Experience the Aurora

See nature’s most stunning light show as you watch the winter sky come to life before your eyes.

Available for Groups Only

The Dome
Additional Ticket Required
All Ages
45 minutes
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See Nature’s Most Stunning Light Show Come to Life!

Watch the winter sky come to life before your eyes. See a stunning seven-month time lapse of the Aurora Borealis, commonly known as the Northern Lights, as it shimmers and glistens in a breathtaking display. Occurring when energized particles react with the atmosphere, this incredible natural phenomenon encircles Earth’s poles to put on a magnificent light show. This astronomy feature is followed by a live presentation that allows you to explore the stars like never before.

This film is currently only available for groups. However, this film may become part of the Museum's public film library in the future.

Book your group adventure today and see nature's stunning light show like never before on our 76-foot Dome screen! With discounted group rates, groups have the opportunity to schedule exclusive featured shows on Virginia’s largest movie screen.

Groups can add a Dome feature to their visit for just $4 per person. Click here to learn more about our Group Visit Policies.

This feature corresponds with the following SOLs:

  • Kindergarten: 1, 3, 8, 9 and 10
  • 1st Grade: 1 and 6
  • 2nd Grade: 1, 2 and 3
  • 4th Grade: 1, 5 and 6
  • 5th Grade: 1, 2, 4 and 6
  • 6th Grade: 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Physical Science: 1, 5, 6, 7 and 9
  • Chemistry: 1, 6 and 7
  • Earth Science: 1, 2, 3, 11 and 12
  • Physics: 1, 5 and 7