This live presentation shows the stars of the night sky (and those we would see during the day if the sun didn’t wash them out!) The digital projection system zooms into a close-up of a star, and the students see that it is another planet, or even another galaxy!
Students see the stars more clearly than ever before. The Western constellations are shown, along with a discussion of their mythology. The constellations of Eastern and American Indian cultures are also introduced.
Students can see how the constellations might look from Asia, or the North Pole.
Two programs are available, 30 minutes, or 60 minutes, Grades 4 - 7
Set on the surface of the Moon in the year 2081, the program opens with a family gazing out into space. As they watch the Moon's shadow move across Earth, the grandfather tells about crashing asteroids, erupting volcanoes, roaring dinosaurs, electrifying lightning, and booming thunder.
While learning about eclipses, the ice age, Earth's water cycle, and differences between Earth and Moon, the audience is taken on a roller-coaster-like ride through exciting canyons of raging rivers and hot flowing lava.
20 minutes, Grades 2-7
Scientists are more optimistic than ever before about finding life beyond Earth.
Biologists have found life on Earth in places they never expected, from hot springs to Arctic ice. Scientists have dramatically expanded the criteria for a life-bearing world and increased the confidence of finding other planets suitable for life.
Animators have created realistic fantasy worlds based on these new requirements for life. What might life be like on other planets? How would it be different from Earth? 21 minutes, Grades 3-8
After nearly seven years in transit, the two-story tall Cassini-Huygens spacecraft began orbiting Saturn on July 1, 2004, exploring Saturn and its moons, while the probe Huygens landed on the surface of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon.
This program features actual video take by the probe.
Ring World is narrated by Star Trek’s John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox on Enterprise) and was produced by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 22 minutes, Grades 2-7
This program honors the Apollo astronauts who first landed on the Moon on July 20, 1969, and the children of today that may return to the Moon by 2020.
Working with NASA’s Johnson Space Center, the Rice University Planetarium staff has created a realistic voyage to the Moon narrated by Walter Cronkite.
Watch the violent collision that created our Moon billions of years ago, join Apollo astronauts as they explore the lunar surface, and hop on board a translunar craft for a journey to your Moon base of tomorrow.
22 minutes, Grades 2 - 8