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Notices:

  • If P-H-M schools are closed or P-H-M evening activities are canceled, the DVT/Planetarium is also closed and the shows for that day will also be canceled. If a show is canceled due to a P-H-M closure, all pre-paid tickets will be refunded. Otherwise, tickets are non-refundable.

 


About

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The Digital Video Theater (DVT) & Planetarium is an outstanding educational resource to P-H-M schools and the greater St. Joseph County community, supporting learning across the curriculum and at all grade levels.

 

When the DVT is open to the public, it is open during the P-H-M School year. It provides “digital” lessons projected in the state-of-the-art dome to P-H-M students and teachers, as well as hundreds of students and educators from neighboring districts who also visit for scheduled field trips. 

 

Additionally, the facility hosts nearly 50 informative and entertaining public shows each year, with topics ranging from Astronomy to Rock & Roll.  These shows are offered at a nominal cost and are also open to members of the general public. 

 

The DVT/Planetarium also includes an air and space museum that contains artifacts donated by astronauts and some which are on loan from the Johnson Space Center and the Smithsonian. Some artifacts have actually traveled to space and been on or come from the Moon! So plan on arriving for your show a bit early to take time to look around.

 

As part of P-H-M’s celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing on July 20, 2019, we asked former DVT & Planetarium Director Art Klinger to share his thoughts on the importance of space exploration. Click here to watch the video ...

 

P-H-M Teachers visit dvt.phmschools.org for more details on:

  • The list of shows available or recommended for classroom visits
  • How P-H-M teachers should schedule their classroom visits
  • Frequently asked questions about visiting the DVT/Planetarium
  • Links to recommended astronomy and “sky events” websites

 

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Public Show Schedule

Click Here for a Printable PDF of the 2022/2023 Show Schedule!

  • All shows approximately 45-50 minutes
  • Regular show ticket price:  $5 Adults,  $3 Senior Citizens/Students/Children
  • Laser Music Shows: All Tickets $5 (Except Holiday Laser)
  • All events are posted on Facebook under PHM DVT & Planetarium

 

 


 

 

P-H-M Fulldome Shows

Fulldome shows are documentary-style films that utilize the entire Dome Screen to create an immersive experience for the viewer. 

 

TRIP THROUGH SPACE & TWO SMALL PIECES OF GLASS

Thursday, September 15, 6:30 pm

  • This full-dome show is a potpourri of Astronomy topics such as: moon phases, eclipses, tides, lunar surface features, the Solar System, eight winter constellations and their bright stars, the Earth’s motions and seasons, star types, galaxies, formation of stars, and the size of the Universe in general. 

    The second show tells how Galileo’s telescopic observations began a revolution, transforming our view of the cosmos and our place within. Discover the wonders that even a small amateur telescope can reveal and learn about the scientists that made such views possible.

 

FALL NIGHT SKY & LEGENDS OF THE NIGHT SKY: PERSEUS/ANDROMEDA

Thursday, September 22, 6:30 pm

  • Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus/Andromeda engages the audience with a wonderful story filled with humorous and exciting characters, and also engages their desire to learn about astronomy. This educational, and entertaining show is for adults as well as children. Aesop the owl and Socrates the mouse tell how Perseus saves Andromeda from Cetus the Sea Monster.

    Also, join us for an overview of the current night sky, which includes constellations, stars, the Milky Way, and the planets. Come see what you can look forward to in the sky this fall!

 

OASIS IN SPACE & ORIGINS OF LIFE

Thursday, September 29, 6:30 pm

  • In Oasis, we embark on a startling and beautiful voyage through our Universe, Galaxy and Solar System in search of water, which is the key ingredient for life on Earth. Oasis in Space offers a new perspective on a substance of obvious importance to our planet.Origins of Life deals with some of the most profound questions of life science: the origins of life and the human search for life beyond Earth. Starting with the Big Bang, in chronological order, the show deals with the prebiotic chemistry in the Universe, the formation of stars, formation of solar systems, and the first life on Earth. Furthermore, Origins of Life covers the great extinctions as well as our search for (primitive) life beyond planet Earth. Origins of Life is an inspirational journey through time and a celebration of life on Earth.

