Group Planetarium Shows

The following library of shows is for scheduled group visits to the Planetarium. Please review the shows carefully then call our reservationist at (717) 772-6997 to book your group. Planetarium shows align with National Common Core Standards. For a listing of standards per show, if required, please request through our reservationist.

Assisted Listening Devices are available upon request when booking your group. Just ask Reservations.




Tonight's Sky Poster
Pre-show Tonight's Sky

2nd Grade & Up
15 minutes + show selection

Add this live discussion to your selected show. Take a look at what is visible in this evening’s sky including: planets, constellations, moon phase, basic motion of the sky, and any special celestial event.

Additional $1.00 fee per guest plus standard planetarium fees.


Don't Duck, Look Up!

Pre-K & Kindergarten
18 minutes

Designed for young viewers, this traditional show is a fun and friendly exploration of the sky including the motions of the sun, stars, and Earth, daytime and nighttime, and the constellations. Join Dudley the duck on his first day outside the barn.

Educator’s Guide: Don’t Duck, Look Up! PDF Document


Legends of the Night Sky: Orion

Pre-K to Grade 1
25 minutes

For our younger viewers, this fully animated cartoon, narrated by Aesop the owl and Socrates the mouse, takes a light-hearted look at the myths and stories associated with the winter constellation Orion, the great hunter and his companions in the night sky.

Trailer: Orion
Educator’s Guide: Orion PDF Document

Closed Captioning is available for this presentation. Just ask Reservations when you book your group.


Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda
Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda

Pre-K to Grade 2
20 minutes

Perseus and Andromeda is a fun-filled retelling of the age-old tale of the beautiful, but unfortunate, Princess Andromeda, who in divine punishment for her mother’s bragging, is sacrificed to a sea monster and rescued by the Greek hero Perseus.

Trailer: Perseus and Andromeda

Closed Captioning is available for this presentation. Just ask Reservations when you book your group.


Dark Star Adventure

Pre-K to Grade 1
28 minutes

This animated adventure lets us join a mischievous girl who is bored by science as she takes an unforgettable voyage of discovery. Along the way you will witness the power of a supernova, explore the heart of a gaseous nebula, visit an exotic pulsar, and learn about black holes. All to help find her way back to her home planet.

Trailer: Dark Star Adventure
Educator’s Guide: Dark Star Adventure PDF Document


Earth, Moon & Sun
Earth, Moon & Sun

Grades 1 – 5
26 minutes

Coyote has razor-sharp wit, but he’s confused about what he’s seeing in the sky. In his quest for answers, Coyote will help audiences discover the truth behind common astronomical misconceptions. This delightful,  humorous production tackles many of the most baffling concepts associated with the Earth-Moon-Sun system including: eclipses, lunar phases, the seasonal changing of constellations, and the physical nature of the Sun and the Moon.

Trailer: Earth, Moon & Sun
Educator’s Guide: Earth, Moon & Sun PDF Document

Closed Captioning is available for this presentation. Just ask Reservations when you book your group.


Star Stories of the Native Americans

Grade 2 and up
25 minutes

This traditional show explores the night sky legends of the Native Americans. Discover how these tales helped to develop an understanding of the night sky and its importance to the Native American people. Take an up close view of the modern astronomy behind the legends including the cardinal directions, circumpolar motion, Pleiades, and the seasons.

Closed Captioning is available for this presentation. Just ask Reservations when you book your group.

 


Astronaut

Grade 3 and up
25 minutes

The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor that humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to part of this incredible journey? What does it take to become an astronaut? Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space. Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject our test astronaut to everything that space has to throw at him.
Narrated by Ewan McGregor

Trailer: Astronaut

Closed Captioning is available for this presentation. Just ask Reservations when you book your group.

 


Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope

Grade 3 and up
25 minutes

Two teenage students learn how the telescope has helped us understand our place in space and how telescopes continue to expand our understanding of the universe. They learn about the history of the telescope, see how telescopes work and how the largest observatories in the world explore the mysteries of the universe.

Trailer: Two Small Pieces of Glass
Educator’s Guide: Two Small Pieces of Glass PDF Document

Closed Captioning is available for this presentation. Just ask Reservations when you book your group.


