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Sudekum Planetarium Fulldome Productions

 Show distribution from the Sudekum Planetarium at Adventure Science Center


Some people think the Sudekum Planetarium is just another big dome with a big staff and a big budget. While our 63 foot (19 meter) dome houses a fulldome and opto-mechanical hybrid system, laser and inset projectors, we work hard to maintain an intimate, friendly environment for our visitors.

Like you, we are looking for high-quality programming. One of our goals is to inspire and educate people of all ages about the variety of worlds around us. Through engaging productions, our guests acquire a broad range of knowledge and experience.

With the generosity and long-term support of the Sudekum Memorial Trust we have had the privilege of producing completely original programs since 1987. Many shows in our catalog have received awards for scriptwriting or audio-visual production. Sudekum’s fulldome productions have played in domes of all sizes, from 16 to 68 feet. Our productions fulfill educational state standards while engaging audiences at many levels. The soundtracks are produced using original music and professional narrators.

If you have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to call or drop an email. You can also refer to our FAQ list. If you have suggestions for future production, please let us know. Visitors are always welcome – get in touch and we can set up a time!

Thanks for your time, interest, and support. May you have clear skies and pin-point stars.

Derrick Rohl, Planetarium Manager
Drew Gilmore
, Planetarium Assistant Manager
Patrick King, Planetarium Educator
KC Katalbas, Planetarium Educator
planetarium@adventuresci.org
(615) 401-5092


Shows for Leasing

ECLIPSE: The Sun Revealed

Newest addition to the Sudekum library!

Now available for distribution

This all-new production will showcase:

  • Historical and cultural views of eclipses illustrated in culturally-accurate styles
  • The geometry that gives us lunar, partial, annular, and (of course) total solar eclipses
  • A preview of what your guests can expect to see from within the shadow of a total solar eclipse
  • Scientific discoveries generated/supported by total solar eclipses
  • Eclipse viewing safety tips
  • Vignettes of personal stories/reactions to eclipses
  • Alternate modules to show the 2017 path, 2024 path, and a generic module (less date/location-specific)

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STARS: Powerhouses of the Universe

Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that lights the Universe. Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of stars.

STARS, narrated by actor Mark Hamill, is the Sudekum Planetarium’s first original fulldome, digital production. Adventure Science Center collaborated with the National Space Centre in Leicester, England, to create this stunning 26-minute show exploring the powerhouses of the universe and our relationship with the night sky throughout history.

Part of the STARS soundtrack is performed by The Nashville Symphony, conducted by Albert-George Schram, Resident conductor. STARS was made possible, in part, by a gift from SunTrust Bank, Inc.

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Rusty Rocket's Last Blast

All rocket rookies report to class! Lift off with Rusty Rocket and learn rocket basics, relive great moments in space exploration, and discover how far it really is to the moon and planets.

After decades of teaching rocket rookies the basics of rocket physics, Rusty Rocket has announced his retirement, and he already has plans for how he will spend his free time. Meanwhile, Rusty has one final mission to command: an introductory tour of the solar system for a class of rocket rookies that focuses on the wide variety of planetary environments. Rusty really emphasizes the immense distances between the planets.

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Skywatchers of Africa

For thousands of years, Africans have used their knowledge of the sky to build their societies, shape their spiritual lives, and meet their physical needs for survival. Skywatchers of Africa highlights the diversity of African astronomy, examines cultural uses of the sky that developed over thousands of years, and celebrates our shared human experience.

Skywatchers of Africa is originally a production of the Adler Planetarium, and was brought to fulldome by Sudekum Planetarium.

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Mars Update

Mars Update lets you provide your audiences with the latest news from Mars.

The show begins with a fifteen-minute, self-contained chapter of how our views on Mars have changed over the years – from H.G. Wells and Percival Lowell to Spirit and Opportunity.

Although this introduction mentions Mars missions up to and including the recent Mars Exploration Rovers, we make no reference to their current status and give only a quick overview of what they have discovered. That’s on purpose – it’s up to you in the second (live) part to bring your audience up to date. The live part can include as much or as little detail as you want: from where to find Mars in the current night sky to the current status of the rovers, what they’ve discovered, and what other spacecraft have been, or will be doing on Mars.

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Our Place in Space

While solving a crossword puzzle about the sky, endangered animals explore the cause of day and night, the importance of our star the Sun, the beauty of the constellations, and the variety of objects that make up the Universe.

Our Place in Space is highly recommended by teachers because it clearly addresses their curriculum needs. The program presents the content in an engaging, humorous way without being over-stimulating. Educators have also been very enthusiastic about the script’s multi-disciplinary approach from the vocabulary to the animals and traveling to exotic locations.

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Nine Planets and Counting

How many planets are there in our solar system? Nine, right? Or is it eight? Maybe it’s ten, or twelve, or more. Take a tour and explore the variety of objects that populate our solar system. Along the way, we’ll examine each planet individually and then step back to look at the big picture: rocky worlds compared to gas giants and more. And just what is a planet, anyway? The answer may surprise you.

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