 

DAWN OF THE SPACE AGE

Tuesday, October 4, 6:30 pm

  • Relive the excitement of the early days of space exploration, from the launch of the first artificial satellite Sputnik, to the magnificent lunar landings and privately operated space flights. Be immersed and overwhelmed with this accurate historic reconstruction of man’s first steps into space on April 12th, 1961. Who were the men and women who took part in these death-defying days? Witness their drive, their passion, and their perseverance to explore in Dawn of the Space Age.

 

ONE WORLD, ONE SKY: BIG BIRD

Wednesday, October 12, 6:30 pm

  • Relive the excitement of the early days of space exploration, from the launch of the first artificial satellite Sputnik, to the magnificent lunar landings and privately operated space flights. Be immersed and overwhelmed with this accurate historic reconstruction of man’s first steps into space on April 12th, 1961. Who were the men and women who took part in these death-defying days? Witness their drive, their passion, and their perseverance to explore in Dawn of the Space Age.

 

Click Here For Halloween Laser Shows!

 

IMAGINE THE MOON

Thursday, November 3, 6:30 pm

  • Imagine the Moon explores how the Moon has inspired human creativity, learning, and exploration ever since we have looked to the sky. Through beautiful imagery and historical footage, we explore our closest celestial neighbor! Each discovery has brought new opportunities to contemplate and imagine, until, driven by dreams, we left Earth and went there in the amazing journeys that culminated in astronauts walking on the Moon. People have imagined the Moon as a glowing disk in the sky, a destination in space, and a world that shares its origin with the Earth. The power of human imagination continues to inspire our relationship with the Moon as our partner in space and companion in our sky.

 

D-DAY: NORMANDY 1944

Thursday, November 10, 6:30 pm

  • This show is free to all veterans. June 6, 1944: The largest Allied operation of World War II began in Normandy, France. Yet, few know in detail exactly why and how, from the end of 1943 through August 1944, this region became the most important location in the world. Audiences of all ages, including new generations, will discover from a new perspective how this landing changed the world. Exploring history, military strategy, science, technology and human values, the film will educate and appeal to all. Narrated by Tom Brokaw.

 

INTO THE DEEP

Tuesday, November 15, 6:30 pm

  • We know more about the surface of the Moon than we do about the wonders hidden beneath the waves of our planet's seas. The deepest parts of our oceans teem with life forms so bizarre they could be from the realm of science fiction. These fantastic creatures, all perfectly adapted to the extreme pressures and temperatures of their alien environment, inhabit a realm of underwater volcanoes, engulfed mountain ranges, and vast trenches cut into the crust of the planet. Into the Deep combines marine biology, oceanography, underwater geology, astronomy, and exploration. Audiences will experience the dive of Trieste to the Challenger Deep, the lowest point of the Mariana Trench in the South Pacific.

 

SEASON OF LIGHT

Tuesday, December 6, 6:30 pm

Tuesday, December 13, 6:30 pm

  • This show traces the development of many of the world's endearing holiday customs, and how they involve lighting up the winter season-from the burning of the Yule log and sparkling Christmas tree lights to the lighting of the Menorah and luminarias.  In addition, we will be detectives trying to solve the mystery of the Star Over Bethlehem. The planetarium will be decked out as a winter wonderland, so come enjoy the beautiful winter wonderland as well! .

 

Click Here For Holiday Laser Shows!

 

2023

 

THE WINTER NIGHT SKY

Thursday, January 12, 6:30 pm

  • Would you like to know an easy way to find and identify those winter constellations? Come join us for a live presentation and overview of the current winter night sky, which includes constellations, stars, colors of stars, the Milky Way, planets and more!

 

EDGE OF DARKNESS & ICE WORLDS

Thursday, January 19, 6:30 pm

  • Edge of Darkness features amazing scenes of places never before seen, gathered by key space missions that culminated with ground-breaking discoveries in 2015. It features a spectacular flight through the great cliffs on comet 67P, a close look at the fascinating bright "lights" on Ceres, and the first ever close ups of dwarf binary planet Pluto/Charon and its moons. Narrated by Hayley Atwell, Agent Carter, from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the ABC television series.

