The following is a listing of all shows at the Jenks Planetarium. Private groups may pick from any of the below shows or request a custom show based on a topic of their choosing. . The shows are held at the Jenks Planetarium, Jenks High School, Dr. Kirby L. Lehman Center for the Study of Math & Science Building, 3rd Floor. Elevator available. General Seating.
Animals of the Sky
A young girl, Delphina, finds herself in an unfortunate incident and gets helps from the unexpected Animals of the Sky. Come experience her story and discover how the stars can be connected to create real life animals! The target audience age for Animals of the Sky is 4 years to adult.
Apollo 11: Man's First Step onto The Moon
50 years ago, Neal Armstrong made history as being the first human to walk on the surface of another world. Join us in the planetarium as we look back on that historic day and the events leading up to it. Apollo 11 is a Jenks Planetarium Production. The target audience age for Fractal Exploration is for ages 6 years to adult.
Astrology: The Historic Beginning of Astronomy
Many know their zodiac sign but few know what it means. This show will introduce you to the history of Astrology and the stories it told. Learn how the ancient astrologers wrote a story of you! The target audience age for Astrology: The Historic Beginning of Astronomy is 4 years to adult.
Back to the Moon
Return to the Moon 40 years after the historic Apollo landings. See how a competition among privately funded international teams is ushering in a new era of lunar exploration. Back to the Moon, For Good is narrated by Tim Allen. The target audience age for The Autumn Sky is 6 years to adult.
Birds of the Sky
Bird watching is enjoyed by many… but tends to end once the sun goes down. Many birds, however, can be found in the stars and deep space. Come learn where to find the Birds of the Sky! Birds of the Sky is narrated by Mia M. Nysveen ( JPS Class of 2017). The target audience age for Birds of the Sky is ages 6 to Adult.
Compass, Calendar, Clock
As our ancients learned, the sky is not just a thing of beauty... it’s the ruler for the position of our planet. Understanding how our planet is aligned with the distance stars allows anyone to use the sky as a compass, a calendar and a clock. Come learn how to use the sky yourself! The target audience age for Compass, Calendar, Clock is 10 years to adult.
Earth, Moon and Sun
Coyote has a razor-sharp wit, but he's a little confused about what he sees in the sky. Join this amusing character (adapted from American Indian oral traditions) in a fast-paced and fun show that explores lunar phases, eclipses and other puzzles. The target audience age for Earth, Moon and Sun is 4 years and younger.
Earthquake: Evidence of the Restless Planet
Travel through space and time in a full dome production that makes you look at Earth in a whole new way. A sweeping geological journey, Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet explores the forces that transform the surface of our planet. The target audience age for Earthquake: Evidence of the Restless Planet is 8 years to adult.
Learn the secrets of the “rainforests of the sea” as you embark on an oceanic safari of the world’s most vibrant—and endangered—marine ecosystems. The target audience age for Expedition Reef is 8 years to adult.
Explore is an odyssey to the planet Mars, seen through a lens of human history and scientific development. The show skillfully illustrates ancient astronomy and the motions of celestial objects that fascinated Johannes Kepler. The story centers around the motive of human travel to Mars, but the show presents and explains much broader selection of science including history of astronomy, geocentric and heliocentric models, Kepler laws of planetary motion or orbital maneuvers. The target audience age for Explore is 8 years to adult.
Fractals are all around us. Come see into a new dimension as the beauty and secrets of fractals are revealed. The target audience age for Fractal Exploration is for ages 8 and up.
From Earth… to Saturn
The Cassini Satellite recently ended its tour of the majestic planet of Saturn. The decade long mission uncovered mysteries never seen and gives us an insight to be applied to the entire solar system. The target audience age for From Earth to Saturn is for ages 8 years to adult.
How to Use My Telescope
Do you have a telescope but don't get it out because it doesn't seem to work? Bring it to the planetarium this night and together we will learn about the telescope and how it operates. We will then take them to the roof-top observation deck and practice our new skills! This show is weather permitting. Please dress for the weather. The target audience for How to Use My Telescope is ages 6 to adult.
Our Solar System has a boundary – but where is it? IBEX is the first spacecraft designed to collect data across the entire sky about the heliosphere and its boundary. Come find out where our Solar System ends. The target audience for IBEX is ages 12 to adult.
Moons: World of Mystery
When you consider the solar system, you often think of the Sun and its planets. But what about moons? What role do they play? Find out in Moons: Worlds of Mystery, a show from the Charles Hayden Planetarium of the Museum of Science, Boston. It explores the many and varied satellites that exist, delves into what they look like and what they contribute to our knowledge of the solar system — a hundred known satellites throughout the solar system, orbiting five other planets and even some asteroids and Kuiper Belt objects. The target audience age for Moons: World of Mystery is 8 years to adult.
My House Has Stars
People all over the world live in many different styles of houses. Some live in houseboats. Some in huts of mud. Others still in tall skyscrapers. No matter where you live though, your house has stars! Based on the book by the same name, this story introduces both houses and stars from places and cultures all over the planet. The target audience age for My House Has Stars is ages 4 to Adult.
Nanocam: A Big Look at Microscopic Life
Inside the dome of galaxies, we'll look at the universe of the incredibly small. As swarms of worlds and entire beings are living inside your very body. Come see the small on the big screen! The target audience age for Nanocam: A Big Look at Microscopic Life is 10 years to adult.
Oasis in Space
Earth is our Oasis in Space! A planet full of life sustaining water. Are there other Oasis in our Solar System? Are there other places that can harbor life? The target audience age for Oasis in Space is 8 years to adult.
