` Mueller Planetarium - Fulldome Festival
Mueller Planetarium
A Starry Tale


Rusty Rocket's Last Blast | 11:00am
Dream to Fly | 12:00pm
Sunstruck | 1:00pm
Cosmic Origins Spectrograph | 2:00pm
Natural Selection - 3:00pm

Admission (click here)


Children must be at least 4 years old to be admitted.

• Planetarium shows start promptly at scheduled time. If you arrive late you will not be admitted.

• Theater doors open 10 minutes prior to show time.

• For your safety, if you leave the theater at show time or after, you will not be allowed to return.

• The planetarium is a dark environment with overhead motion & occasional loud sounds during a show. It is not recommended for guests who are sensitive to such conditions.

• No food or drinks in the planetarium.

Presentation of many fulldome shows at Mueller Planetarium is made possible by the Friends of the University of Nebraska State Museum

Join Mueller Planetarium for the 2017 Fulldome Festival as we showcase a variety of fulldome features! Click on the images below for a preview of that show.

Rusty Rocket's Last Blast (11:00am)
(Recommended for ages 6-10, 40 minute runtime.)

After decades of teaching the basics of rocket physics, Rusty Rocket has decided this will be his last blast, and he already has plans for how he will spend his free time. Still there is one final mission to command: an introductory tour of the solar system for a new class of rocket rookies focusing on the wide variety of planetary environments. Along the way, we learn Rusty is related to every famous spacecraft to explore the solar system. He also emphasizes the immense distances between the planets using cars and jets for comparison.

Dream to Fly (12:00pm)
(Recommended for ages 8+, 35 minute runtime.)

Discover the mystery of flight with Leonardo da Vinci, Montgolfier brothers, Wright brothers and other inventors. Experience the adventure and find out how this immense and challenging dream, for which mankind has strived since the beginning of history came true. Rich fulldome visuals, beautiful music and a poetic narration make this show an exceptional artwork. The message to viewers is to be open to new ideas and to pursue our dreams.

Sunstruck (1:00pm)
(Recommended for ages 8+, 25 minute runtime.)

Explore the science of our Sun like never before! This feature displays information on the Sun, parts/layers, space weather, its impact on Earth and much more. Audiences will gain an enhanced understanding of the Sun and how it impacts our world.

Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (2:00pm)
(Recommended for ages 10+, 30 minute runtime.)

Discover the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph instrument installed on the Hubble Space Telescope in 2009 during Servicing Mission 4, as well as the science behind its utility. Explore the basics of spectroscopy at a high level and the processing of galactic and extragalactic gas. Also uncover the use of quasars as background light sources, cosmic evolution, and the development of large scale structures.

Natural Selection (3:00pm)
(Recommended for ages 10+, 45 minute runtime.)

Join Charles Darwin on his voyage with the HMS Beagle to the Galapagos Islands where he was inspired to develop his theory of transmutation by natural selection. From the comfort of Down House in Kent, Darwin himself will explain the mechanism of natural selection and support it by showing many beautiful examples in nature. The thrill of a scientific discovery, the adventure of science, and the beauty of nature are central to this show.