on the Dome
The planetarium show
may either be a "Seasons of the Sky" show (which is a basic contellation
and mythology study), or a combination of a shorter constellation
show and a "Video on the Dome" segment. This is a video of 30 minutes
or less (usually) in length. We have an extensive list of videos,
so I will list some of the more popular ones here. Also remember
that if you only want to list a subject matter, I will try to match
an appropriate program to that subject. If however, you would really
prefer a complete list of programs, one can be mailed to you upon
request. ( * Notice that on all three mornings on which presentations
are offered, a group could schedule both the 9:30 a.m. and 11:00
a.m. timeslots for extended programming, providing, of course, that
no one else has previously scheduled one or both of the slots. For
instance, an hourlong video presentation could be scheduled for
the 9:30 timeslot, and an hour-long live presentation, like Navajo
Sky Legends could be scheduled for the 11:00 timeslot! * )
Some of the most popular
This program gives a humorous look at life on board the Space Shuttle
in the world of weightlessness. 20 minutes. Grade K and up.
Currently our most popular program! This presentation is a fun tutorial
by our own NASA astronauts to elementary school students (or older)
on what space is, how we get there, why things float there, and
how we get back down to Earth when it's all done. Includes helpful
computer and cartoon animations for explaining concepts. 21 minutes.
Grade 2 and up.
Some of you may know some of the Greek mythological stories of the
constellations and other heavenly bodies, but here is a storytelling
show with a more local flavor! Will tell about several of the major
groups of stars and other objects in the sky as seen by some of
the Navajo storytellers. About 50 minutes. Grade K and up.
Constellations of the Zodiac
In this newly-made, live-narrated presentation students will learn
about the 12 zodiacal constellations, their mythologies, and their
significance in astronomy! About 45-60 minutes. Grade K and up.
System Sky Show
This is actually a full sky show, like Navajo Sky Legends and The
Constellations of the Zodiac! Visitors are taken on a tour of the
solar system, planet by planet, using our star projector's digital
zoom, to learn a little about each of our planets! . Grades 2 and
In this exciting new NASA video, we see a depiction of the first
manned mission to Mars - in the year 2018! The story is told by
astronauts of the hypothetical, yet scientifically realistic, mission.
The video also illustrates real technologies being developed to
transport astronauts to, and sustain them on, Mars. 33 minutes.
This program looks at the rocky bodies we call "asteroids," one
or more of which may have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs.
Part of a live broadcast, complete with call-in questions answered
by astronomy experts. About 30 minutes. Grades 5-12.
This video examines the "dirty snowballs" which transform into the
beautiful celestial bodies we can sometimes see from Earth. From
the videotape of a live broadcast taped on March 10, 1999, including
internet questions answered by professionals. About 30 minutes.