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Worlds Beyond Earth
Photograph: Courtesy D. Finnin/AMNH

A first look at the new planetarium show at the Museum of Natural History

Shaye Weaver

Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Lupita Nyong'o, the American Museum of Natural History's newly released planetarium show was sure to wow, but newly released images from the production reveal that it's out of this world.

Photograph: Courtesy D. Finnin / AMNH

The show at the Hayden Planetarium debuted on January 21, about six years after the release of the previous presentation–"Dark Universe," which was narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson. 

"Worlds Beyond Earth" is the museum's first show at the planetarium to use its newly installed high-dynamic range projection system, which means AMNH has the deepest color of any planetarium in the world. 

Photograph: Courtesy D. Finnin / AMNH

The show transports its audience to the far corners of our solar system and beyond with detailed scenes drawn from scientific data collected by robotic explorers we've sent to the moon, the icy and volcanic surface of Jupiter's moon Io, and into the showers of liquid methane on Saturn's moon, Titan.

The 25-minute show runs every half-hour. Admission to the museum and planetarium is $28.


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