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All programs are about one hour long
Recommended ages are based on program appeal and Educational content.

 

OMNIDOME PROGRAMS

What is an Omnidome Show ? Shows using full-dome projection for immersive computer graphic and live video

Comets and Discovery

Ages 8 to adult

Comets and Discovery

Comets have been tracked and documented by professional and amateur astronomers alike for hundreds of years. Learn about some of the earliest discoveries, their historical significance, and just what these cosmic snowballs are in this full dome show.


In My Backyard

Ages 4 to 8

In My Backyard

It's off to explore things large and small right in the backyard-from the colors of the rainbow to counting the ladybugs on a rose. After looking at the reasons for seasons, the stars begin to appear and we take a look at the Big and Little Dippers, and Leo the Lion. After learning about our nine planets, we take a closer look at the moon. Before we know it, the sun is rising and we're encouraged to explore the wonders and beauty of our own backyards.

Rusty Rocket's Last Blast

Ages 7 and up

Rusty Rocket

Join Rusty the Rocket as he takes his last class of Rocket Cadets out into the solar system before he retires. Rusty and his class lead an adventure to visit all of the planets and learn about the scale of space as we cruise along on our giant rocket engines.

 

 

Trip Through Space

Ages 6 and up

Trip Through Space

A tour of what’s up there; from the glittering stars, past the planets and out to deep space, this journey explores the night sky and space.  Watch the moon orbit, Orion battle Taurus and star nurseries on this journey to space.

 

 

2012: Prophecies of the Maya

Ages 10 to adult

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The carefully kept calendars of the ancient Maya were used to predict the movements of the Sun, Moon and even Venus to great accuracy. Did they also predict the end of time as claimed by some apocalypse proponents? This program examines what is the legacy of that lost civilization and some of the other predictions that doom-sayers are attaching to the date December 21, 2012. See this omnidome program and be prepared.


Cosmic Colors: An Adventure
Along the Spectrum

Ages 8 to adult

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The nature of color affects all of our perception of the universe from telescope images to invisible light that cooks our popcorn. Explore the source and qualities of color in this Omnidome show that takes visitors from inside the eye to the farthest reaches of space.

Linked to NGSS

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Search for the
Edge of The Solar System

Ages10-Adult

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In 2009 a new NASA probe called IBEX started collecting charged particles from distant space to map the extent of Sol's atmosphere beyond the planets. Join two tech-savvy students as they discover the many ways the sun protects and nurtures Earth's inhabitants. Its past and future are examined in dramatic Omnidome video.

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Earth, Moon & Sun

Ages 5-11

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This first standards-based elementary show for Omnidome beautifully illustrates basic concepts like moon phases and seasons with the dubious help of Coyote. Based on the trickster of Native American lore, Coyote is constantly corrected in his misunderstandings of how things work. A live tour of the Maine sky and its beautiful constellations completes this micro-unit of astronomy.

Maine Learning Results:

Grades 3-5: D1.a; D1.b; D1.c; D4.c

Linked to NGSS

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It's About Time

Ages 9-Adult

Some day our children may travel to orbit in a Space Elevator. Some day we may use a Time Telescope to watch the Big Bang, the birth and death of a star, or an explosion on the Sun. Explore these wonderful inventions from the "science future" and discover the many clocks that keep time in the Universe.

It's About Time travels to an orbiting geosynchronous space station while viewing the changes that days and seasons cause on earth. In orbit the wonders of the universe are seen through a telescope, then see it as it really is today by capturing a wormhole that shortens the distance that light travels to earth.

This OmiDome adventure explains the cycles that rule our planet and our lives, and ends with the entire life of the universe compressed into a single day.

See distant galaxies as they appear today and escape from a lethal solar storm just in time. A tour of today's stars under the familiar backyard sky begins this incredible journey.

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Touching the Edge of the Universe

Ages 8-Adult

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Four hundred years after Galileo Galilei’s ground-breaking discoveries, two sophisticated scientific satellites are launched into the universe. These complex space telescopes will look at very distant events in space that our eyes cannot see. They will observe the birth of stars and planets and look back to the very beginning of time. Touching the Edge of the Universe brings the secrets of the distant cosmos direct to you.

 

 

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BLACK HOLES OD

Ages 10-Adult

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The attraction of Black Holes is more than just gravitational. These mysterious graveyards of dead stars have fascinated generations. This OmniDome video will fill the dome to take you to and through the event horizons of black holes.

Black Holes explores the history, physics, and mystery of black holes. Narrated by actor John de Lancie (“Q” in the Star Trek TV series), this space adventure features rich, expansive panoramas and incorporates several of the latest scientific theories about how black holes are formed and where they are hiding now.

