Embark on a journey back in time and across the Solar System, following the paths of asteroids and comets that have collided with Earth—and those that roam far from home. These ancient objects travel billions of years before reaching Earth, and their impact can be so powerful that just one collision can change the course of life on our planet.
Scientists aren't waiting for asteroids and comets to come to us to learn more about them—get an up-close look at spacecraft sent to rocky asteroids and icy comets to collect invaluable data. You’ll follow the trek of the Chelyabinsk meteor as it entered the Earth's atmosphere in 2013 and visualize major shifts in the history of the Solar System billions of years in the making—and all in under an hour.
Morrison Planetarium will be closed for upgrades from September 6–October 20, 2016. It will re-open on October 21 with an all-new projection system, providing a richer, more immersive experience.
Stay tuned for the opportunity to vote on your favorite planetarium productions. We’ll play the top two shows when the planetarium reopens. Incoming! will return on November 23.
Every frame of Incoming! was created in-house by the Academy’s Visualization Studio, a seasoned team of animators and engineers. To create this engaging visual journey with utmost accuracy, they relied on scientific and astronomical data and consulted with dozens of science advisors.
Surveying the Cosmos
Scientists are finding new ways to track potential cosmic threats before they reach us. Get a closer look at some of the tools—including the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope in Chile and the proposed space-based Sentinel telescope—helping scientists detect moving objects near Earth.
Barringer and Beyond
Geologists have identified nearly 200 impact craters around the world, from Arizona's Barringer Crater—which marks a bad day for local life some 50,000 years ago—to the Chicxulub formation in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, an impact that led to the demise of the dinosaurs and provided an opportunity for our mammal ancestors to flourish.
The Academy's Benjamin Dean lecture series hosts the world's leading experts in astronomy, astrophysics, and more.
Morrison Planetarium is open for Thursday NightLife events, featuring special shows and presentations.
Created by Morrison Planetarium staff, these go-to resources cover events occurring between July and September of 2016.
Download the Morrison Planetarium 2016 Pocket Almanac (developed by our own planetarium staff) to stay up-to-date on eclipses, meteor showers, satellite spottings, and more.
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