Transport yourself around the globe and across the universe in the Caperton Planetarium and Theater! The Planetarium, located in the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences, features a giant screen theater with an upgraded, 8K projection system! This sophisticated system offers exceptional brightness and resolution, with crisp images, sparkling stars, stunning details and 3D capability. 3D views are provided by utilizing “active” 3D glasses rather than polarized lenses found in traditional cinemas offering a larger than life experience! Join us for a variety of films and live presentations daily in the Caperton Planetarium and Theater! Please note that showtimes are subject to change.

Programming

SciTalk With Al Najjar
Thursday, December 5 | 6PM

Join Clay Center President and CEO Al Najjar as he explores topics of science from our own world to the reaches of deep space, using the interactive tools of the planetarium and engaging with the audience. Tickets are $5 and include popcorn and bottled water, with access to cash bar onsite beginning at 5:30PM. Limited seating available, please purchase your ticket in advance as the event is usually a sell out.

About Our Films

Superpower Dogs – Join an immersive adventure to experience the life-saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most amazing dogs. In this inspiring true story, our best friends are also real-life superheroes. Journey around the globe to meet remarkable dogs who save lives and discover the powerful bond they share with their human partners. Follow Halo, a rookie puppy training to join one of the most elite disaster response teams in America. Meet Henry, an avalanche rescue expert in the mountains of British Columbia, Reef, a Newfoundland lifeguard with the Italian coastguard, Ricochet, a Californian surf legend helping people with special needs, and the Bloodhound brothers, Tipper & Tony, who are leading the fight to save endangered species in Africa. As we discover the incredible abilities of dogs and the astonishing science behind their superpowers, we’ll never look at our best friends the same way again!
Humpback Whales 3D – Narrated by two-time Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor, Humpback Whales is an extraordinary journey into the mysterious world of one of nature’s most awe-inspiring marine mammals. Set in the spectacular waters of Alaska, Hawaii and the remote islands of Tonga, this ocean adventure offers audiences an up-close look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young. Join a team of researchers as they unlock the secrets of the humpback and find out why humpbacks are the most acrobatic of all whales, why they sing their haunting songs, and why these intelligent, 55-foot, 50-ton animals migrate up to 10,000 miles round-trip every year. Showing in 3D!
Live Presentation & Country Roads – Take a journey through the Solar System! Blast off from the Clay Center, through our atmosphere and into outer space! Enjoy a breathtaking flight through the rings of Saturn in this presentation. Watch ice particles encircling the planet seemingly jump out from the dome above and hang in front of your eyes on this voyage to the stars!

Cosmic Adventure – This show for families takes us on a roller coaster ride from the moon through the universe, our galaxy and our Solar System. This unforgettable high-speed adventure will immerse you in some of the most amazing sites in the Universe. Narrated by Nancy Cartwright of TV’s The Simpsons.

Pandas – Pandas are a lovable, iconic, and — unfortunately — highly endangered species. In Pandas: The Journey Home, meet the dedicated team working tirelessly to save these captivating creatures from extinction. Filmmakers were granted unprecedented access to the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda to tell the story of our furry friends. The pandas’ fascinating habits and unique personalities will leave you with a huge appreciation for the animals and the individuals working to protect them. Witness an incredible story of survival and fall in love with these black and white gentle giants. Showing in 3D!