These shows are all short but can be a very good way to begin a discussion or lesson on a particular topic. Contact us if you need more information about any of them.
Fixing the Hubble Space Telescope
8 Minutes; Grade 6-8
Fixing the Hubble Space Telescope is an educational module designed for use in the planetarium for both the general public and for school groups in grades 5-12. The module consists of this handbook and a fulldome video explaining the original problem with Hubble’s optics and the engineering of the fix. The video is narrated, in part, by Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman, one of the astronauts who performed a series of space walks to fix the telescope in 1993.
A Pluto Tribute
4 Minutes; Grade 5
A Pluto Tribute is a 3.5 minute pre-rendered overview of the New Horizon's mission to Pluto. It includes some fun Pluto facts and some of the social fallout of it's demotion from planetary status.
Journey to the Centre of the Milky Way
6 Minutes; Grade 8
Journey to the Centre of the Milky Way is the first short fulldome planetarium show produced in-house by ESO. Embark on this journey and travel faster than light, from the driest place on Earth, the Atacama Desert in Chile right to the centre of our own galaxy, where a black hole is consuming anything that strays into its path. 84 million stars will appear in front of your eyes, each hiding mysteries waiting to be solved. Are there planets around them, perhaps with moons? Do they have water? Could they harbour life?
Losing the Dark
6 Minutes; Grade 3-adult
Losing the Dark is a "public service announcement" planetarium show, a collaboration of Loch Ness Productions and the International Dark-Sky Association. It introduces and illustrates some of the issues regarding light pollution, and suggests three simple actions people can take to help mitigate it.
NASA: Future of Space Exploration
11 Minutes; Grade 6-8
NASA is entering an extraordinary new era. Today NASA looks forward to writing the next chapter of human space flight with its commercial and International partners: advancing research and technology on the International Space Station, opening low Earth orbit to US industry, and pushing the frontiers of deep space even farther. Please join us for the next exciting chapter of NASA's journey.
NASA: International Space Station
11 Minutes; Grade 6-8
In 1998, assembly began in space on a satellite that would be second in size and radiance only to the Moon… NASA’s International Space Station. Completed in the 21st Century, the International Space Station’s role in the development of your future as well as that of the United States space program is enormous. Many things learned in space are already benefiting life right here on Earth. Ultimately this satellite will be the springboard enabling nations around the world to prepare to take the next giant leap past our Moon and into the Solar System. Today NASA and the International Space Station invite you to join us for the first opportunity in history to participate in the academic challenges and commercial opportunities available as NASA travels beyond Earth to understand and explore the Solar System.
NASA: Journey to Mars
10 Minutes; Grade 5
Mars is a rich destination for scientific discovery and robotic and human exploration as we expand our presence into the solar system. Its formation and evolution are comparable to Earth, helping us learn more about our own planet’s history and future. Mars had conditions suitable for life in its past. Future exploration could uncover evidence of life, answering one of the fundamental mysteries of the cosmos: Does life exist beyond Earth?
4 Minutes; Grade 5
Introduces daily motion. Very short but a good way to introduce a day on earth, moon cycle, moon phases and an earth year. This is a good start to review for the 5th grade MCA test.
Sizing up Space
14 Minutes; Grade 6
Introduces the vast distances in space. This short show begins with a demonstration of the speed of light. Then it relates it to the size of the Milky Way and beyond.