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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.

Showing This Week

Showtimes are listed on this page for the current month. Times and titles are subject to change. CLICK HERE For a full schedule of shows through the end of the current month.

The Star of BethlehemStar of Bethlehem, planetarium, things to do, columbia sc
Showing through Jan. 5, 2018

Take a journey into the past as this full-dome planetarium experience takes you to the ancient cities of Jerusalem and Bethlehem to investigate the story of the “Christmas Star.” The show uses historical and scientific facts to unravel this 2,000-year old mystery through an immersive audiovisual display featuring popular Christmas carols. Show Run Time: 25 mins.

The Star of Bethlehem showtimes through Sun., Nov. 19:

Mon.- Fri: 2:30 p.m.
Sat: 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Sun: 1:30 p.m.

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Laser Holidays
Showing through Jan. 5, 2018

This is an exciting and unique way to celebrate the season through a display of colorful and dramatic laser lights choreographed to a mix of holiday music favorites, including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Deck the Halls,” “White Christmas” and more. Show Run Time: 30 mins.

Laser Holidays showtimes through Sun., Nov. 19:

Mon.- Fri: 3:30 p.m.
Sat: 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Sun: 3:30 p.m.

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Trans Siberian Orchestra laser SHow, Holidays, Christmas, Columbia, Things to do

Trans Siberian Orchestra Christmas Laser
Showing Tuesday nights in November and December

In this brand new sound and light entertainment show, laser lights will dance across the planetarium’s starry sky as guests are immersed in the music of Trans-Siberian Orchestra including favorites like Christmas Eve Sarajevo, Christmas Canon, and Wizards in Winter.Show Run Time: 40 mins.

Trans Siberian Orchestra Christmas Laser showtimes through Sun., Nov. 19:

Tues. night only: 7 p.m.

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Please note: Laser shows contain bright, flashing lights that may cause discomfort to those with light sensitivity or other pre-existing conditions.


Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventuredinosaurs, planetarium

This exciting new planetarium experience takes audiences on a remarkable journey into the relatively unexplored world of the “other dinosaurs,” those reptiles that lived beneath the water. Follow a family of Dolichorhynchops, also known informally as “Dollies,” as they traverse ancient waters populated with saber-toothed fish, prehistoric sharks and giant squid. Sea Monsters is narrated by Tony Award-winning actor Liev Schreiber and features an original score by Richard Evans, David Rhodes and Peter Gabriel. Show Run Time: 40 mins.

Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure showtimes through Sun., Nov. 19:

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

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Live Sky TourLIz in the planetarium

Take a tour of the current night sky with planetarium staff in this special presentation that will identify constellations, planets and other celestial objects that grace the skies above Columbia. Guests will learn how the sky changes over the course of the night, see the Milky Way arch overhead, and journey through space to get a closeup look at Saturn and Jupiter.Show Run Time: 30 mins.

Live Sky Tour showtimes through Sun., Nov. 19:

Mon: no showings
Tues: 6:00 p.m.
Wed. – Fri: no showings
Sat: 11:30 a.m.
Sun: 2:30 p.m.

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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 showtimes through Sun., Nov. 19:

Mon.- Fri: 1:30 p.m.
Sat: 2:30 p.m.
Sun: 12:30 p.m.

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