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We offer a number of original and third-party productions for field trips and other visits. The following is a list of all available shows. (Please note show duration and target audience as you select programs for your visit.)

Planetarium operators wanting to license our original productions
should visit our Productions Page for more information.



Ott Planetarium Original Productions

First & Farthest
2013

From the first rockets, to the first man on the moon, First and Farthest celebrates humanity's great accomplishments in the Space Race. Appropriate for 5th grade and up, this show will bring back memories for those who experienced the Space Race and inspire new generations to keep exploring our universe. With its discussion of science, technology, engineering and mathematical concepts, First and Farthest supports a STEM-focused curriculum.

Show Topics: Rocket Propulsion with Solid and Liquid Fuels, F=ma, Parabolic Flight, Orbital Flight, History of Space Exploration.

Show Duration: 26 Minutes

Target Audience: Ages 10 and Up



This is Our Sky!
2012

This is Our Sky! is a general astronomy show that targets 3rd grade, with elements of interest spanning Preschool to 6th Grade. Join Luna and her friends for an exploration of the sky, phases of the Moon, seasons, constellations, and planets.

Show Topics: Horizon, Apparent Motion of the Sky, Phases of the Moon, Seasons, Constellations, and the Solar System.

Show Duration: 20 Minutes

Target Audience: Ages 4 - 10



Expanded View
2010

The award winning Expanded View introduces the electromagnetic spectrum and multi-wavelength observation with examples from Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra. Audiences learn how images are captured and what the colors tell us about composition of deep sky objects. Expanded View is intended to illustrate the importance of multi-wavelength observation by describing how NASAs Great Observatories work together.



Show Topics: NASA Great Observatories, Hubble, Spitzer, Chandra, Multi-Wavelength Observation.

Show Duration: 23 Minutes

Target Audience: Ages 10 and Up



The Nature of Science
2009

The Nature of Science is intended to communicate what science is and how scientists work. The show features interviews with Weber State University College of Science Faculty as they discuss their work.

Show Topics: Scientific Process, Scientific Laws, Scientific Hypotheses, Scientific Theories

Show Duration: 22 Minutes

Target Audience: Ages 10 and Up



Cosmic Journey
2008

Tour the cosmos with astrophysicist, Dr. Stacy Palen as your guide!

Cosmic Journey tells the story of the universe from a uniquely human perspective. Drift through images from the Hubble Space Telescope and other NASA Great Observatories in a fulldome experience like no other.

Show Topics: Astronomy, Cosmology, Scale of the Universe, Supernovae, Planetary Nebulae, Stellar Nurseries, and Other Nebulae

Show Duration: 25 Minutes

Target Audience: Ages 10 and Up



Cosmic Journey - Extended Version
2008

Tour the cosmos with astrophysicist, Dr. Stacy Palen as your guide!

Cosmic Journey tells the story of the universe from a uniquely human perspective. Drift through images from the Hubble Space Telescope and other NASA Great Observatories in a fulldome experience like no other.

Show Topics: Astronomy, Cosmology, Scale of the Universe, Supernovae, Planetary Nebulae, Stellar Nurseries, and Other Nebulae

Show Duration: 37 Minutes

Target Audience: Ages 10 and Up



Star Hunting with Messier
2011

Join Charles Messier for a night of stargazing.

Show Topics: Messier Catalog, Starmaps, Star Clusters, Galaxies, Nebulae

Show Duration: 14 Minutes

Target Audience: Ages 5 - 12



Astro Otters Jr. (Complete Library)
2008

Astro Otters Jr. is a module-based astronomy education program for grades K-4. The package contains 28 topic modules, plus two "bookends," for a total of 30 short videos. The modules can be mixed and matched for a nearly endless variety of presentations. Astro Otters Jr. can be augmented with live discussions and demonstrations for a powerful and nimble astronomy education experience.

The Astro Otters Jr. library contains over 2.3 hours of narrated, fulldome video. All 30 video modules can be viewed below. (Smart phone users: tap here for videos.)

Show Topics: The Astro Otters Jr. library covers over 28 astronomy topics for grades K-4.

Show Duration: Variable

Target Audience: Ages 5 - 9



Astro Otters (Complete Library)
2008

Astro Otters is a module-based astronomy education program for grades 5-8. The package contains 43 topic modules, plus two "bookends," for a total of 45 short videos. The modules can be mixed and matched for a nearly endless variety of presentations. Astro Otters can be augmented with live discussions and demonstrations for a powerful and nimble astronomy education experience.

The Astro Otters library contains over 3.7 hours of narrated, fulldome video. All 45 video modules can be viewed below.

Show Topics: The Astro Otters library covers over 43 astronomy topics for grades 5-8.

Show Duration: Variable

Target Audience: Ages 9 - 13



The Great Space Race
2006

The Great Space Race tells the story of the U.S. and Russian space programs, from Sputnik to the ISS missions following the Columbia disaster. A family show with something for everyone -- audiences sometimes stay for a few minutes to discuss the events covered in the program.

