Streaming service lets Casper Planetarium add more summer programming

Families enjoy an animated show about space exploration on the big overhead dome at the Casper Planetarium on Friday morning. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

The Casper Planetarium has added a series of summer programs aimed for children and families this summer.

Using a streaming service called Fulldome On Demand, the planetarium is able run a large variety of programming options.

“We used it over the past school year to rent shows for curriculum purposes,” said planetarium education tech Rod Kennedy, “and we thought we’d look at different shows we might eventually want to purchase for our permanent library.”

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“It’ll appeal to a wide range of different kind of audiences,” said Kennedy.

The planetarium installed a new projector about a year ago, that Kennedy says gives better sharpness and contrast.

“It’s an immersive experience,” said Kennedy. “When you sit back and watch the image on the dome, it’s kind of like being in it.”

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Each week a new program will run for three days at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. starting this week through late August.

A few permanent programs are also regularly scheduled through the summer.

The schedule of programs is reprinted below, and for more information you can visit the Casper Planetarium website.

  • June 12 – 14           Cocomong:  A Space Adventure  (for young children)
  • June 19 – 21            Dinosaurs at Dusk  (the dinosaurs-to-birds connection)
  • June 26 – 28            Lars the Little Polar Bear   (Arctic habitat)
  • July 3 & 5                 Earthquake (no Thursday show because of July 4)
  • July 10 – 12              The Cowboy Astronomer  (star tales & Native American legends)
  • July 17 – 19              Expedition Reef    (coral reefs around the world)
  • July 24 – 26              The Great Planet Adventures   (colonizing space; kids’ version.
  • July 31 – Aug. 2       The New Force 5     (extreme weather – no trailer available)
  • August 7 – 9            Molecularium: Riding Snowflakes   (atoms and molecules)  
  • August 14 – 16        Into the Deep     (oceans)
  • August 21 – 23        Moles   (intro to Sun, Moon and stars for young children)