ATK Go For Launch
The ATK Go For Launch Exhibit presents a history of rocketry, the fundamental physics of rocket propulsion , and a look at how ATK recycles reusable solid rocket motors, (RSRMs). Also featured are a multiple choice video presentation on solid rocket motors and a full scale mock up of an RSRM booster segment.
ATK: Project Constellation
NASA’s Space Shuttles have served us well for almost 30 years and are now approaching retirement. Soon, a new generation of Ares rockets will take over the task of launching 21st Century astronauts and cargo into Earth orbit, to the Moon and to Mars. This new Project Constellation exhibit from ATK Launch Systems showcases the Ares I Crew Launch and Ares V Cargo Launch vehicles in scale models and includes computer animation of how the system will support America’s efforts to return astronauts to the Moon in the next decade.
How do telescopes work?
Which one is right for me?
This interactive exhibits will help you understand the tool of the astronomer, and get you started on your own observing hobby.
Our classic Rand McNally Earth Globe, on the 3rd level.
Hubble (best of)
See the “Best of Hubble”, spectacular images from the Hubble Space Telescope.
Also watch a weekly-updated program of current events in Astronomy and Space Exploration.
International Space Station
200 miles above the Earth, the largest and most complex space laboratory ever built continues to grow. Continuously inhabited since November, 1997, the scientists aboard the ISS strive to learn more about space, science, and the human body and mind.
Would you like to go to Mars one day? Our MarsScape will certainly help tomorrow’s astronauts imagine standing on the Red Planet.
A very nice collection of meteorites representing many different sizes, shapes and classification of these rocks from space. You’ll be surprised at how heavy meteorites can be as you touch, hold, and lift actual meteorites.
12 astronauts walked on the Moon. Thousands have imagined their own moonwalk on our MoonScape.
“Newton’s Daydream,” an audio-kinetic sculpture by renowned artist and sculptor George Rhoads, is the newest permanent exhibit at the Clark Planetarium.
The two-story tall sculpture combines an intricate maze of moving balls with bells, drums and other noisemaking obstacles to create a whirring visual and auditory palette. “Newton’s Daydream” is installed inside the Planetarium’s main lobby and will be the focal point for all visitors.
Reason For The Seasons
Why is the Sun so low in the sky in winter? Why are the days so long in summer? This interactive exhibit won’t lower your air conditioning bill, but it will help you understand why we have seasons.
Science on a Sphere
Clark Planetarium’s newest showcase exhibit, Science On a Sphere (SOS)®, fills the lobby with a global display system. Science on a Sphere uses advance computing systems to project a multitude of video sequences onto a six foot diameter sphere. Image sets include Earth’s weather systems, plate tectonics, ocean temperatures and Earth at night. Also presented are the Milky Way, Sun, Moon and the other planets of our Solar System. Future enhancements will include narrated programs and live demonstrations.
Solar & Lunar Eclipses
What causes eclipses? This interactive exhibit will prepare you to see and understand one of nature’s greatest phenomena.
Are you curious about the new solar panels on the roof of Clark Planetarium? Come explore our new exhibit, Star Power. Find out how much power you can produce with your muscles, how solar panels work and how most of energy sources we’re familiar with have their ultimate origins in sunlight.
The Solar System
Clark Planetarium’s model of the Solar System is 150 million times smaller than the real thing. Even at this scale, the Sun is so large it cannot be contained fully within the exhibit space! This exhibit has interesting facts about each planet and a computerized quiz that allows you to test your knowledge of the solar system.
Weight On Other Worlds
How much would you weigh if you were standing on Mars? How about on an asteroid, or a Neutron Star, or hovering in a spaceship above the clouds of Jupiter? Weight on Other Worlds will tell you. This great interactive exhibit will both educate and entertain as you watch a computer-animated space alien explore the physical conditions on thirteen different worlds.
November Gift-a-Palooza at Planet Fun Store
Christmas is nearly upon us and the Planet Fun Store has special early season savings on gifts for the whole family! We have a huge selection of items marked 35-90% off regular prices for the month of November! Here are more details about the items on sale.
The Planet Fun Store also has the science person in the family covered. All of our space and science posters are 65% off for the month of November! Selected science and IMAX DVDs, and selected books are 50-75% off regular price. Our entire selection of “space” toys is on sale 35% off! Also, we have a selection of closeout and scratch and dent telescopes, binoculars, eyepieces, and accessories now 50-75% off regular price. Check out attached list for specific items.
On February 15, 2013 a meteor entered the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, Russia. The asteroid was 50-60 feet across and weighed about 10,000 tons. Several pieces of the meteor and a piece of broken glass from Chelyabinsk are on display in the 3rd Floor Exhibit area. There is also a short video from various dashboard camera’s in Russia that caught the event.
Breakfast with Santa on the Moon
Santa is making a visit to Clark Planetarium! Join us Saturday, December 14, 2013 for breakfast, a picture with Santa on the Moon and a special screening of Santa vs. The Snowman in the ATK IMAX Theatre.
Families can visit Santa on the 3rd floor for a photo opportunity on the moonscape. You will receive one picture with Santa and can snap one yourself. There will also be science demonstrations and craft activities during breakfast. Buy tickets.
Santa vs. The Snowman tells the story of a lonely Snowman who at first is swept away by the magical wonders of Santa’s Village, only to ultimately wage war on Santa because he’s jealous of all the attention Santa gets during Christmas time. An epic-scale polar war develops. The hilarious battle features such holiday defense mechanisms as hot chocolate squirt guns, giant Igloo Robot Walkers and even a 50-foot tall toy soldier manned by Santa himself.