Cernan Earth and Space Center
Our Place in Space
Grade Level: Preschool through 2nd gradeLength: 33 minutes
Our Place In Space is a multimedia program that combines stars, panoramic scenes, pictures and a variety of planetarium special effects to tell the delightful story of discovery and friendship between five animal characters -- a macaw named Scarlett, a snake named Sheeba, an Indian elephant named Indy, a crocodile named Crusty and a polar bear named Paula. With help from her fellow animals, Scarlet Macaw completes a crossword puzzle during the course of the show that draws its answers from the daytime and nighttime skies. The crossword puzzle clues and answers are as follows:
In addition to providing these specific crossword puzzle answers, Our Place In Space also introduces the audience to the composition, size and distance of our sun, explores why nighttime stars seem so small compared to the sun, demonstrates how the rotation of our Earth causes day and night, shows how to connect stars to form imaginary pictures in the sky, briefly explores each of the nine planets of the solar system and visits a beautiful gaseous nebula and galaxy in space. A brief question-and-answer period follows the presentation.
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