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. (pre-school and 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 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 grade & general audiences)
Astronaut – Learn about the effects of space travel on the human body. (3rd grade health & general audiences)
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 grade health)
Secret of the Cardboard Rocket – A cardboard rocket takes visitors on a tour of the solar system. (3rd & 4th 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 seismologist and a meteorologist as they study volcanoes, earthquakes, and tornadoes. (4th grade & 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. (5th grade and up)
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.
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.)
NASA’s International Space Station & Journey to Mars – Take a tour of the International Space Station then learn about the rockets and hardware NASA is developing to take humans to Mars by the 2030s. (Two 11-minute 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 – NEW to CPS Planetarium – 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!
Stars of Jade – By observing and recording supernovae, eclipses, planets, and other astronomical events, early Chinese astronomers were much more aware of the strange universe we live in than their European counterparts. Learn about these differences and about the astronomical events they observed in this “classic” planetarium show.
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.
What’s Out There – (middle school and up) – this live show discusses distances in outer space and how astronomers study objects that are so far away. The show starts on Earth then works outward to the Moon, our solar system and beyond.
Two Small Pieces of Glass – History of the telescope.
Natural Selection – Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution.
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Melanie Knocke is the director of the CPS Planetarium. She is a physicist with a specialty in Astronomy and in juggling, which is a kind of physics and astronomy. Schedule Melanie to speak to your group about the CPS Planetarium and recent and upcoming cosmic events. Also available to speak about the planetarium is Zona Sharp-Burk, who does NOT juggle, but can dance.