Planetarium Curriculum/Activities

Contact Information

Leslie Barnhill

Planetarium Facilitator
lbarnhill@mesquiteisd.org
972-882-7752

Guadalupe Rico

Planetarium Secretary
grico@mesquiteisd.org
972-882-7750

Scheduling Information

For Mesquite ISD classes, transportation is provided for you by the Planetarium. Ms. Rico, our Planetarium Secretary will schedule the transportation/buses for you after you have provided her with the pertinent information. 

We schedule on a first-come-first-served basis, with priority given to 5th and 8th grades.  We hope that this will give teachers more flexibility with the dates and times of their visits to the Planetarium.  When your grade level time-slot is open, please contact Ms. Rico with the following information: 

  • Date(s) of show
  • How many students (for best viewing 60 per show, but the dome seats 72 (rule of thumb: 2 classes per show)
  • Any students with special needs (for transportation)
  • Show start times
  • Length of show (include drive time)
  • Concepts to be covered (can be given to Leslie Barnhill up to one week prior to visit)


Please follow these additional directions for a smoothly scheduled trip

  • Buses cannot pick up students before 9:15 a.m., and they have to be back to the Transportation building by 2:15pm (2:00 p.m. if it is a lift bus), which means they will need to be back to your school around 2:00pm (1:45pm if it is a lift bus).
  • The Transportation Department will determine how many students per bus and how many buses per Planetarium visit
  • Each bus must have at least one teacher on it
  • If two shows are scheduled in one day, there will be two DIFFERENT buses.
  • The Planetarium Holds about 70 students.
  • Please have the students sit closer to center and have the teachers sit closer to the sides (better viewing for the students).
  • The general length of the show is 70 minutes for Middle School students, 90 minutes for Elementary School students; INCLUDING DRIVE TIME, however, when scheduling, you may choose how long you wish your show to be.
  • Please set up your own class coverage.
  • Please help out your fellow long-term substitute teachers. They may have not visited the Planetarium before and may need assistance.
  • Once scheduled, if you change ANYTHING (classes, class counts, etc.), please notify us immediately so we can update transportation.

While at the Planetarium

  • Teachers, please manage your class' behavior.
  • Ooh/ahs and excitement is welcomed by all! However, if a class cannot calm down at appropriate the time, please assist with classroom management.
  • Please discuss with students proper behavior in dome and restrooms.
  • No gum, food, candy, drinks or slime.
  • No sharp objects (had to redo many ‘stabs’ in seats).
  • If a student needs to use the restroom, please accompany that student.
  • If there are any questions or concerns, please contact us immediately at 972-882-7750. We want to make sure that your visit to the Planetarium is engaging and exciting.

For groups outside of the Mesquite school district, please call Ms. Rico (972-882-7750) for prices and dates available.

2nd Grade Classes

All shows at the Planetarium are flexible and can be custom made to suit individual teacher’s needs.  We have a lecture hall that can be utilized if multiple classes want to visit and team teach with lessons taught by teachers in the lecture hall while I am teaching in the dome.  

2nd Grade Concepts

2nd grade mini lesson options:

  • Objects in the sky
  • Sun
  • Moon
  • Moon Phases (identification)
  • Weather Data and Patterns
  • Quick Introduction of the Planets
  • Constellations and objects in the current night sky
  • Fulldome presentation of Zula Patrol: Under the Weather (see info below)
  • Q & A (something specific, or general student questions of the day)
  • Breakout Box Activity (please give Leslie Barnhill 3 weeks notice for this activity)
  • Astro Otter Fulldome Short Video Presentations (dated/two-dimensional animation, but excellently tied to the concepts)  
    • Apparent Motion of the Sun                                                           
    • Objects in the Sky                              
    • Rotation and revolution                                                                         
    • Sun Properties                                                                                          
    • Our Solar System                                                                                     
    • Space Exploration                                                                                   
    • History of Astronomy
    • Characteristics of the Planets            

Zula Patrol: Under the Weather (~20 minutes): From the far reaches of outer space, from the bright orange planet Zula, comes the Zula Patrol! Based on the #1-rated NBC Saturday Morning TV series “The Zula Patrol,” The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather is one of the top-performing digital dome shows of its genre. Under the Weather is designed for children ages 4-9 and their families. Like the TV series (also airing on qubo, Telemundo, ION and PBS nationwide), it supports many national and state science education standards.