Witness the bending of light, the skewing of perception, and the dizzying descent into a black hole. This show incorporates some of the most visually stunning three-dimensional effects ever created for the OmniDome planetarium system.

Family and Grades 7 and up.

Maine Learning Results:

Grades 6-8: D4.c; D4.e

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EARTH'S WILD RIDE OD

Ages 8-13

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In this 30-minute OmniDome program a grandfather and his grandchildren watch a solar eclipse from the scenic cliffs overlooking their moon colony. Conversation leads to contrasts between the moon, the only home the grandchildren know, and the Earth where the grandfather has spent most of his life.

Through his stories the grandfather takes audiences on a dizzying wild canyon ride, to an ice age blizzard with a woolly mammoths, and back in time to where the dinosaurs lived. Each experience begins with a telescope view of the dynamic Earth in stark contrast with the unchanging lunar landscape.

Earth’s Wild Ride is like many tales shared by grandparents over the centuries, except “the old country” is really another planet – always visible from the moon base.

Produced in collaboration with Rice University, through NASA’s Immersive Earth Project.

Maine Learning Results:

Grades 3-5: D1.a; D2.c; D2.d; D3.c; D4.b; D4.c

Grades 6-8: D1.b; D2.b; D2.c; D2.e; D2.f; D4.c

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SEASON OF LIGHT OD

Ages 9-Adult


sesons of light wreath

This holiday season show is now supercharged in a full-dome video version that makes the traditions even brighter! The Season of Light examines origin of the bright and festive traditions still celebrated today. Since pre-history the darkest season of long nights and cold weather have prompted people to look for warmth and hope in the lights of the sky and fires that repel the cold. On the domed sky the reason for the seasons is unveiled and scenes of early cultures show solstice celebrations.

Have you wondered how Hanukkah became a holiday of candlelight? How did Romans treat themselves to a mood lift at the winter solstice? What was the famous “star” seen over Bethlehem? Find answers to all these questions and more in Seasons of Light!

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WILBEAR'S ADVENTURE OD

Ages 4-7

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Follow a teddy bear’s discovery of flight in this delightful adventure especially for ages 4-7. Wilbear’s grandpa uses demonstrations exploring the nature of flight to build up to the story of the Wright Brother’s historic first airplane experience. Grandpa bear captivates audiences with tales of inventions over time from kites and gliders to today’s jet planes. Young Wilbear’s dream comes true when he gets to fly in a real airplane just like his hero Wilbur Wright.

Ages 4-7 Grades PK-2

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Origins of Life OD

Ages 10-Adult

Proto Sun

With so many planets being discovered outside our solar system, the question on everybody’s mind is “is there life out there?”  Learn how scientists search for extra-solar planets, planets that orbit around stars that are not our sun, through live demonstrations and understand why it is difficult to find an extra solar planet.  This  is the mission of NASA's Kepler space observatory now studying 100,000 stars.


Life has been found in so many extreme environments on Earth that the idea of life in space is becoming more and more believable. This intriguing world of astrobiology is explored in “Origins of Life.”  In this omni-dome based show, join scientists as they search for extra-solar planets, planets that orbit around stars that are not our sun. Witness some of the most extreme environments in which life has been found; from the barren plains of the Antarctic to the depths of the ocean.

Maine Learning Results:

Grades 3-5: D1.c; D2.e

Grades 6-8: D1.a; D1.b; D2.f; D3.e

Grades 9-12: D2.a; D3.g; D3.i

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The Little Star That Could OD

Ages 6-9

Planet Group

It's hard to be a little star in a big universe! Join a medium sized, yellow star as he makes his way through space. In his travels he meets many different types of stars and learns about some of the other things that makes our universe so interesting. After meeting stars, nebulas, and galaxies, the little star takes a good look at himself and finds that he, too, is special. He has nine planets that depend on him for warmth and light. Along with the little star audiences learn the ways each planet is special.

Maine Learning Results:

Pre K-2: D1.a; D3.a

Grades 3-5: D1.a; D1.b; D1.c; D2.a

Linked to NGSS

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Ice Worlds OD

Ages 8-Adult

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Space is filled with cold places, including the arctic regions of our own planet. The amount of ice in Earth's polar regions affects life elsewhere on Earth. In celebration of the International Polar Year, the digital Omnidome show “Ice Worlds” is a spectacular exploration of icebergs in the Arctic, massive glaciers, the Antarctic wilderness and distant moons and planets.

Ice Worlds uses an innovative mix of data, satellite imagery, actual footage in the field and animated scenes to tell the story of ice on Earth and the changing climate. Precious water is also found on other worlds less hospitable than Earth that “Ice Worlds” explores as humans may one day venture.

