August 18, 2022

Discovery Place Science Announces New Planetarium Programming at the Accenture IMAX Dome Theatre

Featuring Digistar, the world’s leading digital planetarium system, programming kicks off with livestream of Artemis I Moon Rocket Launch

Discovery Place Science will give audiences a front-row seat to experience a rocket launch like never before when NASA’s Artemis I blasts off from the Kennedy Space Centre on Monday, August 29. This will be the first planetarium event taking place in the Accenture IMAX Dome Theatre, ushering in a new era of deep space exploration and humans’ return to the Moon.

“We’re thrilled to introduce our new planetarium programming with this once-in-a-lifetime event,” said Heather Norton, Discovery Place Chief Science Officer. “The audience will witness the launch of NASA’s Artemis I Mission on our 7-story dome screen with 12,000 watts of heart-pounding sound—the next-best thing to being there in person.”

Following the Artemis I launch, Discovery Place Science will offer additional planetarium programming later this fall that showcases even further depths of the universe using Digistar 7—the world’s most advanced planetarium. “Digistar 7 delivers an immersive, otherworldly experience that we’re excited to bring to the Accenture IMAX Dome Theatre.” said Catherine Wilson Horne, Discovery Place President & CEO. “These new planetarium experiences also give Discovery Place Science an opportunity to reintroduce adult programming that is so beloved by our community.”

While the Artemis I launch event is intended for all ages, additional planetarium programming will focus on adult audiences and welcome them to the heart of Uptown Charlotte to engage with science in a new way. Details, including schedules and ticketing, will be announced at a later date. Visit for the most up-to-date information on what’s showing at the Accenture IMAX Dome Theatre.

Artemis I Livestream Event Details

Monday, August 29*

Doors to the Accenture IMAX Dome Theatre open at 7:45 a.m. Livestream coverage begins at approximately 8 a.m. with Artemis I launch scheduled for 8:33 a.m. EST.

Tickets: $10 each with limited availability. All ages welcome. Additional details and ticketing information on the Discovery Place Science website here.

*Dates subject to change based on NASA’s Artemis I launch operations. Backup launch dates are Friday, September 2 and Monday, September 5.

About Discovery Place Science

Discovery Place Science is the leading hub for science learning in the Carolinas—dedicated to the exchange of ideas, scientific exploration and creative expression to stimulate innovative problem-solving and learning. The Museum brings relevant, contemporary science to life through groundbreaking exhibitions, interactive educational programming and hands-on activities. Located in Uptown Charlotte at 301 N. Tryon Street, convenient parking is available in the Museum’s parking deck—the Carol Grotnes Belk Complex—at the corner of Sixth and Church streets. For more information about Discovery Place Science, call 704-372-6261, visit, or connect with Discovery Place Science on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.