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Planetarium Shows

Planetarium Shows

The Springfield Science Museum is home to the Seymour Planetarium, the oldest operating planetarium in the United States. The star ball can project more than 7,000 stars which vary in brightness and twinkle realistically.

Please note that multiple schools are scheduled in the planetarium (seats a total of 90 people). Advance reservations with an accurate number of participants are required. Students and teachers get preferred seating; additional adults may be asked to stand or tour the museum during the show.

 

The Magic Sky
Grades K-2

Join Jesse in a dream adventure sparked by a bedtime story about the night sky. Through story and song, children explore the concept of day and night and discover that the sun is really a star.

Our Cosmic Neighborhood
Grades 3 & 4

Through dramatic images and effects, participants explore the solar system. Concepts include the nature of the sun, moon and planets; the Earth’s rotation and revolution; and a look at the other members of our solar system, including moons and comets.

More than Meets the Eye
Grades 5 & up

Does space really look like the pictures we see? This program explains the different ways that we can view the night sky. The program illustrates what we can see with our unaided eye, what we can expect to see through a telescope from Earth, and how celestial objects appear to the robotic eyes of unmanned spacecraft.

The Night Sky
Grades 3 & up

What is that you’re seeing in the sky at night? With the planetarium stars as the backdrop, find out how to locate and identify celestial objects, planets, and constellations as the seasons change.

Oceans in Space
Grades 5 & up

Fasten your seat belts as you embark on an incredible journey through time and space. Investigate theories about the creation of Earth, explore evidence that life on our planet began in the depths of the oceans, and speculate about life in the farthest reaches of the universe.

Stars Around the Campfire
Grades 2 & up

Look back in time at how early people interpreted the night sky. You’ll hear ancient myths and intriguing legends about the constellations, the Moon, falling stars, comets, the Milky Way, and the Northern Lights.

Mystery of the Disappearing Dinosaurs
Grades 3 & up
Dinosaurs ruled the world for nearly 200 million years and then, in the geological blink of an eye, they were gone forever. Travel far out into space, deep inside the earth and back in time as we try to unravel the mystery of the disappearing dinosaurs.

For more information or to book a show, call 413.263.6800, ext. 322, or email schooltours@springfieldmuseums.org.

 

 

Grade Level: All
Capacity: 90
Length: 1 hour
MA Curriculum Connection: yes
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