Space Dome Planetarium Live Presentations
Presenter-led presentations in the Space Dome Planetarium make the stars come alive. For Educators, see our Visit Planner for information about curriculum alignment.
Buzzy the Bee and stellar friends take pre-K through 3rd grade students on an interactive journey from Earth out into space. Fun personalities will introduce students to daytime and nighttime objects in the sky and relative distances between the Earth, Moon and Sun.
How the Universe Works
Understand how the mechanics of the Sun, Moon, Earth and our Solar System produce the changes we feel and see on Earth, from phases of the Moon and cycling seasons to the proper motion of celestial objects. This presentation shows you how the Universe changes within different time periods, beginning with what we experience in just one day to the changes we would observe if we could live for millions of years.
Eye on the Sky
Hubble Space Telescope has expanded our understanding of the universe and increased our wonderment at its size and elegance. This live program will introduce you to the instrument itself and wow you with some of the most magnificent Hubble images. Go deeper and learn what these images reveal about the size and structure of some of the most unusual objects in the cosmos.
Tour the current season's sky. The brightest stars become landmarks as you navigate the night sky with a live presenter as a guide. Become familiar with constellations, discover hidden mysteries of our universe that exist beyond the visible and get an update on current events in the sky.
Pre-K thru 3rd grade students travel on an interactive voyage through the solar system and beyond to discover differences and similarities among the planets, view the phases of the moon, and compare and contrast other celestial objects.
Is there water on Mars? This question has been asked for years by scientists. The possibility of water leads to the possibility of life. Students embark on a journey to explore the Red Planet. Students are shown how pictures taken by Martian rovers and orbiters point to evidence of past water on Mars. Students will also compare and contrast geological features on Mars with similar features on Earth.
Technology in Space
The phrase "structure determines function" takes on a new perspective as key components found on space observatories and satellites are viewed. Students are introduced to several NASA missions and discover how advancements in technology are used to aid NASA's "mechanical eyes."