- If P-H-M schools are closed or P-H-M evening activities are canceled, the DVT/Planetarium is also closed and the shows for that day will also be canceled. If a show is canceled due to a P-H-M closure, all pre-paid tickets will be refunded. Otherwise, tickets are non-refundable.
The Digital Video Theater (DVT) & Planetarium is an outstanding educational resource to P-H-M schools and the greater St. Joseph County community, supporting learning across the curriculum and at all grade levels.
When the DVT is open to the public, it is open during the P-H-M School year. It provides “digital” lessons projected in the state-of-the-art dome to P-H-M students and teachers, as well as hundreds of students and educators from neighboring districts who also visit for scheduled field trips.
Additionally, the facility hosts nearly 50 informative and entertaining public shows each year, with topics ranging from Astronomy to Rock & Roll. These shows are offered at a nominal cost and are also open to members of the general public.
The DVT/Planetarium also includes an air and space museum that contains artifacts donated by astronauts and some which are on loan from the Johnson Space Center and the Smithsonian. Some artifacts have actually traveled to space and been on or come from the Moon! So plan on arriving for your show a bit early to take time to look around.
As part of P-H-M’s celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing on July 20, 2019, we asked former DVT & Planetarium Director Art Klinger to share his thoughts on the importance of space exploration. Click here to watch the video ...
P-H-M Teachers visit dvt.phmschools.org for more details on:
- The list of shows available or recommended for classroom visits
- How P-H-M teachers should schedule their classroom visits
- Frequently asked questions about visiting the DVT/Planetarium
- Links to recommended astronomy and “sky events” websites
Public Show Schedule
March 23, 2022 – May 11, 2022
- All shows approximately 45-50 minutes
- Regular show ticket price: $5 Adults, $3 Senior Citizens/Students/Children
- Laser Music Shows: All Tickets $5 (Except Holiday Laser)
- All events are posted on Facebook under PHM DVT & Planetarium
Click Here for the September through March 2021-22 show archives
P-H-M Fulldome Shows 2022
Fulldome shows are documentary-style films that utilize the entire Dome Screen to create an immersive experience for the viewer.
SEVEN WONDERS OF THE UNIVERSE & SPRING NIGHT SKY
Wednesday, March 23, 6:30 pm
Turn back the pages of time and witness the ancient wonders of the world as they appeared thousands of years ago. Explore the great pyramid, stand in the shadow of the towering Colossus and experience the rest of the world's Seven Wonders. We will investigate the theories of how these wonders were created, and get a glimpse of some of the universe's greatest wonders.
Also, come join us for a live presentation and brief overview of the current night sky, which includes constellations, stars, the Milky Way, and the planets. Come see what you can look forward to in the sky this spring!
CELL! CELL! CELL! & MOLECULARIUM
Wednesday, March 30, 6:30 pm
Cell, Cell, Cell is the story of the trillions of cells that form our bodies, from our beginnings as a single cell to the complexity of a whole body: it’s the story of who we are. Audience members will join characters Raj and Sooki to dive into the busy world of cells, watching ‘alien trees’ and wriggling ‘slugs’ fly past on a giant 360o fulldome screen.
Molecularium is a cartoon animated show for younger audiences that makes learning molecular science fun. The creators have integrated advanced scientific simulations into an immersive cartoon with kid-friendly characters to introduce young people to the world of atoms and molecules. The Molecularium project is part of the educational and outreach program of RPI’s National Science Foundation funded Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for Directed Assembly of Nanostructures.
Wednesday, April 13, 6:30 pm
SpacePark 360 is a show that takes audiences on wild immersive rides through the Solar System while recreating the experience of amusement park thrill rides—roller coasters, pendulums, inverters and more. From the tops of Jupiter's clouds to the icy depths of Neptune’s moon Triton, each location serves to heighten the thrilling experience.
SECRET LIVES OF THE STARS & SUNSTRUCK
Wednesday, April 20, 6:30 pm
Secret Lives of the Stars shows us not all stars are created equal. Some are massive. Others are tiny; almost insignificant. The specific characteristics of a star will determine what type of life it will lead, how long it might live and even the type of death it will die. We will witness the amazing variety of stars and peer into their secret lives. Narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart of TV's Star Trek: The Next Generation and the X-Men films.
In Sunstruck, discover the wonders of our sun. Its incredible energy has supported life on earth for millennia, but is now threatening our technology and way of life. Travel to the distant future to discover our sun’s connection to the universe’s cosmic cycle of life and death.
WONDERS OF THE UNIVERSE & POWERS OF 10
Wednesday, April 27, 6:30 pm
Wonders of the Universe allows you to peer deep into space through the eyes of the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope and travel back billions of years in time to witness the birth of the universe. On this breathtaking excursion you'll witness the formation of galaxies and explore some of the most wondrous nebulae and astronomical structures yet discovered.
As your travels continue, you'll fly deep into our own Milky Way galaxy and return home to Earth on a spectacular tour through the solar system. Powers of 10 will give you a sense of the size of our Solar System, Galaxy and Universe.
COSMIC ADVENTURE & LEGENDS OF THE NIGHT SKY: ANDROMEDA AND PERSEUS
Wednesday, May 4, 6:30 pm
In Cosmic Adventure, go on an all-ages roller coaster ride from the moon through the universe, our galaxy and our solar system. This high speed adventure will immerse you in some of the most amazing sites in the universe. It will be a ride you will want to take again and again.
Perseus and Andromeda is a fun-filled retelling of the tale of the beautiful but unfortunate princess Andromeda, who in divine punishment for her mother’s bragging, is sacrificed to a sea monster - and rescued by the Greek hero Perseus. Perseus and Andromeda engage the audience with a wonderful story filled with humorous and exciting characters. Kids and adults alike will want to learn more about astronomy once they’ve seen Perseus and Andromeda!
SUMMER NIGHT SKY
Wednesday, May 11, 6:30 pm
The summer brings us warm nights perfect for relaxing under the stars! So come join us for a live presentation and overview of what you’ll find in the summer night sky, including constellations, bright stars, colors of stars, the Milky Way, planet locations, meteor showers and more!
P-H-M DVT Laser Shows 2022
Our Laser Shows offer are professional-quality music shows. Our laser creates intricate patterns and characters on our Dome Screen enhanced by a (water-vapor) haze machine.
The Winter Laser Show schedule has concluded, thank you to everyone who came out!
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Prices for MOST shows are as follows:
- Adult – $5.00
- Senior Citizens – $3.00
- Child – $3.00
- Students – $3.00
Tickets go on sale 7-8 days prior to the show. CLICK HERE to confirm prices for your show & to purchase tickets
Location & Contact Information
The DVT & Planetarium is located inside Bittersweet Elementary School (directly east of the Educational Services Center)
55860 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545
- Melinda O’Malley, is the director of P-H-M’s Planetarium and Digital Video Theater.
- Phone: (574) 258-9569
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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