Feature Shows

Approximate Length: 60 minutes

Back to the Moon for Good

Back to the Moon for Good
Age Level: Grades 6 to 8
Area of Study: Earth and Space Sciences

Explore what we know about the Moon and meet some of the teams competing to land a robotic spacecraft on its surface to win the Google Lunar Xprize.

Narrated by Tim Allen

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Education Guide - Back to the Moon for Good

This downloadable educator guide is provided by the Sudekum Planetarium at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Over the next few months, the staff of the Cernan Center will begin updating and customizing these resources for Illinois residents. If you should find faulty internet links or have suggestions, please address your comments to cernan@triton.edu.

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Cosmic Colors: An Adventure Along the Spectrum

Cosmic Colors
Age Level: Grades 4 & Up
Area of Study: Earth and Space Sciences

Discover why the sky is blue, Mars is red and why things appear the colors they do. Then step into the invisible universe to investigate the electromagnetic energy all around us from the infrared light of a roaring fire to the x-rays emitted by a black hole.

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Teacher's Guide - Comic Colors

This downloadable teachers’ guide for is provided by the Great Plains Planetarium Association. Over the next few months, the staff of the Cernan Center will begin updating and customizing these resources for Illinois residents. If you should find faulty internet links or have suggestions, please address your comments to cernan@triton.edu.

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Dawn of the Space Age

Dawn of the Space Age
Age Level: Grades 4 & Up
Area of Study: Earth and Space Sciences, Physical Science, Social Studies

From Sputnik to the Space Shuttle and beyond, join the excitement of exploring the final frontier as we prepare for closer international cooperation and the dawn of commercial spaceflight.

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Dinosaurs at Dusk: The Origins of Flight

Dinosaurs at Dusk
Age Level: Grades 4 & Up
Area of Study: Earth Science and Life Cycles

Dinosaurs at Dusk is a whirlwind adventure back in time to explore the Earth when it was teeming with Pterosaurs and other feathered dinosaurs, the ancestors of modern-day birds.

Join Lucy and her father as they fly through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous eras, soaring above cliffs and canyons; all the while chasing, and sometimes running away from, a wide variety of dinosaurs.

Dinosaurs at Dusk is suitable for flight fans and dinosaur devotees of all ages, meaning children are welcome to attend.

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Forces of Nature

Forces of Nature
Age Level: Grades 5 & Up *
Area of Study: Earth and Space Sciences

Experience the intensity of erupting volcanoes, devastating earthquakes and powerful storms as scientists try to understand and predict these dangerous natural events.

This program may be too intense foe some viewers.

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Education Guide - Forces of Nature

This downloadable educator guide is provided by the Sudekum Planetarium at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Over the next few months, the staff of the Cernan Center will begin updating and customizing these resources for Illinois residents. If you should find faulty internet links or have suggestions, please address your comments to cernan@triton.edu.

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From Earth to the Universe

From Earth to the Universe
Age Level: Grades 6 & Up
Area of Study: Earth and Space Sciences

Take a journey of celestial discovery from the theories of ancient Greek astronomers to today’s most powerful telescopes, as humanity strives to grasp our place within this vast cosmos.

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Habitat Earth: Living in a Connected World

Habitat Earth
Age Level: Grades 3 & Up
Area of Study: Earth and Space Sciences and Life Cycles

Dive below the ocean’s surface, travel beneath the forest floor and journey to new heights to witness the intricate intersection between human and ecological networks.

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Nine Planets and Counting...

Nine Planets and Counting
Age Level: Grades 4 to 6
Area of Study: Earth and Space Sciences

How many planets are there in our Solar System? Take a tour to explore the variety of objects that orbit our Sun. And just what is a planet, anyway?

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Education Guide - Nine Planets and Counting

This downloadable educator guide is provided by the Sudekum Planetarium at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Over the next few months, the staff of the Cernan Center will begin updating and customizing these resources for Illinois residents. If you should find faulty internet links or have suggestions, please address your comments to cernan@triton.edu.

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One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

One World, One Sky
Age Level: Pre-K to Grade 1
Area of Study: Earth and Space Sciences

Join Big Bird, Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu, their friend from China, as they learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star and the Moon.

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Teacher's Guide - One World, One Sky

This downloadable teacher's guide is provided by the Sudekum Planetarium at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Over the next few months, the staff of the Cernan Center will begin updating and customizing these resources for Illinois residents. If you should find faulty internet links or have suggestions, please address your comments to cernan@triton.edu.

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Our Place in Space

Our Place in Space
Age Level: Grades 1 to 3 *
Area of Study: Earth and Space Sciences

Discover the cause of day and night, learn about the Sun, the Earth, our Solar System and the stars while solving a crossword puzzle about the sky.

Second semester third graders often prefer Rusty Rocket's Last Blast.