The story: the stalwart heroes of the Zula Patrol are on an expedition collecting samples of weather for scientist Multo's research -- using their loyal pet Gorga's ability to collect and bottle all kinds of weather. But when the Zula gang inadvertently hurts Gorga's feelings, he decides to leave Zula and find another planet to live on. Interplanetary villain Dark Truder then tricks Gorga into stealing the weather from other planets - part of his latest nefarious scheme to rule the Universe. The ZPers find out and go after him - in the process learning all about weather, both terrestrial and interplanetary

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2HzrB-88n8

Educator Guide available (contact Leslie Barnhill lbarnhill@mesquiteisd.org)

 

3rd Grade Classes

3rd Grade Concepts 

All shows at the Planetarium are flexible and can be custom made to suit individual teacher’s needs.  We have a lecture hall that can be utilized if multiple classes want to visit and team teach with lessons taught by teachers in the lecture hall while I am teaching in the dome.  

3rd grade mini lesson options:

  • Main planets & other objects in the solar system, including size comparison of objects
  • Sun
  • Cardinal points/compass
  • Orbits, Positions, Movements of the Earth, Moon and Sun (Rotation/Revolution)
  • Fulldome Presentation of Perfect Little Planet (see information below)
  • Fulldome Presentation of Secrets of a Cardboard Rocket (see information below)
  • Comparing weather changes on Earth
  • Constellations and objects in the current night sky
  • Q & A (something specific, or general student questions of the day)
  • Astro Otter Fulldome Short Video Presentations (dated/two-dimensional animation, but excellently tied to the concepts)  
    • Apparent Motion of the Sun
    • Objects in the Sky
    • Rotation and revolution
    • Sun Properties
    • Our Solar System
    • Space Exploration
    • History of Astronomy
    • Characteristics of the Planets
    • Spectroscopy

  We have purchased BREAKOUT BOXES this year.  We hope to be adding lessons as time progresses.  Please give me ample time to create the puzzles during this first year.

Perfect Little Planet - ~25 minutes: A family from another star system searches our solar system for the perfect vacation spot. Dad wants peace and quiet, Mom wants pretty moons. Visit all the planets and enjoy exotic locales in the vacation trip of a lifetime. Walk on Pluto's frozen surface. Fly the ice cliffs of Miranda. Feel the power of Jupiter's storm clouds.A fun show for the whole family with awesome vistas and fun exploration. Which destination would you choose, and where will our family of aliens end up?

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C3QO3Y6_H8&disable_polymer=true

Educator Guide available (contact Leslie Barnhill at lbarnhill@mesquiteisd.org)

Secret of a Cardboard Rocket - ~35 minutes: Blast off with two children as they use the power of their imaginations and the knowledge of a talking astronomy book to explore the planets of the solar system. Visit each planet in turn (including a certain well-known dwarf planet) to get a close-up look at their surfaces and learn more about their environments. Though the show is aimed primarily for children pre-K to early middle school level, full-dome video effects make this an exhilarating educational ride for all ages. Topics treated include the nature of the Sun, the inner planets, the gas giants, Pluto, temperature and pressure, and asteroids.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpTsOpccOoE

Educator Guide available (contact Leslie Barnhill at lbarnhill@mesquiteisd.org)

*Contact Leslie Barnhill at x7752 or lbarnhill@mesquiteisd.org for concepts chosen

4th Grade Classes

All shows at the Planetarium are flexible and can be custom made to suit individual teacher’s needs.  We have a lecture hall that can be utilized if multiple classes want to visit and team teach with lessons taught by teachers in the lecture hall while I am teaching in the dome.  