A short tour of the night sky with the Planetarium host sets the stage for the adventure called “Ice Worlds”.

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The Amazing Telescope:
Two Small Pieces of Glass OD

Ages 8-Adult

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From a starlit backyard to Italy and the invention of the telescope 400 years ago, follow the story of two students who learn how telescopes work and what wonders they can reveal. The added feature of a guided tour of the current night sky helps bring the heavens down to Earth. Two Small Pieces of Glass is a planetarium omnidome experience to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy 2009 and the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s discoveries.

For the International Year of Astronomy

Maine Learning Results:

Grades 6-8: D1.a; D1.c

Grades 9-12: D1.b; D1.c; D3.d

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Some Classic Shows are now available as Omnidome versions of the same shows!

These updated shows use the same script but have their original stilll imagery arranged in the full-dome format.

Hubble Vision

Ring World

Season of Light

 

 

 

 

 

CLASSIC STAR SHOWS

What is a Classic Star Show? Shows using traditional multi-media projections and live or recorded narration

DESTINATION PLUTO

Ages 9 - Adult

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Destination Pluto is a journey of discovery for space travelers of all ages. Destination Pluto examines the wonders of the Sun's system, reviews the recent change in our understanding of how Pluto differs from the other planets, and introduces some of the early discoverers of the most distant worlds. Recently discovered moons and far flung mysterious ice worlds, rings around the largest planets, close-up views of alien landscapes and hazardous asteroids are all part of the adventure in Destination Pluto at the Jordan Planetarium.

Maine Learning Results:

Grades 3-5: D1.a; D1.b

Grades 6-8:D4.e

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OUR SKY FAMILY

Ages 4 - 8

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Cosmic Classroom Guide

In this delightful first visit to the planetarium we chat with Father Sun and each of the planets, who tell us about their best features and their place in Our Sky Family. The planetarium star projector, Franklin, is our guide, and the planetarium host helps everyone to see this season's constellations.

Maine Learning Results:

Pre K-2: D1.a; D3.a

Grades 3-5: D1.a; D1.c

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WORLDS OF WONDER

Ages 8 - Adult

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Cosmic Classroom Guide

Our planetarium spaceship blasts off on a tour that takes us to each member of the solar system. All nine planets, some of their moons and minor members of the Solar System reveal fascinating spacescapes. Their often-hostile environments and similarities are explained by mission specialists on-board. Then our focus turns to the stars while the planetarium host points out the constellations of the season on the way home.

Maine Learning Results:

Grades 3-5: D1.a

Grades 6-8: D3.f

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WORLDS IN MOTION

Ages 10 - Adult

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From the atoms in our bodies to the galaxies beyond our sight, everything is moving. Discover the way the Earth and its neighbors move through space and the surprising speeds that they- and we ourselves- travel in Worlds of Motion. The motion of the sun and stars is slow and familiar but the stars themselves and the huge families of galaxies at the farthest reaches are moving like dancers across a universal ballroom. In a less shocking interlude, visitors will also explore some of the constellations and stars of the Maine sky in Worlds In Motion.

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RING WORLD

Ages 10 - Adult


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Visited any big planets lately? Ring World will take you on a journey to close-up views of the most elegant of the sun's planets, Saturn. Under the dome, visitors travel with the NASA Cassini-Huygens probe and follow its adventure to the Saturnian system of graceful rings, bright storms, and exotic moons. The forces at work there are just beginning to reveal themselves to scientists on Earth and new data arrives daily from the remote science instruments in orbit around Saturn. A tour of the current night sky, a recreation of Cassini's journey, and its most recent returns make Ring World a true space science exploration.

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OUR PLACE IN SPACE

Ages 12 - Adult

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Cosmic Classroom Guide

From the center of the Earth to the edge of the universe, this planetarium perspective demonstrates where we are. The Universe arranges itself into parts and clusters of parts that can be seen from Earth. A survey of these and the vast distances between them help us understand where we fit as a living planet orbiting one average star. The planetarium host also conducts a tour of the constellations in the sky this season.

This program can include an optional star chart
activity for middle school to adult audiences.

Maine Learning Results:

Grades 3-5: D1.a; D2.e

Grades 6-8: D1.a; D1.b; D1.c

Grades 9-12: D1.b; D1.c

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IN THE MAINE SKY

Ages 8-13

Maine sky stars


This completely 'live' presentation steps outward from the closest celestial objects like the Moon, to galaxies so distant only a large telescope can bring them into focus. Moon phases, star formation, and constellations are just a few of the heavenly processes explained "In The Maine Sky".

Designed for school groups from grades 3 to 6, the program was built around the Maine State Learning Results. The show is in a 'live' format that brings together visitors and our planetarium host. Students will discover what is out there and get started learning the stars of the Maine sky.

