The Sky Science Show is comprised of both live and pre-recorded segments. This modular design allows it to have various durations, so that it may accommodate your schedule and your budget. The presentation length ranges from 50 to 90 minutes. The 90-minute presentation can be divided up into two parts, with a short break in between the sessions.
Sky Science: The Movie (approximately 14 minutes)
Sky Science: The Movie is a pre-recorded segment that covers pretty much the entire Sky Science Unit, albeit rather quickly. Some teachers like to use it as a review, just prior to the Unit Test, while others like to have their students see it near the beginning of the unit, as a sort of kick-off activity.
Clockwork Skies (approximately 5 minutes)
ONLY AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
Clockwork Skies is a pre-recorded segment. This short full-dome movie will allow your students to see the Sun, Moon, and stars rising in the east and setting in the west. Both rotation and revolution are introduced and your students will learn about the Phases of the Moon. They will also learn that different planets have different periods of revolution around the Sun.
The Sky Tonight (approximately 5 to 10 minutes)
The Sky Tonight is a live segment and as the name suggests, it's all about what the sky will look like tonight. Your students will learn about interesting things to look for in the night sky. They will also learn exactly when and where they should be looking in order to be successful with their observations. With a bit of luck, your students will come back to school the next day and tell you that they spotted a particular planet, constellation, or bright star.
Sky Science Live (approximately 20 to 45 minutes)
Sky Science Live is, as the name suggests, a live segment and it's somewhat interactive. Using a special version of Stellarium, an immersive environment is created within the planetarium and your students will be able to explore any Sky Science concept in more depth. They will get to see a sky full of stars and then watch those stars transform into mythological constellation figures. They will hear a mythological story about the stars, from long ago, and also witness the motion of celestial objects across the sky, from east to west. In addition, they will see the circumpolar motion of the northern stars, including the stars of the Big Dipper and Little Dipper. Sometimes special celestial events, such as lunar and solar eclipses are simulated, and occasionally the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) appear overhead. If time permits, a short journey through the Solar System will also occur, which is pretty awesome!
Sizing Up Space (approximately 13 minutes)
ONLY AVAILABLE DURING PRESENTATIONS EXCEEDING 60 MINUTES OR UPON REQUEST
Sizing Up Space is a pre-recorded segment. This short full-dome movie introduces the concept of a light-year. This is then used to explore the vast distances within the universe. Your students will tour the Solar System and then head out to explore Proxima Centauri, the Orion Nebula, and the Ring Nebula. Eventually they will leave the Milky Way and head off towards the Andromeda Galaxy and beyond.
Iron Meteorite (approximately 5 minutes)
CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE DUE TO COVID-19
This authentic 5.5 kg (12-pound) Iron Meteorite is an impressive specimen. In fact, it's a museum-quality specimen! At a museum, it would normally be on display under glass and almost certainly it would be hands-off, but that's no fun! That's why this Iron Meteorite is a hands-on meteorite and your students will have an opportunity to hold it, but they have to use two hands! We don't want them to drop it on their toes. Ouch! This meteorite landed in Argentina 4500 years ago and is known as a Campo del Cielo Meteorite.
The Sky Science Crate
COMING SEPTEMBER 2022
In the past, the Sky Science program included some hands-on time with an amazing, museum-quality, iron meteorite. This was certainly a great experience, but it cut into the planetarium time and so the meteorite will soon be moving to the Sky Science Crate.
Your students will be able to check out the meteorite, and other great things, in your classroom and under your supervision. This will take place on the same day that the AstroDome comes to visit your school. Please ask for more details if you're interested in the Sky Science Crate.
COMING SEPTEMBER 2022: The Sky Science Crate