Beyond Earth

Clark Planetarium features three floors of hands-on, free interactive exhibits.

Beyond Earth (Third Floor)

Learn of the power of black holes, visit alien landscapes, and see the wonders that await in outer space. Indulge your curiosity as you experiment and engage with the exhibits to discover new ways of understanding our solar system, and beyond.

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Planetary Processes

What is our solar system really like? What do you know about the planets? Test your knowledge with our Solar System quiz! Put your nose to work and see what our planets smell like. Give your own weather forecast from a location of your choice. Watch water freeze before your eyes and use a polarizer to examine the crystals. See all the large bodies in the solar system and explore on your own with our Solar System Explorer. Learn more about the early solar system and its comets with our "Icy Bodies" exhibit.

Solar System Fact: Current scientific knowledge indicates that our Solar System is home to 1 star (our Sun), 8 planets, 5 dwarf planets, 188 moons, 566,000 asteroids, and 3,100 comets!


Far Out

A star's size determines its ultimate fate. Feel what it would be like to try to lift one cubic centimeter of white dwarf material then compare that to a neutron star or black hole. See (or don't see) the darkest material created by humans in our "Vanta Black Hole," which is 99.97% light-absorbing.

Form and collect stars with your own black hole or see which member of your group has more "gravity" in our Gravity Floor interactive digital exhibit. See what you look like in Infra-Red and how our hot and cold shapes can really leave a mark!

Star Fact: Every star you see in the night sky is bigger and brighter than our Sun!


Io (eye-O)

Enter the most immersive part of the planetarium. You will stand on Jupiter's moon, Io, as you enjoy a close-up view of the giant planet. Want to drive a rover on Io to collect resources? Writing a simple serial program to control your rover is intuitive and a great introduction to programming.

Fact of Io: Io is the most volcanically active body in our solar system. It can spew sulfur as high as 190 miles in the air!


Northrop Grumman Exploration Space

Let your kids have their own space mission as they explore our climber. Don't miss the galactic glow-in-the-dark mural that you can only see from the inside. Some family members may want to tell a story on our large planet magnet board, dock a lunar lander or build and fly a rocket. Mix fuel and oxygen to power your own rocket and see if whose will go the highest! Check out your body in Infra-Red--our hot and cold shapes can really leave a mark!

Rocketry Fact: The heat produced by a rocket in the first moments after lift-off could heat 85,000 homes for a full day.