Available Shows:

The shows listed are live interactive planetarium shows produced by the local team of presenters of the Navel Hill Planetarium. All shows listed are available on request for group bookings. Selected shows are screened during public Planetarium programs, with Planetarium programs per montly period available on request, or on the Planetarium Facebook Page.

 

City of Stars

Available on request for group bookings

We see the Milky Way as a faint glowing band arching across the sky. Though beautiful, our view with the naked eye is very limited. Come and discover more about our “city of stars”, its spectacular spiral structure, and its immense size. Explore the role of dark matter and explore the colourful star clusters and nebulae in the disc of the Milky Way. Fly into the centre, to our own supermassive black hole, then fly out far beyond the Milky Way to behold the recently discovered Laniakea Supercluster. Travel far into the future to see the inevitable collision of our Milky Way with our nearest spiral neighbour, Andromeda.

City of Stars

 

In die Begin…

Available on request for group bookings

This show places humans’ purpose in creation into perspective. It attempts to shed new light on questions we sometimes wonder about. How did everything come into being?  Are we alone in the universe? How do we see the Creator in all of this? What about “contradictory” scientific views?

In die begin

 

Mission to Mars

Available on request for group bookings

The first humans may travel to Mars in the year 2024. In this show we explore what these “lucky” individuals may experience while they establish a new colony on Mars. How do the conditions on Mars compare with those on Earth and with those on the other inner planets, namely Mercury and Venus?

Mission to Mars

 

The extraordinary end of the dinosaurs

Available on request for group bookings

Dinosaurs ruled the earth for millions of years until their abrupt extinction. Humans are on a quest to try and discover the answers relating to this extraordinary extinction event.

The extraordinary end of the dinosaurs

 

Stars in their eyes: Women in Astronomy

Available on request for group bookings

For centuries humans have been working towards the greater goal of understanding the universe and the natural laws that govern it. Till recently mostly men devoted their time to this endeavor but the eventual emancipation of women also saw them rise in the field of astronomy. Come and meet some of these remarkable women who have made their mark by making some of the greatest discoveries in modern astronomy. Even in times when women were not accommodated on an equal footing to men in the workforce, they overcame their obstacles through sheer determination and a pure passion for astronomy.

Stars in their eyes Women in Astronomy

 

The Secrets of the Solar System’s Giants.

Available on request for group bookings

Space missions to the giant gas planets revealed fascinating systems of moons and rings. The Cassini mission discovered intriguing and ever changing detail in Saturn's rings and also what could be described as 'oceans' on the moon Titan. Jupiter’s moons have their own surprises, from volcanic activity to hidden oceans.

The Secrets of the Solar Systems Giants

 

Pluto and other "dwarfs" in our Solar System

Available on request for group bookings

The solar system includes eight planets and millions of other objects – dwarf planets, asteroids and comets. During the last year robotic space missions obtained fascinating information about some of these objects.  As recently as July 2015 the former planet Pluto was still an unknown world … until the near flyby of the New Horizons spacecraft on 14 July.

Pluto and other dwarfs in our solar system

 

Fly me to the Moon.. en veel verder

Available on request for group bookings

The moon is our nearest neighbour and the only other celestial body we've set foot on. Its orbit around the Earth has a big influence on the planet and it dominates our night sky. The six manned missions to the moon have left more than just footprints, and are still contributing to science today

Fly me to the moon

 

The Life Cycle of Stars

Available on request for group bookings.

Every star has a life story. Witness how stars are born in vast, beautiful nebulae of hydrogen gas, learn how they spend most of their lives as Main Sequence stars producing energy, and see them finally entering the last stages of their lives, often with spectacular consequences.

The life cycle of stars

 

The Solar System: Dwarfs, rocks and snowballs

Available on request for group bookings.

The solar system includes eight planets and millions of other objects – dwarf planets, asteroids and comets. Recently, fascinating information about some of these objects emerged. On the other hand, little is known about the former planet Pluto due to its vast distance from the sun. That could change soon.

The Solar System

CONTACT US

Bookings and General enquiries:  Mrs Yolandie Loots

  T: +27 51 401 9751
E: FickY@ufs.ac.za

Planetarium Director: Prof Matie Hoffman 
T: +27 51 401 2924
     E: HoffmaMJ@ufs.ac.za

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