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Journey To The Stars

A spectacular Space Show, Journey to the Stars, narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg, premiered on Saturday, July 4, 2009, in the Hayden Planetarium at the Frederick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space.

Featuring extraordinary images from telescopes on the ground and in space and stunning, never-before-seen visualizations of physics-based simulations, the dazzling Journey to the Stars launches visitors through space and time to experience the life and death of the stars in our night sky, including our own nurturing Sun. Tour familiar stellar formations, explore new celestial mysteries, and discover the fascinating, unfolding story that connects us all to the stars. Those who come along for the journey may never see the night sky in the same way again.

Journey to the Stars is an engrossing, immersive theater experience created by the Museum’s astrophysicists, scientific visualization, and media production experts with the cooperation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and more than 40 leading scientists from the United States and abroad.

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Our Journey to the Stars spans billions of years, beginning on Earth and extending beyond our galaxy and into the future before returning home.
More than 13 billion years ago there was only an invisible substance called dark matter, along with hydrogen and helium gas. The stars that formed quickly exploded in supernovas, blasting out new elements, the raw materials for building new stars and planets.



The Making Of Journey To The Stars

The production team for Journey to the Stars includes science visualizers, digital artists, producers, engineers, sound designers, educators and more.



About The Narrator

In 2002, Whoopi Goldberg became one of a very elite group of artists who have won the Grammy (“Whoopi Goldberg,” 1985), the Academy Award (“Ghost,” 1991), the Golden Globe (“The Color Purple,” 1985 and “Ghost,” 1991), the Emmy (as host of AMC’s “Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel,” 2002) and a Tony (Producer of “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” 2002).




“Journey is easily the most beautiful planetarium show I have ever seen…” 
- The New York Times 
“More than just the narration, it is the visuals that will blow you away.” 
- National Geographic Adventure Blog


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Journey to the Stars was developed by the American Museum of Natural History, New York in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco; GOTO INC, Tokyo, Japan; Papalote Museo del Niño, Mexico City, Mexico and Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C. 

Journey to the Stars was created by the American Museum of Natural History, with the major support and partnership of NASA, Science Mission Directorate, Heliophysics Division. 

Made possible through the generous sponsorship of Lockheed Martin.

And proudly sponsored by Accenture.

Supercomputing resources provided by the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin,
through the TeraGrid, a project of the National Science Foundation.

StorNext File System donated by Quantum.

Journey To The Stars

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