Losing the Dark and The Sky Tonight

Grade 4 and up
22 minutes (Video: 7 min + Live presentation: 15min)

We are losing the night sky at the speed of light. Take a closer look at how light pollution is destroying out view of the night sky and the things we can do to keep the stars visible. This brief introduction is followed by a live presentation of The Sky Tonight taking a look at the current constellations, planets, and moon phase with a brief discussion on how to find your way around the sky.

Trailer: Losing the Dark

Closed Captioning is available for the video portion of this presentation. Just ask Reservations when you book your group.


NASA's Journey to Mars

Grade 4 and up
25 minutes

Take a brief look at the observational history of Mars and mankind’s fascination with the red planet. Then join NASA’s fleet of Mars robotic explorers as they pave the way for human exploration of the solar system in the coming decades. Join NASA in preparing for a monumental journey of a lifetime…to Mars!

Trailer: NASA’s Journey to Mars
Educator’s Guide: NASA’s Journey to Mar PDF Document

Closed Captioning is available for this presentation. Just ask Reservations when you book your group.


Back to the Moon for Good
Back to the Moon for Good

Grade 4 and up
25 minutes
(Available until March 31, 2018)

Immerse yourself in a race to return to the Moon 40 years after the historic Apollo landings. Learn about the Moon’s resources and discover what humanity’s future on the Moon might hold. Back to the Moon for Good presents the Google Lunar Xprize, and the personal stories of competition and collaboration it inspires.

Narrated by Tim Allen

Trailer: Back to the Moon for Good
Educator’s Guide: Google Lunar Xprize PDF Document


Constellations

Grade 4 and up
25 minutes

What are constellations? How were they created? These are just two of the questions covered about these images in the night sky. Learn about what a constellation really is, who is responsible for creating them, and see what images we find around the globe. Explore each season and find out the basic constellations you can find in the Pennsylvania night sky.

Closed Captioning is available for this presentation. Just ask Reservations when you book your group.

 


STARS

Grade 4 and up
26 minutes

Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the Universe. Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of stars.
Narrated by Mark Hamill

Trailer: STARS
Educator’s Guide: STARS PDF Document

Closed Captioning is available for this presentation. Just ask Reservations when you book your group.


Passport to the Universe

Grade 4 and up
20 minutes

This exhilarating flight through a precise, virtual re-creation of our universe is an astounding visual adventure through space. Travel through our Solar System, out of our galaxy, and deep into intergalactic space to answer the question, “Where are we in the universe?”
Narrated by Academy Award winner Tom Hanks

Trailer: Passport to the Universe
Educator’s Guide: Passport to the Universe PDF Document

Closed Captioning is available for this presentation. Just ask Reservations when you book your group.


We Are Stars

Grade 4 and up
26 minutes

What are we made of?
Where did it all come from?
Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry, and our explosive origins. Connect the evolution of life on Earth to the formation of the Universe by following the building of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon, and the molecules for life.
Narrated by Andy Serkis

Trailer: We Are Stars

Closed Captioning is available for this presentation. Just ask Reservations when you book your group.


We Are Astronomers

Grade 4 and up
25 minutes

We Are Astronomers reveals the global collaboration, technology and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe. Learn about the upcoming James Webb Telescope Mission, and explore the electromagnetic spectrum. Take a flight through the Large Hadron Collider in Cern, Switzerland.
Narrated by David Tennent

Trailer: We Are Astronomers

Closed Captioning is available for this presentation. Just ask Reservations when you book your group.


We Are Aliens!
We Are Aliens

Grade 4 and up
25 minutes

Are we alone in the Universe? Are there other worlds like ours? These are just a few of the questions challenging astronomers. Gain an understanding of what types of habitable environments support life. Explore the latest research on Mars and take a closer look at how scientists are discovering extrasolar planets and determining if they are habitable. We may truly be part of a galactic community, and to them, we are the aliens.
Narrated by Rupert Grint

Trailer: We Are Aliens

Closed Captioning is available for this presentation. Just ask Reservations when you book your group.


