` Mueller Planetarium - Fulldome Festival
Mueller Planetarium
A Starry Tale


The Little Star That Could | 11:00am
A Planet for Goldilocks | 12:00pm
Seeing | 1:00pm
Touching the Universe & Shining Light on the Stars | 2:00pm
Dawn of the Space Age | 3:00pm

Admission (click here)

General Policies

• Children must be at least 4 years old to be admitted to regular public shows.
• Shows start on time. No one is admitted into the planetarium after a show has started (by order of the Fire Marshal).
• Theater doors open 10 minutes prior to show time.
• For your safety, there is no re-admittance if you leave during a show.
• 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.
• Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Children cannot be left unattended 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 2018 Fulldome Festival as we showcase a variety of fulldome features! Click on the images below for a preview of that show.

The Little Star That Could (11:00am)
(Recommended for ages 6-8, 40 minutes)

This is a story about Little Star, an average yellow star in search of planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars combine to form star clusters and galaxies. Eventually, Little Star finds his planets and learns that being average can also be very special.

A Planet for Goldilocks (12:00pm)
(Recommended for ages 8+, 30 minutes)

In 1995, astronomers detected 51 Pegasi, the first exoplanet - a planet orbiting a star other than our sun. Since that time the search for a planet like Earth has been like Goldilocks's search. Explore the ongoing hunt for exoplanets in the habitable zone - where they might even support life. Experience humankind's search for a planet with conditions that could be "just right".

Seeing (1:00pm)
(Recommended for ages 10+, 30 minutes)

The story of light, sight and vision. We begin with a photon's creation inside a distant star and follow its immense journey across the galaxy into the eye of a young stargazer. As the photon enters, we learn about the structures of the eye & their functions and we ride along the optic nerve traveling the pathways of our brain, resulting in an image in our mind. Narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Touching the Universe & Shining Light on the Stars (2:00pm)
(Recommended for ages 9+, 30 minutes)

Think only the Hubble Space Telescope can capture beautiful images of the cosmos? Amateur astrophotographers are capable of imaging some of the most breaktaking views and this feature highlights some of their work. With the right equipment & skill, anyone can take beautiful snapshots of the universe around us! This feature is accompanied by a bonus presentation exploring different kinds of stars and how you can uncover their nature simply by looking at them in the night sky.

Dawn of the Space Age (3:00pm)
(Recommended for ages 10+, 45 minutes)

Relive the excitement of the early days of space exploration, from the launch of the first artificial satellite Sputnik, to the magnificent lunar landings and privately operated space flights. Be immersed and overwhelmed with this most accurate historic reconstruction of Manís first steps into space. Who were these men and women that took part in these death-defying endeavors? Witness their drive, their passion, and dedication to explore.