4th Grade Concepts

4th grade mini lesson options: 

  • Sun (source of energy and changes of sun over time)
  • Seasons (changes in the sky)
  • Predictions of Moon Phases
  • Constellations and objects in current night sky
  • Water Cycle Chant
  • Fun Review of Planets and the Solar System 
  • Identify landforms caused by weathering, erosion and deposition of water, wind and ice with Student Chant
  • Q & A (something specific, or general student questions of the day)
  • Fulldome presentation of The Water Cycle (see information below)
  • Astro Otter Fulldome Short Video Presentations (dated/two-dimensional animation, but excellently tied to the concepts)  
    • Apparent Motion of the Sun
    • Objects in the Sky
    • Rotation and revolution
    • Sun Properties
    • Our Solar System
    • Space Exploration
    • History of Astronomy
    • Characteristics of the Planets
    • Spectroscopy

Breakout Box Activity (please contact Leslie Barnhill 3 weeks in advance for this mini-lesson)

Water Cycle - ~15 minutes long: Evaporation, condensation, precipitation, advection, humidity, transpiration, and even evapotranspiration are introduced and taught in this video. We use live action FullDome videography to immerse the audience in the learning experience. This education module ends with a review set to a rap – the “Water Cycle Rap”. Careful, you may find yourself humming the catchy tune well after you are back from the Planetarium! 

*Contact Leslie Barnhill at x7752 or lbarnhill@mesquiteisd.org for concepts chosen

5th Grade Classes

5th Grade Concepts

All shows at the Planetarium are flexible and can be custom made to suit individual teacher’s needs.  We have a lecture hall that can be utilized if multiple classes want to visit and team teach with lessons taught by teachers in the lecture hall while I am teaching in the dome. 

5th grade mini lesson options:

  • Characteristics of earth, moon, sun
  • Moon phases
  • Rotation and revolution of earth
  • Review of Shadows
  • Overview of Planets
  • Overview/Review and a new look at Planets 
  • Landforms and what causes them 
  • Lunar Rocks (need time to procure from NASA)
  • Fulldome presentations (pre-recorded videos) (I can now edit to show part of movie or entire movie)
    • Earth Moon & Sun (see information below) (available with closed caption for the hearing impaired)
    • Water Cycle video (usually shown in 4th grade) (see information below)
    • Field Trip to the Moon (see information below)
    • Back to the Moon for Good: Google Lunar XPrize (in the past, we only have shown the first 10 minutes before it progresses into the parameters of the Google competition) (see information below)
  • Constellation and objects in current night sky
  • Q & A (something specific or general student questions of the day)
  • Astro Otter Fulldome Short Video Presentations (dated/two-dimensional animation, but excellently tied to the concepts)  
    • Apparent Motion of the Sun                                                                  
    • Objects in the Sky                                                                                    
    • Rotation and revolution                                                                         
    • Sun Properties                                                                                          
    • Our Solar System                                                                                     
    • Space Exploration                                                                                   
    • History of Astronomy                                                                              
    • Characteristics of the Planets                                                 
    • Spectroscopy                                                     

 

FULLDOME PRSESENTATION INFORMATION:

Earth Moon Sun: ~25 minutes: This planetarium show explores the relationship between Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions. Coyote has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. His confusion about the universe makes viewers think about how Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system and learn to distinguish between myths and science. Learn the basics of fusion and solar energy and why the Sun rises and sets. Examine the Moon's orbit, craters, phases and eclipses. You'll even take a look at past and future space travel to our Moon ... and beyond! Students and audiences of all ages can appreciate learning the science behind the myths.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMPML_SbL1w

available with closed caption for the hearing impaired

Water Cycle - ~15 minutes long: Evaporation, condensation, precipitation, advection, humidity, transpiration, and even evapotranspiration are introduced and taught in this video. We use live action FullDome videography to immerse the audience in the learning experience. This education module ends with a review set to a rap – the “Water Cycle Rap”. Careful, you may find yourself humming the catchy tune well after you are back from the Planetarium! 