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HUBBLE VISION II

Ages 10 - Adult


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Hubble Vision combines the splendor of the cosmos, brought into focus by the Hubble Space Telescope, with a spellbinding narrative to take you on a journey through the universe. Using the latest images from the orbiting observatory, we uncover new views of the planets; peek into star birth nurseries; catch visions of star death in its many forms; explore distant star clusters and galaxies; and experience views of the universe when the earliest galaxies were first coming into being.
We catch glimpses of solar system objects, including Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9's crash into Jupiter. We witness the cataclysmic aftermath of supernovae in the Crab Nebula. We see breathtaking views of colliding galaxies; jets shooting from active galactic nuclei, powered by super massive black holes; the eerie effects of gravitational lenses; and deep-field views of the most distant galaxies ever seen.

Maine Learning Results:

Grades 6-8: D1.b; D1.c; D3.b; D3.f; D3.i; D4.c

Grades 9-12: D1.a; D1.b; D1.c

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SKY ODYSSEY

Ages 12 - Adult

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A portrait of the universe as it appears through recent discoveries and modern technologies. A tour of the dark Maine sky in this season opens the door to distant views through telescopes both old and new. With stunning views of the heavens these instruments have shaped our understanding of what is out there and how it all began.

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THE X-TRA TERRESTRIAL FILES

Ages 10 - 14

X-tra Terrestrial questions

Cosmic Classroom Guide

Have you ever wondered if there could be intelligent life on other planets? The X-Tra Terrestrial Files, a planetarium show designed for Earthlings grades 5-8 explores these questions. How many of those planets might be like ours? Our investigators, Gully and Boulder, uncover a variety of mysteries in the X-Tra Terrestrial Files.

Maine Learning Results:

Grades 9-12: D1.a; D1.c

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FOLLOW THE DRINKING GOURD

Ages 7-12

Follow the Drinking Gourd

Cosmic Classroom Guide

Based on the book by Maine author, Jeannette Winter, this children's program explains the movements of the sky and the way slaves used the sky to escape to the North in the 1800's. The puzzle of the sun's movement through the seasons is solved and visitors learn a song that slaves used to follow a safe route to freedom.

Maine Learning Results:

Pre K-2: D1.a

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MOON SHADOWS

Ages 9 - Adult

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Cosmic Classroom Guide

For many centuries the moon has inspired a sense of awe and mystery. Moon Shadows reveals some of its intriguing secrets and recaptures the thrill of the NASA Apollo moon landing. The human experience of the Moon includes eclipses, phases, and legends, all rediscovered in Moon Shadows.

Maine Learning Results:

Grades 3-5: D1.a; D1.b; D4.c

Grades 6-8: D1.a; D1.b; D1.c; D2.f; D4.c

Grades 9-12: D1.a; D1.c; D4.a; D4.b; D4.c

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SEASON OF LIGHT

Ages 9 - Adult

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(Omnidome version recommended)

The Season of Light examines origin of the bright and festive traditions still celebrated today. Since pre-history the darkest season of long nights and cold weather have prompted people to look for warmth and hope in the lights of the sky and fires that repel the cold. On the domed sky the reason for the seasons is unveiled and scenes of early cultures show solstice celebrations.

Have you wondered how Hanukkah became a holiday of candlelight? How did Romans treat themselves to a mood lift at the winter solstice? What was the famous “star” seen over Bethlehem?

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ZUBENELGENUBI'S MAGICAL SKY

Ages 4-7

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In this lively participatory program, cartoon characters talk to us as the daytime and nighttime sky are explored. The planetarium host is Zubenelgenubi (Zubee for short), and introduces visitors to the planetarium and the colorful characters enjoying the sky.

During the show, the audience is introduced to Tracy the telephone pole, Hydro the hydrant, and a talking Sun and Moon. During the program a point-out of constellations is followed by a story and stormy sky. Students pitch in to help to blow the storm away and the program ends with a peaceful sunrise and new day.

We say it like this: ZU-ben-ell-guh-NU-bee

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MARS INVASION

Ages 9 - Adult

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The Mars invasion has begun. The little red planet has attracted the attention of humans for decades, and this program will follow the history and current events in our exploration of that little red neighbor. Visitors will have the chance to find Mars in the sky, and use 3D glasses to view the stereo imagery from recent exploration on the surface of Mars. The planetarium host will add an introduction to the Maine sky and its constellations. Mars Invasion traces the long tradition of human curiosity about Mars and our assault of technology from the Mariner missions in the 1970's to the orbiters and rovers of today. Perhaps the next machines we send there will be human.

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Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium, 5781 Wingate Hall, Orono, ME 04469-5781
Phone: (207) 581-1341