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The Morehead Planetarium & Science Center Production Blog

Shows & Trailers

May 12, 2010

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The Longest Night: A Winter’s Tale

This is a one-of-a-kind fulldome planetarium show that captures its audience with a timeless fable of courage, generosity and renewal. Its story explores the concept that winter is a time for Earth to rest, waiting for new growth in the spring. Its star, a young girl born into a family of nomadic storytellers, embarks on a simple quest that leads her to a dragon’s nest. What will she discover there, and how will it help her save her village?

Awards and Festival Screenings:

2013 B3 Moving Image Biennial, Frankfurt, Germany

2013 Russian Fulldome Festival, Yaroslavl, Russia

2013 IMERSA Conference, Denver, Colorado, USA

Honorable Mention (Outstanding and Innovative Productions) – 2013 Jena Fulldome Film Festival, Jena, Germany

2013 Imiloa Film Festival, Imiloa, Hawaii, USA



Solar System Odyssey

Our story takes place far in the future with an Earth on the verge of environmental collapse. Billionaire Warren Trout thinks he can make a fortune colonizing the rest of the solar system and sends space pilot Jack Larson to find out where. But there’s one thing he didn’t count on – Ashley, Trout’s daughter, has stowed away on board the ship and has her own ideas. Ages 10 and Up. Produced with grant funding from NASA. Running time: 27 minutes

Festival Screenings:

2012 IMERSA Conference, Denver, Colorado, USA

2012 Jena Fulldome Festival, Jena, Germany – Top 6


Earth, Moon & Sun

Coyote has a razor-sharp wit, but he’s a little confused about what he sees in the sky. Join this amusing character (adapted from American Indian oral traditions) in a fast-paced and fun fulldome show that explores lunar phases, eclipses and other puzzles. Engaging and immersive, Earth, Moon & Sun also examines how humans learn through space exploration. Audiences age 5-11. Running time: 26 minutes.

Awards and Festival Screenings:

Honorable Mention – 2010 Jena Fulldome Film Festival, Jena, Germany

2nd Place – 2010 Astro Projection International Film Festival, South Korea

Best Selling Sky-Skan Distributed Show – 2010

Best Selling Sky-Skan Distributed Show – 2011

Magic Tree House: Space Mission


Since its debut, the beloved Magic Tree House® book series has been a perennial best-seller. Published in 32 countries and 28 languages, the series focusing on the exploits of the brother-sister team of Jack and Annie has sold more than 64 million books in North America alone.

Now, UNC Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, in partnership with authors Will and Mary Pope Osborne, brings the blockbuster Magic Tree House® franchise to fulldome theaters for the first time ever.

In Magic Tree House® Space Mission, a mysterious “M” sends the intrepid Jack and Annie on a fun-filled journey to discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel and more. Aligned with early elementary information skills learning objectives, this beautifully-produced show is a winner with Magic Tree House® fans of all ages and school audiences alike. Audiences age 5-10. Running Time: 30 minutes.

An original UNC Morehead Planetarium and Science Center production, written by Will Osborne, co-author of Space, the non-fiction companion and research guide to the Magic Tree House® book Midnight on the Moon.

Jeepers Creepers


Trapped in a giant semi-transparent dome, you watch as a single fly buzzes aimlessly above and finally comes to a rest on top. As the lights hauntingly flicker, a cockroach scurries over to the fly and you suddenly realize that you’re not alone – the entire dome is filling up with hundreds of creeping, crawling, slithering insects! This fulldome 3 minute short is not recommended for the easily bugged out.

Awards and Festival Screenings:

2013 B3 Moving Image Biennial, Frankfurt, Germany

2012 Domefest Juried Show Reel, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

2012 Currents Digital Dome Show, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

2012 Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Honorable Mention – 2011 Jena Fulldome Film Festival, Jena, Germany

Best Soundtrack – 2011 Immersive Film Festival, Espinho, Portugal

2011 Fulldome UK, Birmingham, UK


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