Birth of Planet Earth

Travel back 5 billion years to the origins of our planet!

Weekdays at 1 p.m.

Saturdays & Sundays at Noon

The Dome
Additional Ticket Required
All Ages
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Birth of Planet Earth tells the story of our home planet, answering the age-old question: how did our planet come to support life?

Going back billions of years to the Milky Way galaxy, this astronomy show employs advanced data-driven, cinematic-quality visualizations to explore some of the biggest questions in science today: How did we become a living planet, and what does history tell us about finding other life in the universe among a billion other Earth-size planets scientists believe exist today?

Uncover what it took to achieve planet Earth’s wonder, and how the aftershocks of a supernova, the violence of Jupiter, a chance collision with the proto-planet Theia, the gift of a moon, and water combined to make life possible.

Birth of Planet Earth was produced by Spitz Creative Media, NCSA’s Advanced Visualization Lab, Thomas Lucas Productions, Inc., in association with Tellus Science Museum. The project is supported by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, and was funded in part by the National Science Foundation.

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