More About Our Current ShowsWith this cutting-edge technology, you will be fully immersed in the imagery of the galaxy and transported on animated journeys through cells, Earth, space and time, and even the astronomical marvels of Arizona's night skies. Shows play throughout the day.
*Planetarium presentation times are subject to change without notice.
September 2015 Notification: The Dorrance Planetarium is now back open!
Come experience the wonders of exploration and the myriad of new discoveries uncovered through today’s bold efforts to find planets orbiting stars beyond our Solar System. Learn how new planets are discovered - from Broiling Jupiters to Super Earths in a search for planets that may support life. See Arizona Science Center’s original production of Planet Hunters, where we explore the universe and its hidden secrets.
Join us as we go on adventures through the Universe from the treehouse in our backyard. We will explore planets, fly through the galaxies, tell stories about the Sun, Moon, and stars, and much more from our Treehouse.
*Recommended for children from the ages of 2 to 6.
Dateline Mars is an original production of the Dorrance Planetarium, utilizing a combination of live presentation and updating images to highlight the discoveries at Mars as they happen. Curiosity, also known as the Mars Science Laboratory, is designed to roll across the Martian surface for two years taking pictures, searching for water and testing the chemical composition of the land. In August 2012, it landed in a large crater called “Gale” and has already made important discoveries about Mars’ geological past and whether Mars ever had conditions that were favorable for life. New images combined with high definition computer animations will give the public a look at the Curiosity mission and other exciting missions currently underway.
Discover the current night sky and hear stories about the different constellations visible this time of year. This show concludes with a spin through the cosmos.