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Canberra Portable Planetarium Programmes / Planetarium venue requirements / Presentation TimetablePresentations (Australian Curriculum (Science) linked)

 

Suggested programs – listed by year level and linked to the Australian Curriculum Science.

Year One 40 minutes plus ten minutes swap time

Part one: The view from the International Space Station A brief (stunning!) time lapse video taken from the International Space Station showing lightning storms and city lights on Earth plus sunrises, sunsets and stars passing by.

Part two: Clockwork skies An exploration of motion and times in our sky. Targeted at 5 – 12 year olds. VImeo preview: http://ottplanetarium.org/productions/?s=7

Part three: Space Shapes Space Shapes discusses different round shapes in space for young audiences. Targeted at 3 – 8 year olds. Vimeo preview: http://ottplanetarium.org/productions/?s=7

Part four: Tour of the current night sky Depending on the time of year, this ten minute tour will cover objects visible in the night sky including planets and easy to find constellations such as the Southern Cross. This might also include how to navigate by the Southern Cross and/or what the sky looked like according the the ancient Greeks.

Part five: An example constellation story (Orion The Hunter and Scorpius The Scorpion)

A simple scaled model can be made of the relative sizes of the Sun and Earth using my planetarium dome and an approximately tennis table sized Earth. Image (c) 2017 Paula Floyd.

Year Three 40 minutes plus ten minutes swap time

Part one: The view from the International Space Station A brief (stunning!) time lapse video taken from the International Space Station showing lightning storms and city lights on Earth plus sunrises, sunsets and stars passing by.

Part two: Clockwork skies An exploration of motion and times in our sky Targeted at 5 – 12 year olds. VImeo preview: http://ottplanetarium.org/productions/?s=7

Part three: Day and night, eclipses and Moon phase hands on activity A hands on Moon phase activity which shows you why the Moon displays phases (day and night), and solar and lunar eclipses occur. A Southern hemisphere Moon phase flip book can be found here: http://nightskyonline.info/?page_id=1987

Part four: Tour of the current night sky Depending on the time of year, this ten minute tour will cover objects visible in the night sky including planets and easy to find constellations such as the Southern Cross. This might also include how to navigate by the Southern Cross and/or what the sky looked like according the the ancient Greeks.

Year Five 40 minutes plus ten minutes swap time

Part one: From Earth to the Universe (European Southern Observatory) A 30 minute presentation which begins with how early astronomers viewed the heavens through to stunning 3D views of the Sun and planets in our Solar System out to look at our Milky Way galaxy. A great introduction to astronomy.

Part two: Tour of the current night sky Depending on the time of year, this ten minute tour will cover objects visible in the night sky including planets and easy to find constellations such as the Southern Cross. This might also include how to navigate by the Southern Cross and/or what the sky looked like according the the ancient Greeks. Year Seven 40 minutes plus ten minutes swap time

Year Seven 40 minutes plus ten minutes swap time

Part one: The view from the International Space Station A brief (stunning!) time lapse video taken from the International Space Station showing lightning storms and city lights on Earth plus sunrises, sunsets and stars passing by.

Part two: Sizing up Space Sizing up Space explores the scale of the Universe. Targeted at ages 6 – 12. Vimeo preview: http://ottplanetarium.org/productions/?s=11

Part three: Eclipses and Moon phase hands on activity A hands on Moon phase activity which shows you why the Moon displays phases, and solar and lunar eclipses occur. A Southern hemisphere Moon phase flip book can be found here: http://nightskyonline.info/?page_id=1987

Part four: Tour of the current night sky Depending on the time of year, this ten minute tour will cover objects visible in the night sky including planets and easy to find constellations such as the Southern Cross. This might also include how to navigate by the Southern Cross and/or what the sky looked like according the the ancient Greeks.

Year Ten 40 minutes plus ten minutes swap time

Option one

Part one: From Earth to the Universe (European Southern Observatory) A 30 minute presentation which begins with how early astronomers viewed the heavens through to stunning 3D views of the Sun and planets in our Solar System out to look at our Milky Way galaxy. A great introduction to astronomy.

Part two: Tour of the current night sky Depending on the time of year, this ten minute tour will cover objects visible in the night sky including planets and easy to find constellations such as the Southern Cross. This might also include how to navigate by the Southern Cross and/or what the sky looked like according the the ancient Greeks.

Option two

Part one: The Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (Fiske Planetarium) A 28 minute show about the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph installed into the Hubble Space Telescope in 2009 during the final servicing mission. The program covers not only the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph instrument aboard Hubble, but the nature of light and spectroscopy, the use of quasars as background light sources, material identification by spectrum, and the cycling of material within and surrounding galaxies.

Part two: Tour of the current night sky Depending on the time of year, this ten minute tour will cover objects visible in the night sky including planets and easy to find constellations such as the Southern Cross. This might also include how to navigate by the Southern Cross and/or what the sky looked like according the the ancient Greeks.

Option three

Part one: Dark – The Movie DARK Dark is a 20 minute full dome movie that explains and explores the nature of Dark Matter, the missing 80% of the mass of the Universe. The search for Dark Matter is the most pressing astrophysical problem of our time – the solution to which will help us understand why the Universe is as it is, where it came from, and how it has evolved over billions of years – the unimaginable depths of deep time, of which a human life is but a flickering instant. More information: http://darkthemovie.info/

Part two: Tour of the current night sky Depending on the time of year, this ten minute tour will cover objects visible in the night sky including planets and easy to find constellations such as the Southern Cross. This might also include how to navigate by the Southern Cross and/or what the sky looked like according the the ancient Greeks.

Part three: Optional Ten minutes is available (in a 40 minute program timeslot) for student choice investigation looking at the sky through the eyes of early Greek astronomers by looking at the traditional Greek constellations or for learning how to navigate by the Southern Cross and Pointers.

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