Back to the Moon for Good: ~23 minutes: After the Space Race of the 1960s, interest in the Moon quickly waned. The Google Lunar X Prize is hoping to change that, reinvigorating interest in Moon exploration and colonization. This time, however, it's different. A $30-million-dollar prize is being offered to all citizens of the world, not governmental space corporations, for achieving a successful Moon mission. The initiative is designed to instil a new generation with the wonders and importance of space travel and exploration. The criteria for winning the prize will involve landing a module on the surface, travelling at least 500 meters, and returning HD images and videos back to Earth. Established in 2007, the mission deadline has been extended to December 2017, with three teams still in contention as of 2016: SpaceILMoon Express and Synergy Moon.

Trailer: https://www.eso.org/public/usa/videos/bttmfg_fd_trailer_en/

Educator Guide available (contact Leslie Barnhill at lbarnhill@mesquiteisd.org)

Field Trip to the Moon: ~20 minutes: Take your audience on a virtual trip to our closest neighbor in space with the AMNH’s Field Trip to the Moon. Feel the ground shake beneath you as you experience a thrilling NASA rocket launch, and orbit the Earth to get an astronaut's view of a sunrise in space. Field Trip to the Moon is a virtual journey created using NASA engineering models and scientific data. Like NASA's astronauts, you will come face-to-face with the challenges and excitement of traveling through space to land on the Moon. Along the way, you'll discover some of the differences between the Earth and the Moon and what makes our planet unique and habitable.

Educator Guide available (contact Leslie Barnhill at lbarnhill@mesquiteisd.org)

 

*Contact Leslie Barnhill at x7752 or lbarnhill@mesquiteisd.org for concepts chosen

6th Grade Classes

We would like to welcome all of the 6th grade classes to the Planetarium.  There are so many concepts that students can learn under the dome!  To schedule, it is on a first come first serve basis.  Teachers can choose and schedule the dates and times to bring their students, as long as those time slots are available.  So please, schedule your visit early in the year.  

6th Grade Concepts

All shows at the Planetarium are flexible and can be custom made to suit individual teacher’s needs.  We have a lecture hall that can be utilized if multiple classes want to visit and team teach with lessons taught by teachers in the lecture hall while I am teaching in the dome. 

Each bulleted item is based on the TEKS and can last from 5-15 minutes each.   Please try to choose 2-4 mini lessons and notify me, Leslie Barnhill, with your choices as soon as possible.  If you have no preference, I will gladly choose for you.

 6th grade mini lesson options: 

  • Layers of the Earth
  • Plate Tectonics (identification, movements of, and events caused by movements)
  • All Solar System components (properties, locations, and movements)
  • Galilean moons
  • Meteors, asteroids, and comets
  • Space Exploration: Past, Present and Future
  • Fulldome movie presentation 
    • The Astronaut (see information below)
    • Two Small Pieces of Glass (see information below)
    • both of the above films are available with closed caption for the hearing impaired
  • Exit Ticket of some sort
  • Constellation and objects in current night sky
  • Q & A (something specific or general student questions of the day)
  • Astro Otter fulldome videoclips (dated/two-dimensional animation, but excellently tied to the concepts) 
    • From the Big Bang to the Solar System
    • Life Cycle of the Stars
    • Galaxies
    • Light Years
    • Organization of the Universe
    • Distances in Space
    • Phases of the Moon
    • Eclipses
    • Seasons
    • Tides
    • Motion of the Universe

Astronaut: ~21 minutes: What does it take to become an astronaut? Astronaut, the latest immersive planetarium show to be created by the National Space Centre, 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. National Space Centre. 23 minutes.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMaotjhaXco

available with closed caption for the hearing impaired.

