Cosmic Collisions

A radical change from our peaceful night sky, Cosmic Collisions presents the spectacular result of gravity pulling together planets, stars, and galaxies.

Here are explosive encounters that ended the age of the dinosaurs and gave birth to new stars, but also created conditions essential for life on earth—the Sun's warmth, ocean waves.

Cosmic Collisions provides an extraordinary view of these forces—constructive or catastrophic—that continue to affect our universe.



“A journey I was sorry to end.” —The New York Times

“As entertaining as Cosmic Collisions is… it’s the science that went into it that is most impressive.” —Time Out New York


Cosmic Collisions was developed by the American Museum of Natural History, New York ( in collaboration with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science; GOTO Inc., Tokyo, Japan; and the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, China.

Cosmic Collisions was developed by the American Museum of Natural History with the major support and partnership of National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Science Mission Directorate, Heliophysics Division.

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Full Dome



Robert Redford



23 minutes; can be ticketed on the half hour


Available Languages:

English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish


Preshow & Prelude:

For display on monitors in gathering area prior to entering planetarium:

- 11-minute astronomical info loop

- 2.5-minute introduction to Cosmic Collisions


Technical Information:

Can be customized for presentation on most digital planetarium systems

The brochure cover for the planetarium show ‘Cosmic Collisions’ features a dramatic scene of colliding meteors in front of the planet Mars.

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