface to explore the dynamic relationships found in kelp forest ecosystems, travel beneath the forest floor to see how Earth’s tallest trees rely on tiny fungi to survive, and journey to new heights to witness the intricate intersection between human and ecological networks