    In Ice Worlds, we will explore the delicate balance between ice, water and the existence of life, which has been a topic of scientific inquiry for generations. In travels to the Arctic and Antarctic regions of our planet, we'll examine the ecosystems that exist and thrive there and learn how their survival is connected with our own. Beyond Earth, we'll see how the existence of ice shapes the landscape and the natural systems on other planets and moons in our Solar System.

 

STAR SIGNS & LEGENDS OF THE NIGHT SKY: ORION

Wednesday, January 25, 6:30 pm

  • Star Signs includes Zodiac constellation patterns, with mythological tales.  Astrology and the fallacy of astrology are demonstrated and explained.  Also, included are excellent demonstrations of Earth motions like rotation, revolution, and precession, as well as the reasons for the seasons.

    Legends of the Night Sky: Orion brings the mythological Orion to life in a fun-filled, animated adventure. Accompanied by narrators Aesop the owl and Socrates the mouse, we follow Orion’s adventures as he grows to manhood, battles mythical beasts, foils the plot of an evil king and wins the heart of Artemis, the beautiful moon-goddess. By the end of the story, we learn how the constellation Orion was placed in the sky, forever turning overhead throughout the seasons.

 

 

 

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P-H-M DVT Laser Music Shows

Our Laser Shows offer are professional-quality music shows. Our laser creates intricate patterns and characters on our Dome Screen enhanced by a (water-vapor) haze machine.

 

HALLOWEEN LASER FRIGHT LIGHT 1  ($5)

Thursday, October 27, 6:30 pm

  • Get into the spooky spirit with this special Halloween Laser Show! This must-see evening laser show combines haunting tunes and an amazing laser light show that dances across the DVT’s 30-foot dome. The water-vapor-based haze machine makes the laser lights stretch across the room!

    Soundtrack: Thriller, Godzilla, Monster Medley (Monster Mash, Purple People Eater, Boris the Spider), Enter Sandman, Men In Black, Attack of the Radioactive Hamsters, Firestarter, Dead Man's Party, Iron Man, Another Brick in the Wall, Push It, Frankenstein, Devil Went Down to Georgia, Feed My Frankenstein.

 

HALLOWEEN LASER FRIGHT LIGHT 2 ($5) – One Day, Two Showings!

Saturday, October 29, 6:00 pm & 7:30 pm

  • Get into the spooky spirit with another special Halloween Laser Show! This must-see evening laser show combines haunting tunes and an amazing laser light show that dances across the DVT’s 30-foot dome. The water-vapor-based haze machine makes the laser lights stretch across the room!

    Soundtrack: Thriller, Godzilla, Monster Medley (Monster Mash, Purple People Eater, Boris the Spider), Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Men In Black, Attack of the Radioactive Hamsters, Re:Your Brains, Dead Man's Party, Iron Man, Horror Movie Medley (Theme from Nesferatu, Psycho, Jaws, Halloween, Insidious), Frankenstein, Devil Went Down to Georgia, Feed My Frankenstein.)

 

LASER HOLIDAYS 1

Sunday, December 4, 1:30 pm & 3:00 pm

Wednesday, December 21, 6:30 pm

  • This is a professional laser light show, containing 12 holiday songs, including Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Silent Night, Frosty The Snowman, and accompanying laser animations. The planetarium will be decked out as a winter wonderland, so come enjoy the music, laser lights, and beautiful winter wonderland as well!

 

LASER HOLIDAYS 2

Sunday, December 11, 1:30 pm & 3:00 pm

  • This is another professional laser light show, which contains 12 holiday songs, including Up on the Housetop and All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth, and accompanying laser animations. The planetarium will be decked out as a winter wonderland, so come enjoy the music, laser lights, and beautiful winter wonderland as well!

 

 

 

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Ticket Information

Prices for MOST shows are as follows:

 CLICK HERE to confirm prices for your show & to purchase tickets

 

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Location & Contact Information

The DVT & Planetarium is located inside Bittersweet Elementary School (directly east of the Educational Services Center)
55860 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545

 

 

 

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