The Cockrell Butterfly Center and Wortham Giant Screen Theatre are closed for renovations.

About the Burke Baker Planetarium


Planetarium at the Houston Museum of Natural Science

Travel through the cosmos as high-resolution video technology projects images of planets, stars, meteors, solar systems and entire galaxies on the domed surface of the Burke Baker Planetarium.

Did You Know?

The dome theatre was also used to train NASA Space Shuttle astronauts in identifying starfields!

Opened in 1964, the Burke Baker Planetarium has presented astronomical programs to millions of visitors from school groups to the general public. The newly upgraded planetarium now features Digistar 6, the world’s leading digital planetarium software and projection system. The Digistar 6 system enables our visitors to fly through the universe, experience the vastness of space, roam planetary surfaces, navigate asteroid fields, and watch the latest fulldome shows. Along with our ability to create unique experiences for the planetarium, we have access to a global cloud library of content and shows we can present. The Digistar Cloud library allows us to keep presentations filled with the latest discoveries. You’ll discover something new every time you visit!

The latest digital technology has transformed planetariums from rooms with star-filled roofs to immersive digital dome theaters able to carry audiences from the Big Bang to the nucleus of a cell. The Museum has also added one upgrade to its full-dome system each year – improving the quality of each successive visit.

 

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