Two Small Pieces of Glass: ~21 Minutes: While attending a local star party, two teenagers 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 the discoveries these wonderful tools have made. The students see how telescopes work and how the largest observatories in the world use these instruments to explore the mysteries of the universe. Gaileo did not invent the telescope, but he was the first person to use the newly invented device to observe the sky. Through these observations the Italian philosopher-scientist concluded that the heavens were not perfect and immutable: he observed lunar mountains, phases of Venus, Jupiter's moons, and even sunspots. His two small pieces of glass revealed a Universe that was far more complex than previously assumed. Telescopes have advanced considerably since Galileo's time. Humanity now has large observatories and even a couple in outer space. Two Small Pieces Of Glass shows how telescopes work; and how astronomers have used them to scrutinize the structures within our cosmos. Complemented with spectacular imagery of Saturn's rings, beautiful stellar nurseries and the spiral structure of galaxies, Two Small Pieces Of Glass shares the way telescope development has helped us understand our place in space.

Dome Preview Show: https://www.eso.org/public/usa/videos/tspog/

available with closed caption for the hearing impaired.

*Contact Leslie Barnhill at x7752 or lbarnhill@mesquiteisd.org for concepts chosen

7th Grade Classes

All shows at the Planetarium are flexible and can be custom made to suit individual teacher’s needs.  We have a lecture hall that can be utilized if multiple classes want to visit and team teach with lessons taught by teachers in the lecture hall while I am teaching in the dome.  

7th Grade Concepts

7th grade mini lesson options: 

  • Tour of the Solar System Review (this can be either a quick tour or a longer more in depth tour – you choose)
  • What makes Earth habitable (distance to sun, atmosphere, water)
  • Look at other planets/moons that may be habitable in our Solar System
  • Discuss discovery of latest exoplanets that may be habitable
  • Manned space exploration and what it entails for man to travel in space (Apollo Missions, ISS, future travel to Mars)
  • Tour of the Universe (introduction to 8th grade)
  • Fulldome movie presentation of Oasis in Space (see information below) available with closed caption for the hearing impaired.
  • Exit Ticket of some sort
  • Constellation and objects in current night sky
  • Q & A (something specific or general student questions of the day)
  • Astro Otter fulldome videoclips (dated/two-dimensional animation, but excellently tied to the concepts)   
    • From the Big Bang to the Solar System
    • Life Cycle of the Stars
    • Galaxies
    • Light Years
    • Organization of the Universe
    • Distances in Space
    • Phases of the Moon
    • Eclipses
    • Seasons
    • Tides
    • Motion of the Universe

Oasis in Space: ~23 minutes: Embark on a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe, Galaxy and Solar System in search of water - a key ingredient for life on Earth. With a proven, audience-tested story, and a 95% viewer approval rating, Oasis in Space offers a new perspective on a substance of obvious importance to our planet.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2WGMfHO0SY

Educator Guide available (contact Leslie Barnhill at lbarnhill@mesquiteisd.org)

available with closed caption for the hearing impaired.

*Contact Leslie Barnhill at x7752 or lbarnhill@mesquiteisd.org for concepts chosen

8th Grade Classes

8th Grade Concepts

All shows at the Planetarium are flexible and can be custom made to suit individual teacher’s needs.  We have a lecture hall that can be utilized if multiple classes want to visit and team teach with lessons taught by teachers in the lecture hall while I am teaching in the dome. 

Mini-Lessons (facilitator created and guided real-time):

  • Seasons (Including day/night and insolation)
  • Lunar Cycle with student created diagram
  • Lunar Misconceptions
  • HR Diagram in the night sky with star size comparison
  • Star size comparison
  • View of universe from small to big (including stars, nebulae and galaxies), including flying through a nebula
  • Use of Electromagnetic Spectrum in space and how it’s done
  • Use of light years to measure distances of stars in our night sky
  • Earth’s plate tectonics: history, movements, and features they cause 
  • Satellite views of landforms and students describe what caused it 
  • Ocean’s cause of hurricanes (short)
  • Tides (position of Sun, Earth and Moon) 
  • Constellation and objects in current night sky
  • Q & A (something specific or general student questions of the day)
  • Fulldome movie presentations:
    • Stars: Powerhouses of the Universe (see information below) available with closed caption for the hearing impaired.
    • Fly through a Nebula 
    • Black Holes: The Otherside of Infinity (see information below) available with closed caption for the hearing impaired.
    • Field Trip to the Moon (see information below)
    • Monsters of the Cosmos (3 minutes)
    • Journey to the Center of the Universe (6 minutes, good, but can be slow)
  • Astro Otter Fulldome videoclips
    • From the Big Bang to the Solar System
    • Life Cycle of the Stars
    • Galaxies
    • Light Years
    • Organization of the Universe
    • Distances in Space
    • Phases of the Moon
    • Eclipses
    • Seasons
    • Tides
    • Motion of the Universe