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Education Guide - Our Place in Space

This downloadable educator guide is provided by the Sudekum Planetarium at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Over the next few months, the staff of the Cernan Center will begin updating and customizing these resources for Illinois residents. If you should find faulty internet links or have suggestions, please address your comments to cernan@triton.edu.

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Reasons for the Seasons

Reasons for the Seasons
Age Level: Grades to 6
Area of Study: Earth and Space Sciences

Come and explore the reasons we have seasons on Earth. The planetarium offers a unique perspective that allows students to see the big picture in a way easily demonstrated in a classroom.

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Rusty Rocket's Last Blast

Rusty Rocket's Last Blast
Age Level: Grades 1 to 4
Area of Study: Earth and Space Sciences, Physical Science

Join Rusty Rocket as he leads a class of rookies on their first tour of the solar system to explain basic rocket science and the great distances between the planets.

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Education Guide - Rusty Rocket's Last Blast

This downloadable educator guide is provided by the Sudekum Planetarium at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Over the next few months, the staff of the Cernan Center will begin updating and customizing these resources for Illinois residents. If you should find faulty internet links or have suggestions, please address your comments to cernan@triton.edu.

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Seeing: A Photon's Journey Across Space, Time and Mind

Seeing
Age Level: Grades 3 & Up
Area of Study: Earth and Space Sciences

Follow a photon of light across the galaxy and into the eye of a young stargazer. Once inside the eye, the audience will explore how the human eye works before taking a ride on the optic nerve. Images of people, wildlife, landscapes, and outer space from around the globe tell the story of the photon's journey before we ‘see’ the image ourselves.

Narrated by Neil Tyson

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Sky Tonight

Sky Tonight
Age Level: All Ages
Area of Study: Earth and Space Sciences

This live interactive program starts with a tour of the current night sky, but where we go next is up to you. Explore the planets, delve into ancient Greek myths or travel across the universe. We'll go wherever the questions take us.

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Space Aliens: Looking for Life the Universe

Space Aliens
Age Level: Grades 4 & Up
Area of Study: Earth and Space Sciences

Join our alien “experts” – Hopeful and Skeptical – as they try to convince each other whether or not life exists beyond the Earth. Follow their astrobiology arguments from the ocean floor to a journey across the galaxy!

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Stars of the Pharaohs

Stars of the Pharaohs
Age Level: Grades 5 & Up
Area of Study: Earth and Space Sciences, Social Studies

Discover how ancient Egyptians studied the skies to tell time, create calendars and align gigantic monuments. Explore the connections they felt with the stars and other astronomical phenomena.

Narrated by John Rhys-Davies

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Education Guide - Stars of the Pharaohs

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STARS: The Powerhouses of the Universe

STARS
Age Level: Grades 5 to 8
Area of Study: Earth and Space Sciences

Witness the explosive end of massive stars and the dramatic formation of others. Use the electromagnetic spectrum to see how stars create and release the energy that powers the universe.

Narrated by Mark Hamill

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Education Guide - STARS: The Powerhouses of the Universe

This downloadable educator guide is provided by the Sudekum Planetarium at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Over the next few months, the staff of the Cernan Center will begin updating and customizing these resources for Illinois residents. If you should find faulty internet links or have suggestions, please address your comments to cernan@triton.edu.

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Totality: Explore the Wonder of Eclipses

Totality
Age Level: All Ages
Area of Study: Earth and Space Sciences

Totality is totally about eclipses – from lunar to total solar. Examine how and why eclipses occur and what happens when they do. Explore how a total solar eclipse in the past proved general relativity and when, where and how to safely observe an eclipse. Discover the unique human experience of standing in the shadow of the Moon.

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Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope

Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope
Age Level: Grades 4 & Up
Area of Study: Earth and Space Sciences

More than 400 years ago, Galileo was the first person to use a simple telescope to explore the night sky. Trace the history of the telescope from Galileo's stunning discoveries to the modern day and take a brief tour of tonight's evening sky.

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Universe

Universe
Age Level: Grades 8 & Up
Area of Study: Earth and Space Sciences

Beginning with the Big Bang, travel through time and observe the formation and evolution of stars, planets and galaxies. Ask questions and discuss the foundation of modern cosmology in this live and adaptable presentation.

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Wonderful Sky

Wonderful Sky
Age Level: Pre-K to Grade 1
Area of Study: Earth and Space Sciences

This live, participatory program allows your youngest students to explore the daytime and nighttime skies in the unique, multi-sensory environment of the planetarium.

Education Guide - Wonderful Sky

This downloadable educator guide is provided by the Sudekum Planetarium at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Over the next few months, the staff of the Cernan Center will begin updating and customizing these resources for Illinois residents. If you should find faulty internet links or have suggestions, please address your comments to cernan@triton.edu.

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