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Planetarium: Information for School Groups

School groups are always welcome at any of the planetarium's regularly scheduled shows, but the planetarium is also pleased to offer special shows for groups of at least 15 by request.  Generally the theater is available at 10 a.m. every day or by request between other shows for any offering seen here.  

For questions about availability, please fill out the Schoolgroup Reservation Form or contact Amanda Hauer at (505) 841-2872

About our Shows

Every planetarium show comes with a live component!  Enchanted Skies is our full-length live show, but all of the movies below also have a short, 15-20 minute live presentation included before they start. 

Any request for content and educational needs or goals made at the time of registration will be integrated into shows when possible.

Available Planetarium Shows

2nd Grade and Up
2nd Grade and Up
4th Grade and Up
4th Grade and Up
5th Grade and Up
All Ages
All Ages
All Ages
Elementary School and Up
Middle School and Up

Fractals

The Fractal Foundation is now offering their spectacular, award-winning full-dome planetarium shows for school groups. This 50-minute show takes viewers on a tour of the fractals in nature and zooms through infinitely complex mathematical fractals. Featuring original music, the show is both educational and highly entertaining. To schedule a fractal show for your group and learn about pricing, contact emma@fractalfoundation.org or 505-615-4590.

Suitable for:
2nd Grade and Up

First Friday Fractals

First Friday of Each Month at 6, 7, 8 & 9 p.m.

Explore the never-ending world of fractals in this award-winning and inspiring planetarium program. The shows take audiences on a journey through the infinitely complex patterns known as fractals. This live, narrated show explores the fractal patterns in nature as well showing how math can become incredibly beautiful. The abstract landscapes that emerge from simple equations inspire fascination and wonder as they bring us face to face with the infinite.

Shows frequently sell out.  Purchase tickets in advance from the Fractal Foundation

Suitable for:
2nd Grade and Up

Dawn of the Space Age

 

From the first satellite, Sputnik, all the way to human missions and robotic explorations, this exciting program allows you to witness key moments in the history of space flight.

Suitable for:
4th Grade and Up

Black Holes

 

The immensity and power of black holes inspire wonder and curiosity. As we consider these stellar enigmas, the very nature of space time is warped as we approach. The mass of a large star has collapsed and compressed into an area so small that space and time have no meaning within its bounds.

Our journey also visits super-massive black holes of unfathomable size at the central point of galaxies. These hidden monsters constrain their entire galaxies around them in a kaleidoscopic gravitational dance.

Voyage through the galaxies in search of the answers to explain these riddles of nature in Black Holes!  Narrated by John de Lancie.

Suitable for:
4th Grade and Up

Back to the Moon: For Good

Back To The Moon For Good is an exciting, educational fulldome show narrated by award-winning actor Tim Allen. The 25-minute digital film highlights the history of exploring the moon and provides an insider’s look at the teams vying for the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the largest incentivized prize in history.

The show opens in the 1960s and 70s with the landers and orbiters that taught us the moon’s origin, composition, structure and the accessibility of raw materials on its surface. The Apollo missions which brought humans to the lunar surface are relived. Then the program looks to the future with the Google Lunar XPRIZE, which is designed to create new opportunities for eventual human and robotic presence on the moon. We see the engineering and innovation steps taken by the internationally distributed teams competing to land a spacecraft. The audience is taken through a successful launch, landing and lunar surface travel. The show ends with a stunning glimpse of a plausible scenario for our future.

The movie is preceeded by a brief (15-20 minute) live presentation about the night sky.

Suitable for:
5th Grade and Up

Incoming!

 

Narrated by George Takei, our award-winning planetarium show explores asteroids, comets, and the hard-hitting stories of our cosmic origins.

Embark on a journey back in time and across the Solar System, following the paths of asteroids and comets that have collided with Earth—and those that roam far from home. These ancient objects travel billions of years before reaching Earth, and their impact can be so powerful that just one collision can change the course of life on our planet.

Scientists aren't waiting for asteroids and comets to come to us to learn more about them—get an up-close look at spacecraft sent to rocky asteroids and icy comets to collect invaluable data. You’ll follow the trek of the Chelyabinsk meteor as it entered the Earth's atmosphere in 2013 and visualize major shifts in the history of the Solar System billions of years in the making—and all in under an hour.

Suitable for:
All Ages

Earth, Moon & Sun

Coyote Has A Razor-Sharp Wit... 
But He’s A Little Confused About What He Sees in The Sky. 
Join this amusing character (adapted from American Indian oral traditions) in a fast-paced and fun fulldome show that explores lunar phases, eclipses and other puzzles. Engaging and immersive, Earth, Moon & Sun also examines how humans learn through space exploration.

 

Suitable for:
All Ages

The Little Star that Could

This popular and well-loved story owned and created by The Saint Louis Science Center over 20 years ago has been updated with accurate astronomical information. Have no fear; the story basically remains the same with all of your favorite stars! For those of you who are not familiar with the show, “The Little Star That Could” is a story about Little Star, an average yellow star in search for planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars combine to form star clusters and galaxies. Eventually, Little Star finds his planets. Each planet is introduced to your audiences with basic information about our Solar System.

Suitable for:
All Ages

Perfect Little Planet

Join a family of space aliens as they tour our solar system in search of the ideal vacation destination.  Along the way, learn interesting facts about all of the planets and even some moons.

Suitable for:
All Ages

Black Holes

The immensity and power of black holes inspire wonder and curiosity. As we consider these stellar enigmas, the very nature of space time is warped as we approach. The mass of a large star has collapsed and compressed into an area so small that space and time have no meaning within its bounds. Our journey also visits super-massive black holes of unfathomable size at the central point of galaxies. These hidden monsters constrain their entire galaxies around them in a kaleidoscopic gravitational dance.

Voyage through the galaxies in search of the answers to explain these riddles of nature in Black Holes!  Narrated by John de Lancie.

Suitable for:
All Ages

Enchanted Skies

This live, interactive tour of the heavens above New Mexico changes constantly and highlights the planets, constellations, deep sky objects and special astronomical events coming soon to a sky near you.

The content of this show can be customized to meet the needs of the audience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suitable for:
All Ages

Earth, Moon, and Sun

This show explores the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors.

His confusion about the universe makes viewers think about how the Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system. Native American stories are used throughout the show to help distinguish between myths and science.

Suitable for:
Elementary School and Up

Two Small Pieces of Glass

The telescope has revolutionized our understanding of the universe and our place in it.  Learn about how they work and the amazing discoveries that still come from our observatories.

Suitable for:
Middle School and Up
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