FULLDOME MOVIE PRESENTATIONS:

Stars: Powerhouses of the Universe- ~25 minutes: Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the Universe. Journey to the farthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of STARS. Narrated by Mark Hamill

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbzmLRzau4g

Educator Guide available (contact Leslie Barnhill at lbarnhill@mesquiteisd.org)

available with closed caption for the hearing impaired.

Black Holes – the Other Side of Infinity: ~23 minutes: Currently in distribution to more than 100 theaters worldwide, Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity is one of the most successful fulldome shows ever produced. Narrated by Academy-Award nominated actor Liam Neeson, this cutting-edge production features high-resolution visualizations of cosmic phenomena, working with data generated by computer simulations, to bring the current science of black holes to the dome screen. Audiences will be dazzled with striking, immersive animations of the formation of the early universe, star birth and death, the collision of giant galaxies, and a simulated flight to a super-massive black hole lurking at the center of our own Milky Way Galaxy.

Trailer: http://www.dmns.org/planetarium/current-shows/black-holes-the-other-side-of-infinity

Educator Guide available (contact Leslie Barnhill at lbarnhill@mesquiteisd.org)

available with closed caption for the hearing impaired.

Field Trip to the Moon: ~20 minutes: Take your audience on a virtual trip to our closest neighbor in space with the AMNH’s Field Trip to the Moon. Feel the ground shake beneath you as you experience a thrilling NASA rocket launch, and orbit the Earth to get an astronaut's view of a sunrise in space. Field Trip to the Moon is a virtual journey created using NASA engineering models and scientific data. Like NASA's astronauts, you will come face-to-face with the challenges and excitement of traveling through space to land on the Moon. Along the way, you'll discover some of the differences between the Earth and the Moon and what makes our planet unique and habitable.

Educator Guide available (contact Leslie Barnhill at lbarnhill@mesquiteisd.org)


 *Contact Leslie Barnhill at x7752 or lbarnhill@mesquiteisd.org for concepts chosen

High School

While the Mesquite ISD Planetarium primarily has seen Elementary and Middle School students, I hope to see High School students as well. I realize that there is usually a scheduling conflict with visiting the Planetarium, but we are open to trying and doing new things here to expand our audience. If you choose to come to the Planetarium, I will work with you to provide a personalize show for you and your students.

If you ever have any questions or suggestions, please contact me at lbarnhill@mesquiteisd.org.

Fulldome Movie Presentation Offerings

Astronaut: ~21 minutes: What does it take to become an astronaut? Astronaut, the latest immersive planetarium show to be created by the National Space Centre, 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. National Space Centre.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMaotjhaXco

available with closed caption for the hearing impaired

 

Two Small Pieces of Glass: ~21 Minutes: While attending a local star party, two teenagers 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 the discoveries these wonderful tools have made. The students see how telescopes work and how the largest observatories in the world use these instruments to explore the mysteries of the universe. Gaileo did not invent the telescope, but he was the first person to use the newly invented device to observe the sky. Through these observations the Italian philosopher-scientist concluded that the heavens were not perfect and immutable: he observed lunar mountains, phases of Venus, Jupiter's moons, and even sunspots. His two small pieces of glass revealed a Universe that was far more complex than previously assumed. Telescopes have advanced considerably since Galileo's time. Humanity now has large observatories and even a couple in outer space. Two Small Pieces Of Glass shows how telescopes work; and how astronomers have used them to scrutinize the structures within our cosmos. Complemented with spectacular imagery of Saturn's rings, beautiful stellar nurseries and the spiral structure of galaxies, Two Small Pieces Of Glass shares the way telescope development has helped us understand our place in space.

