Have you ever wanted to see brown bears in the wild?  Or watch the aurora dance overhead?  Join us for a journey to Alaska!

Dr. Travis Rector, an astrophysics professor at the University of Alaska Planetarium and Visualization Theater (and a CU alumni) generously provided "River of Bears" and "Above Alaska," two films about his new home in the last great frontier.

"River of Bears” takes you to the legendary McNeil River Alaska State Game Sanctuary. During the summertime it hosts the largest congregation of brown bears in the world. Bears come from hundreds of miles to the sanctuary to mate, raise cubs, and dine on the abundant sedge grass and salmon. On a typical day in July, over fifty bears can be seen at the McNeil River falls, feasting on salmon desperately swimming upstream to spawn. The show tells the remarkable story of these bears as they prepare for the coming harsh Alaska winter, and the visitors and scientists who come every summer to see them.

"Above Alaska" takes you to the remote forests and mountains of the Great Land to experience a night under the northern lights. Shot in vivid high-resolution 4k fulldome format, the show features some of the best aurora displays from the last two years as filmed from different locations throughout the state. You'll see and experience the aurora the same way as Alaskans do, but without the frostbite! 

Run time: 1 hour + plenty of time to ask questions

Age recommendation: 9+ (If you're 9 to 99 years of age you'll enjoy this show!)

This is one of our regular shows. Regular ticket prices apply. Groupons can be used too!

Fulldome icon RunTime icon Age 9 Recommendation