Special Planetarium Shows for Groups
For an additional $75, groups coming to the MOST can book private planetarium shows that are usually not 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 20-30 minutes long, but can sometimes vary depending on the needs of the group and the day's schedule. Depending on availability of specialized staff we can perform one of our special shows or further customize our normal presentations to reflect the group's interests.
Private planetarium shows must be booked at least two weeks in advance with our group sales coordinator. Teachers are encouraged to contact our planetarium educator with any questions or ideas.
Our Place in the Universe: An Earth Science Regents Review
Mother Earth: What We Can Learn from the Haudenosaunee
Hubble-verse: Edwin Hubble and the Hubble Space Telescope
Dancing Light: Auroras and the Sun
Santa’s Sky: The View from the North Pole
Reach for the Stars: Science Exploration
Extraterrestrial: Life Beyond Earth
Our Place in the Universe: An Earth Science Regents Review (back to top)
Experiencing the simulated movement of the celestial sphere, learning to find ones latitude using Polaris, and seeing slides that give context to the Earth’s place in the universe are all part of a presentation that aims at making astronomy accessible to students. This planetarium show is designed primarily to help High School Earth Science students better understand concepts in the NYS Regents Exam, but is also great for Middle School classes. This show features the free downloadable planetarium program Stellarium.
Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. You can download the free software at stellarium.org. Also, download our Earth Science Stellarium Tips and the Stellarium Walk-Through for First Time Users.
Twenty minute shows feature: our place in the universe (Earth, solar system, galaxy, universe), diurnal motion, Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, meridian, latitude, the North Star, and star paths.
Longer shows may additionally include: phases of the Moon, the ecliptic and celestial equator, lunar and solar eclipses, and seasonal sun paths.
Mother Earth: What We Can Learn from the Haudenosaunee (45 minutes) (back to top)
Earth is a balanced collection of ever changing and interacting systems, but she is also our mother and our home. This presentation uses nature photography, as well as NASA imagery and video to examine the natural cycles of Earth and some of the changes we cause. Special attention is shown to the Arctic, the Aral Sea, and Central New York. 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 is used as a lesson on how to live with Mother Earth. This presentation is recommended for adults and children eight and older.
Hubble-verse: Edwin Hubble and the Hubble Space Telescope (45 minutes) (back to top)
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 not only pushed the size of the universe to extremes hardly imagined, but he expanded our understanding of the structure of the universe and the designs of galaxies. The Hubble Space Telescope has lived up to its name by being the greatest space telescope to date. The Hubble has shown 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.
Dancing Light: Auroras and the Sun (30 minutes) (back to top)
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 how they work. Also explained are some of the ways in which NASA studies the sun and why studying the sun is so important. This presentation is recommended for adults and children eight and older.
Santa’s Sky: The View from the North Pole (20 minutes) (back to top)
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.
Reach for the Stars: Space Exploration (30 minutes) (back to top)
Reach for the Stars 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 the 6th grade Earth Science Regents topics.
Extraterrestrial: Life Beyond Earth (30 minutes) (back to top)
Have you ever wondered if there was 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. Extraterrestrial: Life Beyond Earth 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.