You may have seen Apollo 13, you may have seen The Right Stuff, you may even have seen From the Earth to the Moon, but you've never seen the story quite like this!

Written by a Viewmont High School student, visualized and produced by Weber State University undergraduates, this is our first original digital star show!

Show Topics: U.S. and Russian Space Exploration, from the beginning of the Space Age, to the International Space Station.

Show Duration: 40 Minutes

Target Audience: Ages 10 and Up



A Glorious Dawn
2011

John Boswell's stirring remix of Carl Sagan's Cosmos is featured in this planetarium adaptation of A Glorious Dawn.

Musical arrangement and remixed Cosmos video by John Boswell - The Symphony of Science (symphonyofscience.com).

Planetarium adaptation produced by participants of the 2011 Blender Production Workshop. (Most of the participants were modeling and animating with Blender for the very first time.)

The video and its source files are available free of charge (download link below). Contact The Symphony of Science for information and restrictions on the music.


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The 3D elements in this project are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.


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The music in this project is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.


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Show Topics: Science Outreach

Show Duration: 5 Minutes

Target Audience: Ages 3 and Up



Space Shapes
2010

Space Shapes discusses different round shapes in space for young audiences.

The show was created by participants of the 2010 Blender Production Workshop. (Most of the participants were modeling and animating with Blender for the very first time.)


Creative Commons License

This project and its source files are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.



Show Topics: Sphere and Disk Shapes

Show Duration: 9 Minutes

Target Audience: Ages 3 - 8



Clockwork Skies
2010

Clockwork Skies explores the patterns of motion and time in our skies.

The show was created by participants of the 2010 Blender Production Workshop. (Most of the participants were modeling and animating with Blender for the very first time.)


Creative Commons License

This project and its source files are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.



Show Topics: Daily Motion, Orbits, Solar System

Show Duration: 5 Minutes

Target Audience: Ages 5 - 12



Sizing Up Space
2009

Sizing Up Space explores the scale of the universe.

The show was created by participants of the Blender Production Workshop at the 2009 Mediaglobe Users Group Conference. (Most of the participants were modeling and animating with Blender for the very first time.)


Creative Commons License

This project and its source files are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.



Show Topics: Scale of the Universe, Light Year

Show Duration: 13 Minutes

Target Audience: Ages 6 - 12





Third-Party Productions

Dark
2013

A high level discussion of the nature of dark matter—the stuff that makes up 80% of the mass of the universe. (Not recommended for young children.)

Show Topics: Dark Matter, Observational Astronomy, Computational Physics

Show Duration: 20 Minutes

Target Audience: Ages 16 and Up



Solar Quest
2013

Discusses the impacts of space weather and how the Earth's atmosphere and magnetic field protects all life on Earth. "Solar Quest" features the role of the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and how scientists are using it as a way to identify and predict severe space weather.

Show Topics: Sun-Earth Environment, Space Weather, SDO

Show Duration: 12 Minutes

Target Audience: Ages 8 and Up



Two Small Pieces of Glass
2009

A special presentation for the International Year of Astronomy, Two Small Pieces of Glass explores the workings, origins, and power of the telescope.

Show Topics: Seasons, Planetary Motion, Cultural Astronomy

Show Duration: 24 Minutes

Target Audience: Ages 8 and Up



IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System
2009

Narrated by two inquisitive teenagers, audiences will hear from the scientists and engineers that developed the IBEX mission and created the spacecraft.

Show Topics: Astronomy, Solar System Exploration

Show Duration: Variable

Target Audience: Ages 12 and Up



Seasonal Stargazing
2007

The stars, constellations and interesting astronomical objects. A different show for every season!

Show Topics: Stars, Constellations

Show Duration: 16 Minutes

Target Audience: Ages 6 and Up



Season of Light
2005

Celebrate the holiday season with a historical perspective and learn the importance of Astronomy in our winter traditions!

Show Topics: Seasons, Planetary Motion, Cultural Astronomy

Show Duration: 35 Minutes

Target Audience: All Ages



Legends of the Night Sky: Orion
2005

The story of the mighty hunter is told in full dome animation. Appropriate for children of all ages.

Show Topics: Cultural Astronomy, Mythology

Show Duration: 25 Minutes

Target Audience: Ages 3 and Up



Hubble Vision
2005

A tribute to the Hubble Space Telescope. This show includes stunning visuals, compelling astronomy, and beautiful music from Geodesium. Produced by Loch Ness Productions.

Show Topics: Hubble Space Telescope, Planets in Our Solar System, Distances in Space, Universal Motion, Universal Expansion, Doppler Effect

Show Duration: 30 Minutes

Target Audience: Ages 10 and Up



The Mysterious Light: The Aurora
2004

A beautiful show displaying and explaining the Northern Lights

Show Topics: Properties of the Sun, Sun-Earth System, Electromagnetism, the Aurora

Show Duration: 15 Minutes

Target Audience: Ages 12 and Up







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