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BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Planetarium

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The 55-foot digital dome planetarium takes guests on journeys to the deepest reaches of space through exciting astronomy shows, entertaining programs focused on art, history or natural history and laser light shows set to music of the Beatles, Pink Floyd, U2 and more.

  • This 145-seat dome theater provides a totally immersive environment that surrounds viewers with multi-media images and sound.

  • It presents both educational and entertaining programs about earth and astronomy, as well as art, music and history.

  • A permanent NASA gallery is located in the planetarium lobby with interactive capabilities and artifacts from South Carolina astronauts, including Charles Bolden, Charles Duke, Ron McNair and Frank Culbertson.

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

New Shows

Times and titles are subject to change.

National Parks Adventure – NEW!National Parks Adventure, Planetarium, South Carolina, Columbia, Things To Do

Opens Sat., July 21
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Narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford, National Parks Adventure takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation’s awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness. This immersive visual experience takes viewers soaring over red rock canyons, hurtling up craggy mountain peaks and into other-worldly realms found within America’s most legendary outdoor playgrounds, including Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Yosemite, and Arches. Show Run Time: 42 mins.

National Parks Adventure showtimes from Mon., July 9 to Sun., July 22:

Mon. – Fri: no showings
Sat: 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Sun: 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

National Parks Adventure showtimes from Mon., July 23 to Sun., July 29:

Mon: 3:30 p.m.
Tues: 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.*
Wed. and Thurs: 3:30 p.m.
Fri: 12:30 p.m.
Sat: 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Sun: 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

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* Please note: Tickets for Tuesday night shows are available at the admissions desk.


We Are Stars – NEW!Planetarium, Columbia, Attractions, South Carolina, Museum, South Carolina State Museum, Astronomy,

Now Showing
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Go on an epic journey through time and space to explore our explosive origins and discover how we are connected to the cosmos in this family-friendly planetarium show. Watch the history of the universe unfold, from the formation of the very first atoms to the very first stars. See how stars forged the elements that eventually became the building blocks of planets and more. Narrated by Andy Serkis, music by Rhian Sheehan. Show Run Time: 25 mins.

We Are Stars showtimes from Mon., July 9 to Sun., July 22:

Mon. – Fri: 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Sat: 2:30 p.m.
Sun: 1:30 p.m.

We Are Stars showtimes from Mon., July 23 to Sun., July 29:

Mon. – Fri: 1:30 p.m.
Sat: 2:30 p.m.
Sun: 1:30 p.m.

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More Planetarium Fun

Times and titles are subject to change.

Black HolesPlanetarium, Columbia, Attractions, South Carolina, Museum, South Carolina State Museum, Astronomy. Black Holes

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Unimaginably powerful, relentless, and invisible, black holes are some of the most fascinating and extreme objects in the universe. They warp space and time, swallow up stars, and can grow to monstrous sizes. How do they form? Where are they found? What would happen to you if you fell into one? Go on a mind-bending journey that brings you face to face with these strange and enigmatic denizens of the cosmos. Show Run Time: 35 mins.

Black Holes showtimes from Mon., July 9 to Sun., July 22:

Mon: 2:30 p.m.
Tues: 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Wed. – Fri: 2:30 p.m.
Sat: 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Sun: 3:30 p.m.

Black Holes showtimes from Mon., July 23 to Sun., July 29:

Mon. – Thurs: 2:30 p.m.
Fri: 3:30 p.m.
Sat: 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Sun: 3:30 p.m.

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Live Sky TourLIz in the planetarium

Take a tour of the current night sky in this special live presentation that will identify constellations, planets and other celestial objects that grace the skies above Columbia. This spring see Leo the Lion, get a closeup view of a star cluster and see a parade of planets in the early morning sky. Show Run Time: 30 mins.

Live Sky Tour showtimes from Mon., July 9 to Sun., July 22:

Mon: no showings
Tues: 6:00 p.m.*
Wed. – Fri: no showings
Sat: 11:30 a.m.
Sun: no showings

Live Sky Tour showtimes from Mon., July 23 to Sun., July 29:

Mon: no showings
Tues: 6:00 p.m.*
Wed. – Fri: no showings
Sat: 11:30 a.m.
Sun: no showings

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* Please note: Tickets for Tuesday night shows are available at the admissions desk.


 

Earth, Moon and Sunplanetarium

This kid-friendly planetarium show, explores the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. The show discusses why the Sun rises and sets, examines the Moon’s orbit, craters, phases and eclipses and explores past and future space travel to our Moon and beyond. Show Run Time: 25 mins.

Earth, Moon and Sun showtimes from Mon., July 9 to Sun., July 22:

Mon. – Fri: 11:30 a.m.
Sat. – Sun: no showings

Earth, Moon and Sun showtimes from Mon., July 23 to Sun., July 29:

Mon. – Fri: 11:30 a.m.
Sat. – Sun: no showings

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