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This program is offered Thursdays at 10:30 am throughout the school year from September 2017 to May 2018.

Become a virtual space traveler and chart your course to the edge of the solar system!

See the show in Spanish or Cantonese!

If your students would benefit from a program taught in another language we encourage you to select one of the following dates:

  • Cantonese only interactive presentation: January 18, 2018 at 10:30am.
  • Spanish only interactive presentation: January 25, 2018 at 10:30am.
  • All other dates will have programs taught in English.
Program Objectives

By the end of the planetarium show students will be able to:

  1. recognize objects and patterns in the night sky and how their positions change over time.
  2. describe some of the predictable patterns and cycles in the motions of outer space.
  3. understand ways scientists use models to understand the universe around us.
About the Show

The state-of-the-art Morrison Planetarium uses the latest scientific data and visualization techniques to chart your course to the edge of the solar system. This show is exclusively for student groups, and is presented live by Planetarium staff.

During this show your students will become virtual space explorers in this planetarium. Students will explore what causes the predictable motions in the sky as observed from Earth. Then, they will jet off to other objects in our solar system and try to apply their new understanding of Earth's cycles in order to discover some surprising patterns other planets have. The presentation will often touch on the following topics:

  • predictable patterns and motions on Earth, including:
    • moon (and Earth) phases
    • yearly cycles of constellations at viewed from Earth
    • planet tilt
  • close-up views of some of our solar system's planets
    • the scientific variation in "days" and "year" motions
    • atmospheric models
  • View of a planetary system around another star
Next Generation Science Standards

This show supports the following dimensions of the NGSS.

Disciplinary Core Ideas

  • ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System (Grade 5): The orbits of Earth around the sun and of the moon around Earth, together with the rotation of Earth about an axis between its North and South poles, cause observable patterns. These include day and night; daily changes in the length and direction of shadows; and different positions of the sun, moon, and stars at different times of the day, month, and year. (5-ESS1-2)

Crosscutting Concepts

  • Patterns (Grades 3 -5):Similarities and differences in patterns can be used to sort, classify, communicate and analyze simple rates of change for natural phenomena. They identify patterns related to time, including simple rates of change and cycles, and to use these patterns to make predictions.
  • Scale, Proportion, and Quantity (Grades 3-5):Natural objects exist from the very small to the immensely large.

Science and Engineering Practices

  • Modeling (grades 3 - 5): Identify limitations of models. Use models to describe and/or predict phenomena.
California Science Content Standards

Grade 3: Earth Sciences

  • 4a. Students know the patterns of stars stay the same, although they appear to move across the sky nightly, and different stars can be seen in different seasons.
  • 4d. Students know that Earth is one of several planets that orbit the Sun and the Moon orbits Earth.
  • 4e. Students know the position of the Sun in the sky changes during the course of the day and from season to season.

Grade 5: Earth Sciences

  • 5a. Students know the Sun, an average star, is the central and largest body in the solar system and is composed primarily of hydrogen and helium.
  • 5b. Students know the solar system includes the planet Earth, the Moon, the Sun, eight other planets and their satellites, and smaller objects, such as asteroids, and comets.
Grades: 3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Program Duration: 40 minutes
Capacity: 270
Price: Free
Time Slots: 10:30 am