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


September 30th @ 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?

 

 

 

 

 

October 7th @ 4pm

Spooky Space

Spooky Space movie posterLooking for cosmic fun this Halloween season? Would you like to meet the spectacular stars of Halloween? Monsters, zombies, and ghosts – and their far more terrible counterparts in space? Oh yes, space has its monsters: Black holes, zombie stars, and spectacular ghostly nebulae! Explore these “spooky” wonders of the night sky here at the planetarium. Learn about the celestial origins of Halloween and how it is an astronomical holiday.

 

 

 

 

 

October 21st @ 4pm

Spooky Space

Spooky Space movie posterLooking for cosmic fun this Halloween season? Would you like to meet the spectacular stars of Halloween? Monsters, zombies, and ghosts – and their far more terrible counterparts in space? Oh yes, space has its monsters: Black holes, zombie stars, and spectacular ghostly nebulae! Explore these “spooky” wonders of the night sky here at the planetarium. Learn about the celestial origins of Halloween and how it is an astronomical holiday.

 

 

 

 

 

October 28th @ 4pm

Spooky Space

Spooky Space movie posterLooking for cosmic fun this Halloween season? Would you like to meet the spectacular stars of Halloween? Monsters, zombies, and ghosts – and their far more terrible counterparts in space? Oh yes, space has its monsters: Black holes, zombie stars, and spectacular ghostly nebulae! Explore these “spooky” wonders of the night sky here at the planetarium. Learn about the celestial origins of Halloween and how it is an astronomical holiday.

 

 

 

 

 

November 4th @ 4pm

To Be Announced!

 

 

 

 

 

November 11th @ 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.

 

 

 

 

 

November 18th @ 4pm

Faster than Light: the Dream of Interstellar Flight

Faster than Light: the Dream of Interstellar Flight movie poster“Faster than Light: The Dream of Interstellar Flight” will take you on virtual rides aboard spacecraft of the future. As scientists race to discover new habitable worlds, they rely on new technologies to achieve ultra-high speeds, using exotic next generation rocket fuels and breakthrough concepts in physics. How far, and how fast, can our technology take us?

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 2nd @ 4pm

The Longest Night: A Winter’s Tale

The Longest Night: A Winter's Tale movie posterThe winter solstice provides the backdrop for this one-of-a-kind planetarium show. This original fable of courage, generosity, and renewal explores the concept that winter is a time for Earth to rest, waiting for new growth in the spring. Featuring a young girl born into a family of nomadic storytellers, she embarks on a simple quest that leads her to a dragon’s nest. What will she discover there, and how will it help her save her village?

 

 

 

 

 

December 9th @ 4pm

The Longest Night: A Winter’s Tale

The Longest Night: A Winter's Tale movie posterThe winter solstice provides the backdrop for this one-of-a-kind planetarium show. This original fable of courage, generosity, and renewal explores the concept that winter is a time for Earth to rest, waiting for new growth in the spring. Featuring a young girl born into a family of nomadic storytellers, she embarks on a simple quest that leads her to a dragon’s nest. What will she discover there, and how will it help her save her village?