The Planets

Audience: 5th Grade-Adult

Total Time: 90 minutes – includes planetarium show and a staff-led live sky tour.

“The Planets” is a tour of our solar system’s eight planetary systems and Trans-Neptunian objects including Pluto. This visually stunning tour of our solar system features recent imagery and video from NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). “The Planets” is narrated by actress Kate Mulgrew, well known as Captain Janeway of the seven-year television series “Star Trek: Voyager.” The tour ends visiting a few planets around other stars and the cosmic forces that bring solar systems into being.

The Schouweiler staff-led group live segment for “The Planets” can be customized with activities to help further explain one or more planet-related subjects and phenomenon such as:

  • Scientific method and what happened to Pluto
  • Additional planet-specific data for a planet or planetary systems
    • Including specific satellites
  • Trans-Neptunian objects and dwarf planets
  • ExoPlanets and methods for discovery
  • Gravity
    • Newton’s Laws
      • 3 Laws of Gravitational Motion
      • Universal Law of Gravitation
  • Planetary Motion
    • Kepler’s 3 Laws of Planetary Motion
  • The 2 Rs: Rotation and Revolution
  • Direct and retrograde planetary motion in Earth’s sky
    • Ecliptic
    • Zodiac (13 constellations)
  • Geocentric universe & heliocentric universe theory
    • History
    • Scientific method
    • Occam’s razor

If your group’s interest is not listed, just ask about customizing your group’s live segment.