Dome Preview Show: https://www.eso.org/public/usa/videos/tspog/

available with closed caption for the hearing impaired

 

Oasis in Space: ~23 minutes: Embark on a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe, Galaxy and Solar System in search of water - a key ingredient for life on Earth. With a proven, audience-tested story, and a 95% viewer approval rating, Oasis in Space offers a new perspective on a substance of obvious importance to our planet.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2WGMfHO0SY

Educator Guide available (contact Leslie Barnhill at lbarnhill@mesquiteisd.org)

available with closed caption for the hearing impaired

 

Black Holes – the Other Side of Infinity: ~23 minutes: Currently in distribution to more than 100 theaters worldwide, Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity is one of the most successful fulldome shows ever produced. Narrated by Academy-Award nominated actor Liam Neeson, this cutting-edge production features high-resolution visualizations of cosmic phenomena, working with data generated by computer simulations, to bring the current science of black holes to the dome screen. Audiences will be dazzled with striking, immersive animations of the formation of the early universe, star birth and death, the collision of giant galaxies, and a simulated flight to a super-massive black hole lurking at the center of our own Milky Way Galaxy.

Trailer: http://www.dmns.org/planetarium/current-shows/black-holes-the-other-side-of-infinity

Educator Guide available (contact Leslie Barnhill at lbarnhill@mesquiteisd.org)

available with closed caption for the hearing impaired

 

Back to the Moon for Good: ~23 minutes: After the Space Race of the 1960s, interest in the Moon quickly waned. The Google Lunar X Prize is hoping to change that, reinvigorating interest in Moon exploration and colonization. This time, however, it's different. A $30-million-dollar prize is being offered to all citizens of the world, not governmental space corporations, for achieving a successful Moon mission. The initiative is designed to instill a new generation with the wonders and importance of space travel and exploration. The criteria for winning the prize will involve landing a module on the surface, travelling at least 500 meters, and returning HD images and videos back to Earth. Established in 2007, the mission deadline has been extended to December 2017, with three teams still in contention as of 2016: SpaceILMoon Express and Synergy Moon.

Trailer: https://www.eso.org/public/usa/videos/bttmfg_fd_trailer_en/

Educator Guide available (contact Leslie Barnhill at lbarnhill@mesquiteisd.org)

 

Zula Patrol: Under the Weather 20 minutes

From the far reaches of outer space, from the bright orange planet Zula, comes the Zula Patrol! Based on the #1-rated NBC Saturday Morning TV series “The Zula Patrol,” The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather is one of the top-performing digital dome shows of its genre. Under the Weather is designed for children ages 4-9 and their families. Like the TV series (also airing on qubo, Telemundo, ION and PBS nationwide), it supports many national and state science education standards.

The story: the stalwart heroes of the Zula Patrol are on an expedition collecting samples of weather for scientist Multo's research -- using their loyal pet Gorga's ability to collect and bottle all kinds of weather. But when the Zula gang inadvertently hurts Gorga's feelings, he decides to leave Zula and find another planet to live on. Interplanetary villain Dark Truder then tricks Gorga into stealing the weather from other planets - part of his latest nefarious scheme to rule the Universe. The ZPers find out and go after him - in the process learning all about weather, both terrestrial and interplanetary

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2HzrB-88n8

Educator Guide available

 

Earth Moon Sun: ~25 minutes: This planetarium show explores the relationship between Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions. Coyote has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. His confusion about the universe makes viewers think about how Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system and learn to distinguish between myths and science. Learn the basics of fusion and solar energy and why the Sun rises and sets. Examine the Moon's orbit, craters, phases and eclipses. You'll even take a look at past and future space travel to our Moon ... and beyond! Students and audiences of all ages can appreciate learning the science behind the myths.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMPML_SbL1w

available with closed caption for the hearing impaired

 

