Lowell and Nancy Lohman Planetarium
Open June 29, 2024 through September 1, 2024
Presented by Lowell and Nancy Lohman
Lift off and explore the cosmos in the premier planetarium of the space coast. The Museum of Arts & Sciences is home to the Lowell & Nancy Lohman Planetarium: A state-of-the-art facility where science, art, and technology blend seamlessly to create an experience that you will not forget.
An innovative and immersive experience: as you sit in one of 94 reclined seats, a stunning environment is generated 360 degrees around and above you from our Barco™ F80 projector, capable of displaying 5.7 million pixels in vibrant and colorful Ultra-high-definition across our expansive 40-foot hemispherical dome. Coupled with a powerful audio system, provided by JBL, that immerses the audience in Dolby™ 5.1 Surround sound, the Lohman Planetarium gives you the feeling of traveling aboard a starship across the Universe or trekking through the detailed terrain of an exotic, far-off world.
Evans & Sutherland, a Cosm Company, powers the planetarium to new heights with its cutting-edge software, Digistar 7™, the world's most capable Universe simulator. Digistar 7™ provides a three-dimensional perspective of the entire known cosmos, allowing us to navigate the starfield from any spot here on Earth, fly to the International Space Station, skim through the rings of Saturn, and cruise around galaxies billions of light-years away. As discoveries are made and new missions take flight, the Digistar™ database is updated daily to reflect the most current understanding of our Universe and the forefront of space exploration.
Enjoy one of many full-dome science films, a live, night sky tour from one of our world-class educators, a fascinating talk from a renowned scientist, or even a live rocket launch, projected right onto the dome. At night, the planetarium becomes even more than a science theater. Enjoy stunning laser rock spectacles, featuring all your favorite music, unique live concert events under a canopy of stars, movie nights in 4K with our cinema tier projector, and exclusive one-off events you do not want to miss.
Whether you visit the Lohman Planetarium as part of your day at MOAS, or are joining us for a unique event, there are plenty of programs that will capture your imagination.
Since the opening of our first facility in 1972, the planetarium has undergone many transformations. In 2021, the planetarium officially became the Lohman Planetarium, thanks to the generous patronage of Lowell and Nancy Lohman.
The Lohman Planetarium has been and will continue to be instrumental in emphasizing the "science" in the Museum of Arts & Sciences. We strive to serve as a cornerstone of science, scholarship, and culture in central Florida. With the planetarium as our window into the Universe, we hope to inspire all ages to look beyond the stars and keep wondering.