Explore the INTUITIVE Planetarium: A Guide to Huntsville’s Unique Space Adventure

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If you know me, you know that my kid started college at the age of 9 and had a HUGE thing for all things space. We have telescopes, visit planetariums, and so much more. That is why I was beyond tickled to be able to check out this first-class facility while in town.

The INTUITIVE® Planetarium is a revolutionary way to experience and explore the wonders of space, all without leaving the comfort of Earth. Located inside the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, this one-of-a-kind attraction offers visitors an immersive experience unlike any other in the country. 

Explore the INTUITIVE Planetarium: A Guide to Huntsville's Unique Space Adventure

Through the use of advanced projection technology, the INTUITIVE® Planetarium allows visitors to virtually travel through the galaxy under a seamless domed screen. This 250-seat theater is designed to help guests connect with the cosmos and learn about the universe in a whole new way. 

When I was attending the Southern Travelers Explore conference and got to play in beautiful Huntsville, Alabama we were treated to this place. On our first night, we had our opening event at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, hosted by the Huntsville – Madison County CVB.

After refreshments and a little time to socialize with other conference attendees, we were gathered in the planetarium and treated to a demonstration of what they could do and then they ran the Nebula with violin music. I wish I could describe it better for you here – it was amazing. They showed different, incredibly beautiful nebulas with a violin song playing that was designed for them.

I had had a long day of travel and had mild medication for my flights – I found it beautiful, relaxing, and something I would have enjoyed for a few hours straight.

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What is the INTUITIVE® Planetarium? 

The planetarium opened its doors in February 2019 and has become a beloved attraction for tourists and locals alike. This state-of-the-art facility was built in collaboration with INTUITIVE Research and Technology Corporation, which aspired to create an educational hub for the community that would inspire generations of space enthusiasts. 

Before being transformed into the INTUITIVE® Planetarium, the building spent three decades as an illustrious IMAX theater that showcased many award-winning documentaries, including some about NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. It was a popular destination for school field trips and group events. 

The IMAX has been replaced by INTUITIVE®’s incredible technology that allows visitors to explore space in a completely new way. The planetarium is the first in the world to use the Evans & Sutherland ESX cinema system, which features a stunning 8k projection system and crystal clear 4K RGB lasers. The sound 

This means that every show will dazzle with precise clarity and stunning realism, immersing guests in the beauty and mystery of space. It is an unforgettable interstellar journey unlike any seen before 

Inside the planetarium
Our show was just about to start

What is there to do at the INTUITIVE® Planetarium?

INTUITIVE® Planetarium offers a variety of programming designed to entertain and educate. From feature films to interactive tours through the cosmos, there is something for guests of all ages to enjoy. 

INTUITIVE® Planetarium Shows 

Different shows play throughout the year, which means guests can enjoy something new every time they visit. They also have captivating daily shows that include: 

Our Place in Space 

Get a front-row seat to the entire observable universe in this unique tour through the stars. This show features a live tour guide and real, up-to-date images of space that explore the deepest corners of the galaxy. 

Sounds of Space 

Sounds of Space is an audio/visual experience that takes guests on a journey of sound. Cutting-edge technology turns raw data into ambient sounds that allow observers to “listen” to the sounds of space. Ever wondered what Jupiter sounds like? This show has the answer. 

Space Explorers: ISS Experience 

Space Explorers: ISS Experience gives viewers an intimate look into the lives of eight astronauts living and working aboard the International Space Station. Filmed over two years, this four-part series is the largest production ever filmed in space and offers a look into what it’s like to be on a mission to space. 

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Yes, we were a special event – it is one of my favorite things about travel conferences

INTUITIVE® Planetarium Special Events 

In addition to its daily shows, the planetarium also hosts live events throughout the month that are designed to entertain and delight. 

Cosmos & Cocktails 

I think this one is my favorite! Every Friday night, Cosmos & Cocktails invites anyone over 21 to enjoy a show and drink on the rocks…space rocks, that is. Sip on one of their signature space-themed cocktails while learning about the universe in a fun and relaxed setting. Each week explores a new and exciting topic, from astrological constellations to asteroids and meteors. Come out for a unique date night or a fun evening with friends. 

cosmos and cocktails
OK – not only does this seem like a great idea, but the drink seems tasty!

Tickets cost $17 and drinks must be purchased separately. Doors open at 6:15 pm and the presentation begins at 7 pm. 

Astronomy for All 

Astronomy for All is a live, interactive show that gives guests the opportunity to get up-close and personal with space. Grab the kids and discover all the secrets of the universe with hands-on activities and guidance from the staff. Every event focuses on a different topic and happens once a quarter, on Saturday mornings. 

Tickets cost $14 for adults, $12 for children 5 and up, and $11 for members. Doors open for activities at 9 AM and the show begin at 9:45 AM. 

Concessions 

No intergalactic show is complete without a delicious snack to go with it. The planetarium concession stand is located just outside the theater and offers popcorn, drinks, and candy. They also have frozen drinks, pretzels, and adult beverages for anyone over 21 with a valid ID (Mars-A-Rita, anyone?). 

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When is INTUITIVE® Planetarium open? 

The INTUITIVE® Planetarium shares the same hours as the Space and Rocket Center, which is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM. The planetarium stays open later for special events like Cosmos & Cocktails. 

How much does Intuitive Planetarium cost?

Admission to INTUITIVE® Planetarium costs $12 for adults and $10 for children over 5. 

Note: Tickets to the planetarium are not included with general admission to the Space and Rocket Center and must be purchased separately. 

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center admission is $30 for adults/seniors and $20 for children ages 5-12. Kids 4 and under are free for all attractions.

Members of the Rocket Center get a generous 10% discount on food and merchandise, free entry into the museum, and can enjoy the planetarium for just $9. 

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online. 

How to get to INTUITIVE® Planetarium 

INTUITIVE® Planetarium is located inside the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. 

The Space and Rocket Center is easily accessible from I-565. There is free parking and the center is handicapped accessible. 

For guests looking to stay the weekend or have easy access to Huntsville, the center has an on-site RV park. It is pet-friendly, offers full hookups, and has bathrooms with showers. Reservations can be made online. 

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There are simply too many things to see and process all in just one visit

Visit the INTUITIVE® Planetarium for an unforgettable experience 

If you’re visiting Rocket City, The INTUITIVE® Planetarium is an attraction that shouldn’t be missed. With its state-of-the-art technology and interactive programming, it’s an incredible place to learn about the marvels of space and witness the pixel-perfect display of the cosmos. 

And, with its convenient location inside the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, it’s easy to add to your itinerary. So, whether you’re a space enthusiast or just looking for a fun activity, be sure to check out the INTUITIVE® Planetarium in Huntsville, Alabama.

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