Stars: Powerhouses of the Universe- ~25 minutes: Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the Universe. Journey to the farthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of STARS. Narrated by Mark Hamill

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbzmLRzau4g

Educator Guide available (contact Leslie Barnhill at lbarnhill@mesquiteisd.org)

available with closed caption for the hearing impaired

 

Perfect Little Planet - ~25 minutes: A family from another star system searches our solar system for the perfect vacation spot. Dad wants peace and quiet, Mom wants pretty moons. Visit all the planets and enjoy exotic locales in the vacation trip of a lifetime. Walk on Pluto's frozen surface. Fly the ice cliffs of Miranda. Feel the power of Jupiter's storm clouds.A fun show for the whole family with awesome vistas and fun exploration. Which destination would you choose, and where will our family of aliens end up?

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C3QO3Y6_H8&disable_polymer=true

Educator Guide available (contact Leslie Barnhill at lbarnhill@mesquiteisd.org)

 

Secret of a Cardboard Rocket - ~35 minutes: Blast off with two children as they use the power of their imaginations and the knowledge of a talking astronomy book to explore the planets of the solar system. Visit each planet in turn (including a certain well-known dwarf planet) to get a close-up look at their surfaces and learn more about their environments. Though the show is aimed primarily for children pre-K to early middle school level, full-dome video effects make this an exhilarating educational ride for all ages. Topics treated include the nature of the Sun, the inner planets, the gas giants, Pluto, temperature and pressure, and asteroids.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpTsOpccOoE

Educator Guide available (contact Leslie Barnhill at lbarnhill@mesquiteisd.org)

 

Field Trip to the Moon: ~20 minutes: Take your audience on a virtual trip to our closest neighbor in space with the AMNH’s Field Trip to the Moon. Feel the ground shake beneath you as you experience a thrilling NASA rocket launch, and orbit the Earth to get an astronaut's view of a sunrise in space. Field Trip to the Moon is a virtual journey created using NASA engineering models and scientific data. Like NASA's astronauts, you will come face-to-face with the challenges and excitement of traveling through space to land on the Moon. Along the way, you'll discover some of the differences between the Earth and the Moon and what makes our planet unique and habitable.

Educator Guide available (contact Leslie Barnhill at lbarnhill@mesquiteisd.org)


The Dark Matter Mystery - Exploring a Cosmic Secret: ~37 MINUTES
 

What keeps Galaxies together? What are the building blocks of the Universe? What makes the Universe look the way it looks today? Researchers all around the world try to answer these questions. We know today that approximately a quarter of the Universe is filled with a mysterious glue: Dark Matter. We know that it is out there. But we have no idea what it is made out of.

This planetarium show takes you on the biggest quest of contemporary astrophysics. You will see why we know that Dark Matter exists, and how this search is one of the most challenging and exciting searches science has to offer. Join the scientists on their hunt for Dark Matter with experiments in space and deep underground. Will they be able to solve the Dark Matter Mystery?

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcwKG6gmYgo

 

 

The Incredible Sun – 11 minutes

            Use the No Voice, mp4 version.  Mpg is poor quality; English version is slow.  Use the script to speak to the no voice version

 

Water Cycle - ~15 minutes long: Evaporation, condensation, precipitation, advection, humidity, transpiration, and even evapotranspiration are introduced and taught in this video. We use live action FullDome videography to immerse the audience in the learning experience. This education module ends with a review set to a rap – the “Water Cycle Rap”. Careful, you may find yourself humming the catchy tune well after you are back from the Planetarium! 

 

Ltd: Loosing the Dark – ~ 8 minutes long:  Losing the Dark is a "public service announcement" planetarium show, a collaboration of Loch Ness Productions and the International Dark-Sky Association. It introduces and illustrates some of the issues regarding light pollution, and suggests three simple actions people can take to help mitigate it.

available with closed caption for the hearing impaired