Programs

Survey of the Sky

is a tour of the night sky for the time of your visit. Students will learn to find objects in the current sky, and learn about the Earth’s rotation and revolution in space. The program is highly recommended for “first-time” visits to the planetarium.
Grades 4 - 7
Program Length: 55 minutes Live or Taped.

Empire of the Sun

This program takes students on a unique tour of the Solar System, from the sun’s family of planets to comets, meteors and asteroids. The program features a history of the mythological gods and goddesses behind the names of the planets as well as what is known about each planet today from space probe missions. Empire of the Sun is a captivating sky program that enables students to explore the wonders of the Solar System.
Grades 4 - 7
Program Length: 55 minutes Live or Taped.

Man in the Moon

An overview of the history, mythology, and scientific information of the moon, our nearest neighbor in space. Among the topics covered: The Apollo Space Program; What causes the phases of the moon?; Does the Moon rotate?; and What is a lunar eclipse?
Grades 3 - 7
Program Length: 55 minutes Live or Taped

Biography of a Star

This program traces the lives of stars from stellar birth to death. Students will learn about Red Giants and white dwarfs, neutron stars, mysterious black holes and supernovae.
Grades 7 - 12
Program Length: 45 minutes, taped.

Cosmic Yardsticks

The program teaches students about the basic measurements used in astronomy: astronomical unit, light year, and parsec. Starting with measurements on Earth, the program explains how astronomers are able to determine the distances of celestial objects and measure the size of the universe.
Grades 6 - 8
Program length: 55 minutes

An Island Among Islands

Many mysteries about our Milky Way Galaxy and its place in the universe still challenge astronomers. This program presents students with an insider’s view of Galaxy in which we live – the blended light of distant stars. The presentation explores the observational evidence for the Milky Way’s shape, size and structure, and why it is considered to be an island among countless other galaxies in the universe.
Grades 6 - 12 and college
Program length: 50 minutes taped

Are We Alone in the Universe?

This program is based on an award-winning documentary on the search for life in the universe. It is highly recommended for science classes and special groups.
Grades 9 - 12, College Groups, and the Public
Program length: 45 minutes taped.

Imperio del Sol

The Spanish version of Empire of the Sun, funded by the Paterson Education Fund, is a special program that takes students and adults on a tour of the Solar System starting from ancient Inca and Mayan astronomy.
Available: October, 2010
Grades 4 - 8