Cozmix has a wide range of planetarium shows for every audience. From children's and family shows to shows for the more advanced astronomy enthusiast. Here you can find more information about each film. The number of stars next to the show indicates the level of difficulty. Most shows are in Dutch, however, there are a few shows offered in English at specific times during the month. These can be found in the program.View program
"The Little Star That Could" is a story about an average yellow star searching for planets of his own to warm and protect. On his journey, our little star meets other stars, and learns what makes a star special. He discovers that stars occur in groups and form galaxies. Eventually, our little star finds his planets, and each of them introduces itself. This shows that an ordinary star can also be special...
For school visits, an educational package is also available with this show (which includes a workbook and reflection booklet for the students, and a teacher's booklet for supervision).
James, a curious penguin, sets out from the South Pole on a journey around the world. At the North Pole he meets Vladimir the polar bear. Both wonder why the night lasts so long. To solve this mystery, they build an observatory and the space boat "Polaris". They discover many similarities but also differences with planets such as Earth, Mars and Saturn. Come along on a space journey in search of ice, light and a dark starry sky.
We go exploring again with our old friends: Vladimir, the polar bear, and James, the penguin. They travel in their spacecraft Polaris to study the aurora in more detail. However, when they are hit by a meteorite they crash at the foot of an ancient Mayan temple and meet Lucia, a feisty hummingbird who loves rocks. She tells them about the legend of the 'luminous rocks'. Meteors, or shooting stars - the 'luminous stones' - intrigue them all. In search of answers, they set out for the Moon, along the asteroid belt, and finally end up on a comet's nucleus. In doing so, they learn all sorts of new things and facts about the solar system.
The children's show "Perfect Little Planet" tells the story of a family of space aliens, searching for the ideal vacation destination. Together with their space robot, they traverse the universe and visit different planets and moons.
It soon turns out that finding a suitable planet is not easy. For a pleasant vacation it is sometimes too hot, often too cold and some planets you can't even land on at all. Finally, a blue planet looks promising, but is it safe for our aliens?
Celeste receives a visit from the mysterious Moon and his luminous helpers during a sleepless night. The curious girl already knows an extraordinary amount about the solar system but joins Moon in his search for planets around other stars. These exoplanets are very difficult to find and investigate. Yet together they manage to unravel detection methods and spectacular discoveries follow. Here, the "planet hunting" of astrophysicists is presented in an understandable way and at a child's level. While we're at it, we'll also explore exoplanets full of volcanoes, ice worlds and even super-Earths. Will we find a habitable planet, like Earth, around another star?
In the film screening "To Worlds Beyond" we get to know the sun, planets, moons and numerous other objects from the solar system. During this breathtaking performance, we'll take you along the surface of the sun and the sweltering worlds close to our star. After a passage near our home planet, Earth, we move on to the coldest places in the solar system; icy moons and brilliant comets. We explore planets with huge volcanoes, miles deep canyons, gigantic storms or dizzying rings. A great adventure for all those who want to learn more about our beautiful solar system.
In our solar system, there are 8 planets orbiting the Sun. Since the end of the last century, astronomers have also found planets around other stars in our Milky Way Galaxy. These are called exoplanets. This is a very hot topic in current astronomical research. After all, it appeals enormously to the imagination, if only because the question of possible extraterrestrial life soon arises. The show "Undiscovered Worlds" is about the intriguing new research area of exoplanets.
Starting with our own daily observations, we get an overview of the apparent motion of the sun, moon, planets and the starry sky. The observation and study of these phenomena is what we call astronomy. Thanks to a couple of extraordinary scientists and their discoveries, we have experienced a true revolution in astronomy. Since the invention of the telescope, our image of the cosmos has changed tremendously. Amazement and incomprehension made room for new physical laws. Bit by bit our own place in the universe became clear. Recent research, such as the detection of exoplanets en gravitational waves, illustrates how quickly the science of the cosmos is evolving and how interesting astronomy is.
