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Special Planetarium Shows for Groups

For an additional $75, groups coming to the MOST can book special planetarium shows that usually aren't performed for the general public. All our shows are live, utilize our Apollo star projector, and include the identification of constellations.

Most private shows are 20 to 30 minutes long, but can vary depending on the needs of the group. We can also further customize our presentations to reflect the group's interest. Teachers should contact our planetarium educator with any questions or suggestions for topics.

Private planetarium shows must be booked at least two weeks in advance with our group sales coordinator. Groups must include at least 20 people to book a planetarium show. The planetarium holds 50 people, so multiple shows may be necessary for larger groups.

Special Shows:

Dancing Light: Auroras and the Sun (20 minutes)
The Northern Lights are one of the most beautiful and fascinating natural phenomena on our planet. Using a series of visualizations from NASA, this presentation explains what causes them, some of the ways NASA studies the sun, and why studying the sun is so important.
This presentation is recommended for adults and children eight and older.

Extraterrestrial: Life Beyond Earth (30 minutes)
Have you ever wondered if there is life beyond Earth? This program explores what makes Earth a great place for life, and whether or not life can exist other places in our universe. The show uses NASA visualizations to engage your students' curiosity and highlights scientific searches for alien life.
This presentation is recommended for adults and children eight and older.

Harry Potter and the Night Sky (30 minutes)
J.K. Rowling, the author of the famous Harry Potter book series, took inspiration for characters' names from by stars, constellations, and other celestial objects. In this show, we will bring down the lights and find the objects that inspired the world of Harry Potter.
This presentation is recommended to anyone who enjoys the Harry Potter book series.

Hubble-verse: Edwin Hubble and the Hubble Space Telescope (45 minutes)
This presentation examines the life and work of Edwin Hubble as well as the space telescope that bears his name. Edwin Hubble believed that our galaxy wasn't the only one in the universe and set out to prove his theory. His work pushed the size of the universe to extremes hardly imagined and expanded our understanding of its structure. The Hubble Space Telescope has lived up to its name by showing us unprecedented views of our solar system, Milky Way, and galaxies that span almost the entire history of time. This presentation features many of Hubble's breathtaking images and explains why they are important.
This show is recommended for adults and children eight and older.

Mother Earth: What We Can Learn from the Haudenosaunee (30 minutes)
Earth is a balanced collection of changing and interacting systems, but she is also our mother and our home. This presentation uses nature photography and NASA photos and video to examine the natural cycles of Earth and spotlight some changes humans have caused. Much of the show is devoted to the Haudenosaunee, their history, constellation stories, and conservation philosophies and actions. The Haudenosaunee, also known as the Iroquois, and their ancestors have lived in what we now call New York since the end of the last Ice Age. Their long history of successfully living with the land provides a lesson on how to co-exist with Mother Earth.
This presentation is recommended for adults and children eight and older.

Our Solar System (30 minutes)
Take a trip through our solar system and learn what makes each planet special. We'll start with Mercury and travel out to the only object in our solar system that can say it use to be a planet, Pluto. Figure out which planets and constellations we'll be able to see that night.
This presentation is recommended for all ages.

Reach for the Stars: Space Exploration (30 minutes)
This show uses stunning NASA visualizations to engage with your students' curiosity about space science. The first part of the presentation focuses on understanding the solar system. The second part looks at humankind's presence in space, focusing on the International Space Station, Moon landings, the Mars rovers, and Voyager missions.
This presentation is recommended for adults and children eight and older. Reach for the Stars is especially formatted to address New York State sixth grade Earth Science exam topics.

Santa's Sky: The View from the North Pole (20 minutes)
Did you ever wonder what the sky looks like from Santa's workshop? How did Santa navigate at night before the invention of GPS? This presentation uses our Apollo star projector to give us a view of the night sky from the North Pole. We will talk about the Big and Little Dippers and how to use the North Star to find your way at night.
This presentation is recommended for anyone who believes in Santa.

The Biggest Bear (20 minutes)
Kick back, relax, and enjoy the story of "The Biggest Bear," by Adam Ralf. We'll read through the book and later see the story come to life. See the biggest bear in the night sky and how he travels across the night sky and throughout the year.
This show is recommended for younger children two to five years of age.

The Changing Universe (30 minutes)
How does the night sky change over time? Have you ever wondered what the night sky would look like if you could time travel? Go back to the time when dinosaurs ruled the earth, or during the Ice Age and see what Neanderthals saw in the night sky. If we travel into the future, what will the night sky look like? Then return to our era and view the constellations we'll see that night.
This show is recommended for adults and children 13 and older.






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