Our Living Climate
This show is a story of Earth’s climate through time and the dependent interaction between climate and life during the evolution of our planet. Audiences will understand how scientists study constant climate change and how we, as humans, have the opportunity to impact the climate, for better or worse. The target audience age for Our Living Climate is 12 years to adult.
Passport to the Universe
"We are star stuff!" Join narrator Tom Hanks on a trip through the universe like never before. Learn our true cosmic address, discover just how small we really are and learn that we truly have come from the stars. The target audience age for Passport to the Universe is 7 years to adult.
Planet Nine follows a team at CalTech as they uncover dwarf worlds like the remarkably bright Eris; Haumea, an egg-shaped object rotating incredibly fast; and Sedna, whose orbit takes it deep into the far reaches of the Solar System. Is there a new planet beyond these distant objects? We’ll tag along on Mike Brown’s first night searching for the ninth planet at the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii. Join us on the hunt! The target audience age for Explore is 8 years to adult.
Solar System Protection Agency: Weldon's Story
Solar System Protection Agency: Weldon's Story is the newest Jenks Planetarium production. Come shadow a member of the Solar System Protection Agency in this Choose-Your-Own Adventure show! You get to take part in how the story unfolds, what planets will be visited and the ultimate destination of our host… Weldon! The target audience for Solar System Protection Agency: Weldon's Story is ages 4 to adult.
Sometimes it’s just fun to dream! Like what would it be like to ride carnival rides or even roller coasters in space. That dream is fulfilled with this virtual full-dome roller coaster simulations! Warning: May cause motion sickness. The target audience age for Spacepark 360 is 6 years to adult.
Join robot pilot T.A.T.U.M. as we fly through the Solar System to visit the planets. We'll study each one and learn wonderful information about each. Don't worry, well have you back before bed time! The target audience age for Spaceship T.A.T.U.M. is 4 years to adult.
The 2017 North America Eclipse of the Sun
A Total Solar Eclipse has only been witnessed by 1% of the world’s population. Join that 1% on August 21st, 2017 when a Total Solar Eclipse comes to America. This show will give you all the information you need to prepare for the event and entertain you with ancient eclipse lore that has been passed down for ages. The 2017 North America Eclipse of the Sun is the newest Jenks production! Narrated by 4 of our very own Jenks Public School students. The target audience age for 2017 Eclipse Across America is 8 years to adult.
The Autumn Sky
Explore our night sky as never before! Take a tour of the skies and discover the constellations, planets, nebulae, and other stunning night sky objects that can be seen in the night sky. Spectacular video imagery will bring viewers up close to black holes, star-forming nebulae, and more, showing the newest discoveries in astrophysics while instilling a sense of wonder about our universe. Weather permitting this show includes stargazing on the roof-top observation deck! Please dress for the weather. The target audience age for The Autumn Sky is 6 years to adult.
The Northern Sky
The Northern Sky is the most observed by sky gazers because it is up every season of the year. Learn how to find the North Star. Learn how to use the North Star to determine your location on Earth. Learn why the North Star and all other northern constellation are Circumpolar. The target audience for The Northern Sky is ages 8 years to adult.
The Sistine Chapel
The planetarium isn't just for Astronomy anymore. Join us in the planetarium for a recreation of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. Learn the meanings behind the paintings. See the scenes come together in an amazing retelling of the Bible. A must-see for all art lovers! Notice: This show displays the real paintings as are seen in the Sistine Chapel in Rome, which contain some artistic nudity. The target audience age for The Sistine Chapel is 8 years to adult.
The Sky We Don’t See
“The Sky We Don’t See” is the newest Jenks Planetarium production. Like right-handedness, the world is “northern-hemisphere-ist” (not a word). But the fact is 88% of the human population live in the northern hemisphere. This should not overshadow the beautiful sky that is seen in the southern hemisphere. Not only do they see many of the constellations we do … but they see stars, constellations and deep space objects that can never be seen from the north! Join us as we tour the southern hemisphere sky! The target audience age for The Sky We Don’t See is 6 years to adult.
The Spring Sky
With the arrival of the flowers, the animals awaken both on Earth, and in the night sky; Leo the Lion, Corvus the Crow, Ursa the Bear. The Spring Sky will introduce you to those constellations, and many more, found in the spring time sky. The target audience for The Spring Sky is ages 6 years to adult.
The Summer Sky
The short summer nights doesn't last very long to view one of the busiest skies of the year. From swans to eagles to scorpions to centaurs, the summer sky is filled with myth. Come learn the stories behind these constellations and how they are all related to our Milky Way! Weather permitting this show includes stargazing on the roof-top observation deck! Please dress for the weather. The target audience age for The Summer Sky is 6 years to adult.
The Winter Sky
The winter constellations are some of the most popular in the sky; Orion, Gemini, Taurus just to name a few. The Winter Sky will introduce you to those constellations, and many more, found in the winter sky. Weather permitting, we will relocate to the roof-top observation deck. Please dress for the weather. The target audience age for The Winter Sky is for ages 7 years to adult.
The Moon’s gravity is always pulling on the Earth causing our oceans to rise and fall. Come find out how the Moon is able to do so from 238,000 miles away. The target audience age for Tides is 8 years to adult.
Two Small Pieces of Glass
The idea of the telescope started with just two small pieces of glass. It has since exploded to bigger and better technology. We even have telescopes in space! Learn how a telescope works and how we advanced in the sciences using this great tool. The target audience age for Two Small Pieces of Glass is 8 years to adult.
Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun
Undiscovered Worlds explores a timeless question: Do other planets like Earth exist? Travel to distant stars and fly up close to exotic planets. Experience the science shifting our perspective on humanity's place in the cosmos. The target audience age for Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun is 10 years to adult.