The TXMOST Discovery Dome mobile planetarium has programs for all ages, covering many of the TEKS for Earth and Space Science in grades K – 8 and for Astronomy and Biology in grades 9 – 12.

We have two types of programs: Interactive Educator-Led Star Tours and Full-Dome Immersive Planetarium Shows. The Interactive Star Tours can vary in length from about 20 min to 60 min, depending on age of participants and what is requested. The Full-Dome Shows are videos and are fixed length; the length of each show is noted below.

Note that you may request different programs, or combinations of programs, for each group in the dome.

Interactive Educator-Led Star Tours

 

The Sky Tonight

Grades pre K – 12

 

 

An interactive program led by the Astronomy Educator exploring the stars, constellations and planets visible in the sky tonight. Demonstrates daily motion of stars and planets, plus constellation stories. School program begins with apparent daily motion of the Sun and rotation and revolution of the Earth. Program content is geared toward students’ grade level. Program length can be varied from 10 -30 minutes and can be combined with either or both of the other 2 interactive programs.

 

Earth, Sun, and Moon

Grades 2 – 8

 

 

An interactive program led by the Astronomy Educator exploring motions of the Earth, Sun and Moon, physical differences between Earth and Moon, plus phases and motion of the Moon. May include hands-on activities to help the students visualize how the Earth-Sun-Moon system moves, plus information on eclipses. School program begins with apparent daily motion of the Sun and rotation and revolution of the Earth. It may also include constellations visible tonight and daily star motion. Program content is geared toward students’ grade level. Program length can be varied from 10 -30 minutes and can be combined with either or both of the other 2 interactive programs. Covers Earth and Space TEKS for grades 4 & 5.

 

Planets and Their Orbits

Grades 2 – 12

 

 

An interactive program led by the Astronomy Educator exploring the planets and their orbits around the Sun. Includes facts and images of planets and their moons. School program begins with apparent daily motion of the Sun and rotation and revolution of the Earth. It may also include constellations visible tonight and daily star motion. Program content is geared toward students’ grade level. Program length can be varied from 10 -30 minutes and can be combined with either or both of the other 2 interactive programs. Covers Earth and Space TEKS for grade 3.

 

Full-Dome Immersive Planetarium Shows

 

 One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure

Ages 3 – 7, Grades Pre-K – 2

 

 

 

 

Join Big Bird, Elmo and their Muppet friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, as they take viewers on a journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, and the Moon. Use your imagination to travel with Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu from Sesame Street to the moon, and discover how different it is from Earth. A joint production by Sesame Workshop, the Adler Planetarium, The Liberty Science Center, and The Beijing Planetarium.  (25 min)

Excellent Teacher Guide with activities available:  Download (3.2 Mb) in PDF format

 

 Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope

Grades 3 – 12 and Adult

 

 

 

 

 

While attending a local star party, two teenage students learn how the telescope has helped us understand our place in space and how telescopes continue to expand our understanding of the Universe. Their conversation with a local female astronomer enlightens them on the history of the telescope and how current astronomers use these instruments to explore the mysteries of the universe. While looking through the astronomer’s telescope, the students, along with the planetarium audience, explore the Galilean Moons, Saturn’s rings, and spiral structure of galaxies. (25 min)

Teacher Resources available: Download Teacher Guide in PDF format

Download Glossary in PDF format

 

 Astronaut

Grades 3 – 12 and Adult

 

 

 

 

 

The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor that humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? What does it take to become an astronaut? ASTRONAUT takes you from Earth into space… and beyond.

Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject ‘Chad,’ our test astronaut, to everything that space has to throw at him. ASTRONAUT is an experience like nothing on Earth.  Produced by National Space Centre, narrated by Ewan McGregor. (23 min)

 

Back to the Moon: For Good

Grades 3-12 and Adult

 

 

 

In case you haven’t heard, the Moon is once again enjoying the attention of lunar explorers. Only this time, they’re going back to the moon for good. This award-winning Google Lunar XPRIZE  show chronicles teams around the world competing for the largest international prize in history, by landing a robotic spacecraft on the Moon. The show opens with the first era of space exploration in the late 1960s and early 1970s. We see what that era of landers and orbiters taught us about our nearest neighbor. We highlight the human spirit of competition and collaboration as teams take on this new challenge. This global competition is designed to spark imagination and inspire a renewed commitment to space exploration, not by governments or countries – but by the citizens of the world.  (24 min)

 

Nanocam, a Trip into Biodiversity

Grades 5-12 and Adult

 

 

 

 

 

Nanocam explores the kingdoms of bacteria, protists and their stunning mechanism of motility, the amazing structure of fungi, the specializations of plants and the incredible complexity of the animal kingdom, seen through an electron microscope — a breathtaking trip into the five kingdoms of living things. This unique program, based on a scientific approach and featuring images that have never been seen before, offers another dimension of reality, a reality that is measured in micrometers. Nanocam is a fascinating journey exploring life-forms that are invisible to the human eye and contribute to a better understanding of the world we live in. Produced by El Exilio, Spain. See the trailer here.

Nanocam is a GREAT show to enhance any life science class, especially 9th grade Biology! Covers several Biology TEKS. (25 min).

 

Natural Selection

Grades 5-12 and Adult

 

 

 

 

Join the young Charles Darwin on an adventurous voyage of exploration circumnavigating the World with the HMS Beagle, as he strives to answer the question:  How could new species arise to replace those lost in extinction?  Witness the thrill of scientific discovery by seeing the world through Darwin’s eyes, make observations of the most beautiful natural scenery and let the pieces of the scientific puzzle slowly but surely fall into place. Produced by Mirage 3D.

Note to teachers: this is a great show to promote students’ interest in and discussion about scientific theories and the scientific method. Covers many Life Science TEKS for grade 7. (45 min).

 

Dawn of the Space Age

Grades 5 – 12 and Adult

 

 

 

 

 

Re-live the excitement of the early days of space exploration, from the launch of the first artificial satellite Sputnik, to the magnificent lunar landings and privately operated space flights. Produced by Mirage 3D of the Netherlands, “Dawn of the Space Age” begins with the launch of Sputnik and covers important Russian space history as well as the American Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle programs. Be immersed and overwhelmed with this most accurate historic reconstruction of Man’s first steps into space. (45 min)

 

IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System

Grades 6 – 12 and Adult

 

 

 

Join scientists who are investigating the boundary between our Solar System and the rest of our galaxy in IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System. This show follows the creation of NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX). Get an in-depth look at the mission and how IBEX is collecting high-speed atoms to create a map of our Solar System’s boundary. Narrated by two inquisitive teenagers,  the scientists and engineers who developed the IBEX mission and spacecraft give the latest updates on the mission’s discoveries. (30 min)

Teacher Resources available:  Download Resource Links in PDF format

 

Saturn. the Ring World

Grades 5 – 12 and Adult

 

 

 

 

 

Saturn becomes the true “Lord of the Rings”. After nearly seven years in transit, the two-story Cassini-Huygens spacecraft began orbiting Saturn in 2004. Now, our mobile dome theater features Saturn, the Ring World, featuring the Cassini-Huygens mission. Cassini explored Saturn and its moons for more than four years, while the Huygens probe has landed on the surface of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. The Cassini Saturn encounter began with a flyby of Saturn’s farthest moon, Phoebe. See Saturn up-close and all-around-you inside our dome theater. Note: this show was produced shortly after Cassini arrived at Saturn, so recent images and information are not included. (25 min)

Teacher Resources available:  Download Resource Links in PDF format

Download Presentation/Guide (3.5 Mb) in PDF format

 

For more information, contact:

Mobile Planetarium Coordinators

E-mail: mobile@txmost.org

Phone:  (512) 961-5333

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