Shows


PLANETARIUM SHOW DESCRIPTIONS

2017-2018

 

ASTEROIDS AND COMETS

Learn more about the giant rocks that share the solar system with the planets. This show includes a history of terrestrial hits that have occurred since the beginning of the solar system plus chances of collisions in the future.

 

BLACK HOLES

What are Black Holes? Where do they come from? What happens when something falls into a Black Hole? Black Holes are one of the most interesting things we can't see in space. This program tells you what and where they are.

 

DARK MATTER

Did you know that only 4 percent of the universe is made up of regular matter (stars, planets and people)? The rest is made up of dark matter (23 percent) and dark energy (thought to be 73 percent). Viewers will learn more about dark matter in this thought-provoking program.

 

GALILEO

Discover the story of Galileo, his science experiments and the telescope.

 

HOW TO CHOOSE A TELESCOPE

This show describes how telescopes work, the different types of telescopes, and how to choose a telescope to fit your budget. If you are planning to purchase a telescope and cannot attend this show, contact the planetarium for information on how to choose a telescope. (amaurer@jjc.edu)

 

HUMANS AND ROBOTS IN SPACE

This program discusses the use of robots versus humans in space exploration.

 

LARRY CAT IN SPACE

The all-time children's favorite is back. The story of a cat who sneaks aboard a rocket for a trip to the moon.

 

THE LITTLE STAR THAT COULD

The animated story of a new star that goes in search of its identity and to find a planet of its own. Accurate descriptions of the different types of stars.

 

MARS

Mars is the future destination for manned space trips. Learn about the red planet and what will be needed to survive a trip to this terrestrial planet.

 

ORBITS

Gravity rules the universe. If an object doesn't move fast enough, the gravity of a larger object will "capture" it. Without orbits, Earth would crash into the sun and the moon would crash into Earth. We even use orbits to keep artificial satellites in space or to travel through space. This show describes how orbits work.

 

SEASONAL SKIES

This program will take you on a trip through the current season's skies.

 

SOLAR SYSTEM

This show is about the sun, planets, plutoids, dwarf planets and other objects that orbit the sun.  The show is continually updated to remain current and concludes with a look at the possibility of aliens.

 

STORY OF THE CHRISTMAS STAR

This show covers the history of the winter solstice celebration and why Christmas is celebrated at this time of the year. It also addresses what the Christmas star might have been, what year the birth described in the Bible might have happened, and the story of the three kings. Biblical, historical, and astronomical data was used to prepare this show.

 

SUNSTRUCK

How does the sun generate radiation? How hot is the sun? How is Earth protected from the "aba" radiation from the sun? How long will the sun last? All of these questions are answered in the Sunstruck show.

 

TWO SMALL PIECES OF GLASS

Learn how telescopes work and how they are used.

 

WE GO TO THE MOON

Ever wonder what it would be like to go to the moon? Find out in this show! Students will also get a chance to discuss what they would need for their lunar voyage.

 

For more information on shows, contact Art Maurer, Planetarium Director at 815-280-2601, or email at amaurer@jjc.edu.

For more information on group field trips, contact Gina Foote, Field Trip Assistant at 815-280-2525, or email at fieldtripcoordinator@jjc.edu.