Cernan Earth and Space Center
The Little Star That Could
Grade Level: Preschool through 2nd gradeLength: 34 minutes
The Little Star That Could is a multimedia program that follows the adventure of a character named Little Star, who travels the galaxy in search of his own planets. In his travels, he meets many different kinds of stars, learns about double stars and star clusters and makes an amazing discovery about himself.
In the beginning of this show, Little Star – like all stars – is born from a cloud of dust and gas. He soon realizes that he is an average star surrounded by much larger and brighter stars. Armed with little more knowledge than this, Little Star sets out on a quest to explore space. Shortly after his journey begins, he encounters Old Star, who suggests that Little Star "get himself some planets and find a name for himself." Old Star sends Little Star on a trip to meet other stars – a big, red star named Big Daddy that's nearing the end of its life, a large, white super-giant star named Pearl that is about to go supernova, an angry Blue-White Star, and Goldie and Sapphire, a lovely pair of double stars.
In his journey through space, Little Star also discovers a shimmering globe of stars called a globular cluster, and hears the immense voice of the Milky Way Galaxy. It is the Milky Way Galaxy that tells Little Star that he does in fact have nine very small planets. Little Star squints and strains his eyes and finally sees the nine small planets that are orbiting around him.
Little Star asks his nine planets to identify themselves. One by one, he hears from the nine planets – Mercury, Venus, Pluto, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Jupiter, Mars, and finally Earth. Little Star then asks his planets to name themselves again, this time in their order from the sun. He learns a clever way to remember their distance – "My Video Eye May Just Show Us Nine Planets." Finally, the planets tell Little Star that his name is Sol and that they are his solar system. A brief question-and-answer period follows the presentation.
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