Oasis in Space

Grade 4 and up
24 minutes

Is Earth the only water world in our Solar System? Take an exciting space flight through our Solar System in search of water and water worlds like Earth. This trip to the planets includes the latest scientific theory on the formation of the solar system and planets as well as the most recent astronomical research and exploration, including data from robot explorers.

Trailer: Oasis in Space
Educator’s Guide: Oasis in Space PDF Document

Closed Captioning is available for this presentation. Just ask Reservations when you book your group.


Dynamic Earth

Grade 4 and up
24 minutes

Explore the inner workings of Earth’s climate system. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere.
Narrated by Liam Neeson

Trailer: Dynamic Earth
Educator’s Guide: Dynamic Earth PDF Document

Closed Captioning is available for this presentation. Just ask Reservations when you book your group.


Compass, Calendar, and Clock

Grade 6 and up
32 minutes

As our ancients learned, the sky is not just a thing of beauty, but also our window for the position of our planet. Understanding how our planet is aligned with the distant stars allows anyone to use the sky as a compass, a calendar and a clock. This traditional show asks the questions . . . How can you use the Moon tell time? How does the Sun help us find directions? See how mankind has used the sky to tell time, track yearly cycles, and find direction. Come learn how to use the sky yourself!

Closed Captioning is available for this presentation. Just ask Reservations when you book your group.


Solar Superstorms
Solar Superstorms

Grade 6 and up
24 minutes

A fury is building on the surface of the sun, high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave that reaches 100,000 kilometers high, and rising loops of electrified gas. What’s driving these strange phenomena? How will they affect planet Earth? Find the answers as we venture into the seething interior of our star.
Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch

Trailer: Solar Superstorms
Educator’s Guide: Solar Superstorms PDF Document

Closed Captioning is available for this presentation. Just ask Reservations when you book your group.

 


From Earth to the Universe

Grade 6 and up
30 minutes

This stunning voyage through time and space conveys, through an arresting combination of sights and sounds, the Universe revealed to us by science. The night sky has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos.

Trailer: From Earth to the Universe

Closed Captioning is available for this presentation. Just ask Reservations when you book your group.

 


BIG

Grade 6 and up
25 minutes

Experience how big the universe really is! Take an imaginary journey across the solar system, through the Eagle Nebula, out of our galaxy and well beyond into the blackness of space. Explore the concepts of a light year and the vast distances of intergalactic space.
Narrated by Sir Richard Attenborough

Trailer: BIG
Educator’s Guide: BIG PDF Document

Closed Captioning is available for this presentation. Just ask Reservations when you book your group.


Black Holes: The Other Side Of Infinity

Grade 6 and up
24 minutes

Black Holes uses the latest discoveries and observations to help us view the formation of the early universe, star birth and death, the collision of giant galaxies, and a simulated lighting to the super massive black hole at the center of our own Milky Way Galaxy.
Narrated by Liam Neeson

Trailer: Black Holes the Other Side of Infinity
Educator’s Guide: NASA PDF Document
Educator’s Guide: DMNS PDF Document

Closed Captioning is available for this presentation. Just ask Reservations when you book your group.

 


Fractal Explorations

Grade 9 and up
32 minutes

Fractal Explorations explores what fractals are, how they are made, where they can be found in nature, and what they have to do with infinity. Filled with original fractal images and sequences, it is a feast for the eyes as well as a workout for the brain.
Produced by Adams State University

Trailer: Fractal Explorations


Shining Light on the Stars: The Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram

9th Grade & Up
16 minutes 

This program thoroughly covers the H-R Diagram. From the history of its creation to the practical use it has for astronomers today. It begins with an in-depth look at the brightest stars we see from Earth, and then it takes the viewer on a fly-through of the exact locations of the closest stars to the Sun – using the HR diagram along the way.
Produced by The Ritter Planetarium at The University of Toledo

Closed Captioning is available for this presentation. Just ask Reservations when you book your group.

 


Season of Light

All Ages (Available in December Only)
40 minutes

This traditionally styled holiday show takes a look at astronomy and holiday traditions. Explore the reasons humans are so fascinated with lighting up our lives during the December holiday season. Although it is the coldest and darkest of seasons, this time of year also holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year.


Group Planetarium Shows