- Masks must be worn at all times inside the DVT/Planetarium and school until further notice.
- 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.
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
Public Show Schedule
September 8, 2021 – Oct. 30, 2021
- All shows approximately 45-50 minutes
- Regular show ticket price: $5 Adults, $3 Senior Citizens/Students/Children
- Laser Music Shows: All Tickets $5 (February & March)
- All events are posted on Facebook under PHM DVT & Planetarium
“Trip Through Space & Two Small Pieces of Glass”
Wednesday, September 8th, 6:30 p.m.
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 16th, 6:30 p.m.
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!
Escher’s Universe & Microcosm
Wednesday, September 22nd, 6:30 p.m.
Escher’s Universe is based on the life and work of the multifaceted Maurits Cornelis Escher. Was he an artist, an astronomer, a mathematician, a traveler? This show will take us to the artist’s studio where his most iconic works are displayed. From this intimate and emotional place, we’ll visit Escher’s particular universe and we will be surprised by his ability to join science and art. He uses mathematics, astronomy, optics, crystallography and geometry in his creations to artistically explain very complex concepts addressed by cosmology.
- Microcosm takes place at the Center of Miniaturized Medicine in the year 2053. You’ll shrink down to the size of a microbe and be injected into a patient who is suffering from a mysterious viral infection. As you piece together the clues found along the way, you’ll race against time to save the patient on a roller-coaster ride through the heart, lungs, brain, eye, ear, and circulatory system in general. Laser battles, genetic weapons, and lots of surprises along the way make this show an exciting experience.
One World, One Sky: Big Bird
Thursday, September 30th, 6:30 p.m.
The show follows Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu. Together, they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the Moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth. Children attending the show can interact as they watch, drawing constellations and counting the time it takes the sun to set. You will also learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the Sun, and the Moon.
Dawn of the Space Age
Wednesday, October 6th, 6:30 p.m.
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.
Forces of Nature
Thursday, October 14th, 6:30 p.m.
Come close to nature's most powerful and extreme forces. Cameras capture massive volcanoes, earthquakes, and storms as a team of scientists travel the world in an attempt to figure out what causes these dangerous, yet undeniably thrilling natural occurrences. Putting their lives on the line in the name of scientific discovery, the experts forge their way into erupting pits, through volcanic flows, along fault lines, and straight towards tornados' eyes. Narrated by Kevin Bacon.
Oasis In Space & Origins of Life
Wednesday, October 20th, 6:30 p.m.
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.
Laser Fright Light 1
Wednesday, October 27th, 6:30 p.m.
- 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.
Laser Fright Light 2
Saturday, October 30th, 6:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
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.)
Prices for MOST shows are as follows:
- Adult – $5.00
- Senior Citizens – $3.00
- Child – $3.00
- Students – $3.00
Tickets go on sale 7-8 days prior to the show. CLICK HERE to confirm prices for your show & to purchase tickets
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
- Melinda O’Malley, is the director of P-H-M’s Planetarium and Digital Video Theater.
- Phone: (574) 258-9569
- Email: email@example.com.
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