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Traveling Planetarium

We bring the universe to you

Please use our ExploraDome Booking Request Form to book visits for the 2019-20 school year.

Get the ExploraDome experience in your community by booking our traveling planetarium at your school or venue of choice.

Our expert staff bring the universe to you in a unique, immersive environment. Cruise the cosmos with our portable planetarium that travels throughout the state of Minnesota and is perfect for classes, fairs, and community events. You can even schedule multiple grades (preK–12) and a variety of live, interactive programs on the same day.

Program options

Show lengths are:

Pre-K and kindergarten: 20 minutes
Grades 1 and up: 40 minutes

You may schedule multiple programs of different lengths and topics on the same day.

Be sure to download your program’s materials to share ahead of your visit. All programs are live except Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescopes, which is a recorded film.

A bright scarlet sunset

Changes in the Sky

(Grades: Pre-K–2)
Investigate the changes that occur in the sky in a 24-hour day, observing and describing the changes in the position of the Sun, Moon and stars.

Nature of Science and Engineering 0.1.1.2
Earth and Space Science 0.3.2.2
Physical Science 2.2.2.1

Earth seen from space

The Solar System
Grades: 2–8

The audience is the co-pilot of this planetary tour, discovering the characteristics and relationships of objects in the Solar System by exploring the Sun, planets, moons, and more, and learning how Earth fits in with the structure of the Solar System.

Earth and Space Science 3.3.3.2, 8.3.3.1

 

Composite image of the center of the Milky Way

Motions of the Sky
Grades: 3–5

Investigate how the rotation and revolution of Earth cause day, night, and the years. Observe the differences in the appearance of the sky due to those motions from both the ground and from space. We also will track the movements of the planets among the stars over a period of time.

Physical Science 2.2.2.1, 3.2.3.1
Earth and Space Science 3.3.3.1, 3.3.3.2

A comet streaking through space

Zoom! From the Earth to the Edge of the Universe
Grades: 3–12

The audience decides where to go in this program, from Earth to the edge of the observable universe and anywhere in between. The journey will help students appreciate the scale of the Solar System, galaxy, and universe, the vast distance separating these objects, and how these objects change over time.

Earth and Space Science 3.3.3.2, 6.2.2.2, 8.3.3.1, 9.3.3.2, 9.3.3.3
Physical Science 9P.2.2.1, 9P.2.3.3
Geography 2.3.1.1, 3.3.3.6

The surface of Mars

Life in the Universe
Grades: 6–12

Why is Earth just right for life? We will investigate the location and composition of Earth compared to Mars, Venus, and other planets in the Solar System to understand the conditions that have allowed life to flourish on Earth. We also will investigate recent findings that raise the possibility of life on moons in our solar system and planets orbiting distant stars.

Eclipse of the Sun

Seasons, Phases, and Eclipses
Grades: 6–12

Viewing the Earth-Moon-Sun system from Earth and space, students will investigate the positions and motions of these objects, how they relate to each other, and explain how we perceive the seasons, phases, and eclipses.

Physical Science 2.2.2.1, 3.2.3.1
Nature of Science and Engineering 3.1.3.4
Earth and Space Science 3.3.3.1, 8.3.2.1, 8.3.3.1

The Parkes Telescope

Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescopes
Grades: 4–8

Discover the wonders of the universe as revealed through the telescope. It’s been 400 years since Galileo first turned his telescope to the skies, revolutionizing our understanding of the cosmos. Find out how new telescopes and improved technologies have unlocked the secrets of space. Not available for pre-K or kindergarten shows.

 

Minnesota in the Cosmos title graphic

Minnesota in the Cosmos

Minnesota in the Cosmos is the first Bell Museum original production. This film explores the formation of the universe from a uniquely Minnesota perspective, investigating the deep cosmic and geological history of the land beneath our feet as seen through the eyes of a boy on a field trip to Interstate State Park in Taylors Falls, Minnesota.

Following the recorded production, the presenter takes you on a live tour of the night sky, with a guide to the planets, stars, and constellations you can see from Minnesota.