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.  We look forward to seeing you under the dome!

Reservations are not required

February 10th @ 4pm

How It Was Told To Me: Māori Legends from New Zealand

How It Was Told To Me: Māori Legends from New Zealand movie poster“How It Was Told To Me: Māori Legends From New Zealand” is a unique collection of three theatrical short animations about the southern skies. Shown together, THE CREATION STORY, RONA AND THE MOON, and THE GREAT WAKA paint a picture of how the world we know today came to be, according to Māori legends. Using an artistic style different from any other fulldome movie in our collection, these films are truly an interdisciplinary treat!






February 17th @ 4pm

Expedition Reef

Expedition Reef movie posterLearn 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 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.






February 24th @ 4pm

Birth of Planet Earth

Birth of Planet Earth movie poster“Birth of Planet Earth” tells the twisted tale of Earth’s origin. Scientists now believe there are many other solar systems within our own galaxy, with planets roughly our size. Using data-driven, cinematic-quality visualizations, 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 3rd @ 4pm

Natural Selection

Natural Selection movie posterJoin Charles Darwin on his voyage with the HMS Beagle to the Galapagos Islands, where he was inspired to develop his later theory of transmutation by natural selection. Then from the comfort of Down House in Kent, Darwin himself will explain the mechanism of natural selection. Get ready to experience the thrill of a scientific discovery, the adventure of science, and the beauty of nature!







March 17th @ 4pm

Solar Superstorms

Solar Superstorms movie posterA fury is building on the surface of the Sun: high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave 100,000 km high, rising loops of electrified gas. There are tangles 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. What’s driving these strange phenomena? How will they affect planet Earth? Find the answers as we venture into our star.






March 24th @ 4pm

Atlas of a Changing Earth

Atlas of a Changing Earth movie posterUsing stunning, latest-generation imagery from space satellites and supercomputers, “Atlas of a Changing Earth” takes viewers into the dynamic processes causing coastal glaciers to melt and explores how rising seas could threaten coastlines across the world. This revolution in the ancient science of cartography reveals the hidden dynamic of climate change and is creating a roadmap for saving our planet.






April 14th @ 4pm

To Space and Back

To Space and Back movie poster“To Space and Back” 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. Discover how we’ve been changed by space exploration, and what we owe to curiosity and the spirit of discovery. What’s happening above is coming back down to Earth!







April 21st @ 4pm

Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth movie poster“Dynamic Earth” explores the the winds, the oceans, and the forces of nature that shape our changing world. To learn about the systems that shape our climate, take a ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes!