Visit an aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum—all under one living roof.
Morrison Planetarium shows are fueled by cutting-edge scientific data, resulting in stunning visualizations of the latest findings, discoveries, and theories about our Universe. Every star or galaxy a viewer encounters in the planetarium precisely mirrors a real-world counterpart, and when this virtual cosmos is projected onto Morrison's 75-foot-diameter screen (titled at a 30 degree angle), the dome itself seems to disappear.
The result—a sensation often described as flying—can be felt throughout a wide range of programming, from traditional star shows and special films like Dark Universe, to live broadcasts from Academy scientists in the field, to films that explore the fragile ecosystems on planet Earth. Tickets to Morrison Planetarium shows are included in the price of admission. To get yours, just stop by the Planetarium kiosk when you arrive.
Explore two of today’s greatest cosmic mysteries—dark matter and dark energy—in this vast, data-fueled starscape of beauty and wonder. Narrated by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dark Universe is a celebration of the pivotal discoveries we’ve made thus far—and of the questions that still drive us.
A Cosmic Return
Back by popular demand, the Academy’s award-winning Life: A Cosmic Story returns to Morrison Planetarium this month to join Dark Universe in regular rotation. Narrated by Jodie Foster, Life takes viewers on a journey that spans billions of years in a breathtaking exploration of how life on Earth began.
Mimicking the tilt of planet Earth, the frame of the dome—composed of 100 percent recycled steel—supports a NanoSeam projection screen that seems to disappear when lit, creating a true-to-life recreation of luminous, faraway space and skies.
Curiosity on Mars
What has Curiosity been up to since its thrilling landing on the Red Planet? NASA’s robotic explorer is searching for signs of past (or present) habitability in Martian soil. Discover why Mars captures our imagination and learn about the latest discoveries in this live, 15-minute program hosted by our planetarium presenters in Hohfeld Hall.
Morrison Planetarium is open for Thursday NightLife events, featuring special shows and presentations.
Download the Morrison Planetarium 2014 Pocket Almanac (developed by our own planetarium staff) to stay up-to-date on eclipses, meteor showers, satellite spottings, and more.
From moon phases to meteor showers, from planetary activity to space-related anniversaries, our guides have it all! Created by Morrison Planetarium staff, these go-to resources cover events occurring between October and December of 2014.
For information on licensing Morrison Planetarium shows—including Earthquake: Evidence of Restless Planet and Life: A Cosmic Story—please contact us using the link below.