CPS Planetarium is currently offering the following programs. Each audio-visual program is followed by a live star tour. Listed after each show is the recommended target audience.
For Families and Younger Audiences …
Night Sky Wonders – This live presentation introduces young children to the wonders of the night sky. With the help of special lighting to ease the transition from daylight to darkness, children then connect the stars to make constellations, take an imaginary rocket ride through the solar system, and study the distant stars, clusters and gas clouds in our galaxy – all in forty five minutes. (Preschool & Kindergarten)
Magic Tree House Space Mission – Based on the Magic Tree House series of books, visitors follow along with Jack and Annie as they use the Magic Tree House to track down answers to a list of questions about outer space. (1st & 2nd grade)
Earth’s Wild Ride– discusses features of our changing planet. Set on the Moon in the year 2087, visitors listen as a grandfather teaches his two lunar-born grandchildren about what it would be like to experience an earthly volcano, rain storm, ice age, and an asteroid impact. (2nd & 3rd grade)
Microcosm – Beginning with a discussion of how big is big and how small is small, visitors are then shrunk down and injected into a human body where they travel through the blood stream in search of an attacking virus. (3rd & 4th grade)
Astronaut – Space exploration is the greatest endeavor humans have undertaken! What does it take to become an astronaut? Learn about the effects of space travel on the human body and experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. (3rd & 4th grade)
Secret of the Cardboard Rocket – Adventure around the solar system in a backyard-built cardboard rocket! Join a group of children as they embark on an adventure guided by their ship’s navigator—a talking astronomy book! (2nd & 3rd grade)
Forces of Nature – This show focuses on ways the surface of our planet can change rapidly and how scientists are working to better understand the forces that cause these changes. Visitors follow along with a volcanologist, a geophysicist, and a team of meteorologists as they study volcanoes, earthquakes, and tornadoes. (4th, 5th, & general audiences)
Chronicles of a Journey to Earth – Starting at the outer fringes of our solar system and moving inward, visitors are treated to a brief tour of the solar system. Once at the Sun, we return to Earth and discuss how the Sun, Moon, and Earth work together to give us the seasons, eclipses and moon phases. (4th, 5th & general audiences)
For Older Audiences…
3000 Years of Stargazing – From Stonehenge and Machu Picchu to the Hubble Space Telescope, visitors retrace the milestones of cosmic discovery in this engaging history of astronomy, with the help of Albert Einstein.
Hubble Vision 2 – From the planets of our solar system to the far reaches of the universe we live in, this show celebrates some of the many discoveries made by the Hubble Space Telescope. (This show was purchased in 2014 with donations collected during public planetarium shows.)
Our Living Climate – Experience a dramatic and different way of looking at Earth’s climate. This show explains what a climate is and how Earth’s has changed over the course of our planet’s lifetime. It also looks at other planets in the solar system and explains why Earth’s climate is so unique.
To Worlds Beyond: A Journey through the Solar System – From the fiery surface of the Sun to the icy realm of comets, this show takes visitors to the exotic worlds of our solar system. From enormous volcanoes, dazzling rings, and storms that would swallow the Earth … the adventure awaits!
Sunstruck & Solar Quest – These two short shows are about our Sun, the closest star to us and the reason there is life on our planet. Learn about what makes this giant ball of hydrogen and helium work and how changes within its core and on its surface can effect life on Earth.
Two Small Pieces of Glass – Learn about the history of the telescope and how astronomers learned about the cosmos with the invention of bigger and better telescopes.
Natural Selection – Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution.
CAPCOM GO! The Apollo Story – NEW to CPS Planetarium – Do you know what it took to put humans on the moon? Follow along during the space race and learn all about NASA’s Apollo program from the mathematicians and computer programmers, to the pilots training to become astronauts.