During this impressive fulldome show we relive the birth of our solar system. We start 5 billion years ago, with the shockwave of a supernova that started the birth of the Sun, our star in the Milky Way. We follow the spectacular formation of planets around the Sun with numerous collisions and impacts, that eventually led to the birth of the Earth and its natural companion, the Moon. Afterwards, something peculiar happens. Life forms on the third planet from the Sun. We investigate the ingenious processes that the first lifeforms and we still use to this day.
The question remaining is: Is the Earth a unique spot in the universe, an oasis of life in an inhospitable cosmos? Or is our planet one of many with habitable conditions?
From devastating events in the cosmos, new things can be created. Explosive phenomena are responsible for the way the universe looks today, and not all of these events occur on a large scale.
The evolution of the universe has not spared even the most elementary particles. In this show, we follow the path of one of these particles, a proton, which participates in the most amazing phenomena in nature. It is a story of decay and creation: from supernovae and colliding black holes to super volcanoes and colliding protons. This show takes us to the most extreme conditions in the cosmos!
The shows below are no longer included in the regular programme, but can be shown on request (e.g. for groups).
In this film, you will go on an epic journey to discover how
asteroids present both danger and opportunity. The danger lies in
the possibility of a catastrophic collision with Earth, the opportunity
is the fascinating idea that asteroids could be an intermediate step to
explore other worlds and traverse the solar system. The challenges are
enormous, but such an extreme mission could ultimately lead to us
protecting our planet and inhabiting other planets.
Join us as we explore how astronauts can reach an asteroid and how humanity can benefit from this adventure.
Stars have captured humanity's imagination for centuries. For thousands of years their mysteries have aroused the curiosity of all cultures and civilizations.
A great deal of information can be derived from weak starlight. By unraveling this light we can find out what substances the star is made of. Us humans are made of these same ingredients. In fact, all substances on Earth, including those in our own bodies, were first formed in the interior of a star. We'll find out how a star gets its energy. This is done by nuclear fusion, but this source of energy is also finite. A lot of stars end their life in a spectacular way because of this.
In this show, we look at some unique places on Earth with the eye of an astronaut. We then travel to the Moon and Mars. Even further away, we look for habitats where extraterrestrial life might occur. So far, however, our Earth is the only known safe haven for life. It is therefore of great importance to take care of our fragile Earth.
Our central star has been providing energy to Earth since its creation more than four billion years ago. It thus determines the activity in the atmosphere and is important for all life on Earth. The passage of the Sun's fiery disk in the sky - from day to day, from month to month - was a way of keeping track of time for countless civilizations in the past.
Our Sun is a "yellow dwarf star," but don't let this term fool you: every second our Sun consumes 600 million tons of hydrogen and it contains 500 times more mass than all the planets combined. Experience the unique images of the fierce solar surface and discover the secrets of the most important star in our lives.
In "Black Holes" we take you to a place where time stands still, where the normal world order no longer exists, where the unimaginable becomes reality: the fascinating and extreme world of black holes. How does a black hole form? How can we find black holes? Would we survive if we fell into one? These and many more questions about the most bizarre objects in the universe are addressed in this planetarium show. We follow the story of black holes since they were thought up at the end of the 18th century, to the present day. Black holes are no longer the domain of 'science fiction': at Cozmix's planetarium, we take you on a fascinating journey into space and time!
Deep beneath the ice at the heart of Antarctica one can find IceCube, the largest and strangest detector in the world. IceCube tries to catch neutrinos, mysterious particles coming from the most extreme places in the universe. These ghostly and elusive particles can teach us more about the most spectacular events in the universe, such as exploding stars and supermassive black holes.
A fractal is a geometric figure that is self-similar. That is, one can divide a fractal into pieces that are similar to the original. Often fractals can be generated by repeated application of a particular operation. A lot of objects in nature have fractal properties: from mountains to coastlines, from trees to clouds, from broccoli to snow crystals. A production of Adams State University's Zacheis Planetarium, this show explains what fractals are, how they can be constructed, and where they occur in nature.
This full dome film screening highlights the life and work of the multifaceted Maurits Cornelis Escher. Was he an artist, an astronomer, a mathematician, a traveler?
Under the planetarium dome, we witness how Escher handled mathematics, astronomy, optics, crystallography and geometry to artistically interpret complex concepts from cosmology.