Hartnell College Planetarium's evening shows are geared towards an older audience looking to explore more complex material while still enjoying a fun and entertaining presentation.
From the Earth to the Universe - The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience From Earth to the Universe.
Dark Matter Mystery takes you on the biggest quest of contemporary astrophysics. You will see why we know that Dark Matter exists, and how this search is one of the most challenging and exciting searches science has to offer. Join the scientists on their hunt for Dark Matter with experiments in space and deep underground.
Dynamic Earth explores the inner workings of Earth’s great life support system: the global climate. By following a trail of energy from the Sun to the Earth, audiences will come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, and fly into roiling volcanoes, all while learning about how each affects and is affected by the global climate.
In Incoming! audiences will discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth and shaping the world we know today. From the comfort of a planetarium seat, viewers will embark on a dynamic journey on the trail of asteroids and comets, get an up close look at the advanced technologies that allow scientists to detect asteroids before they reach Earth, and visualize historic space events billions of years in the making—all within an immersive, all-digital dome that brings the captivating story of our cosmic origins to life like never before.