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Morehead, KY 40351
Phone: 606-783-2381
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Star Theater - K-12 School Shows

Shows for schools may be scheduled on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays after 9 a.m. Teachers can choose any one of the programs listed below as part of a visit to the Star Theater at the Space Science Center. In addition to the recorded program, we will include a tour of the evening sky for the date of the visit and a preview of a laser show. Many of the programs also have supplemental educational materials so teachers can apply what students learn at the Star Theater in the classroom. The fee is $75 for any group size up to a max of 90 students and chaperones. Payment may be made by cash or check only. Please make all checks payable to Morehead State University.

To schedule a K-12 School Show please contact:
Eric Thomas, Star Theater director
Phone: 606.783.9593
Fax: 606.783.5040
email: star.theater@moreheadstate.edu

Click here to see information on show compatibility with Kentucky K-12 educational standards. 


Currently Available Programs

• Awesome Light III- 22 minutes- Climb into the thin air near the summit of Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano where cutting edge research in astronomy is being conducted. Share the excitement and wonder as we examine how near Earth asteroids are explored with the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility. Discover how supernovae detected by the University of Hawaii's 2.2 meter telescope UH88 and what it can teach us about the size and age of our universe. View our Milky Way galaxy in a new way with UKIRT, the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope. Hear the personal stories of discovery and inspiration from Hawaiian students using the University of Hawaii Hilo's 36 inch Hoku Kea telescope. Produced by SkySkan for the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii.

Awesome Light III Teacher Resource Packet

Awesome Light III Corresponding Standards


• Cosmic Colors - Grades 5 and above - 31 minutes- Cosmic Colors will take you on a wondrous journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Discover the many reasons for color—like why the sky is blue and why Mars is red. Tour the interior of a plant leaf, voyage through a human eye, then step into the invisible universe as you investigate x-rays by taking on a monstrous black hole. Explore the world of infrared in a roaring fire, and even discover what may have been the actual color of a dinosaur. Get ready for an amazing adventure under a rainbow of cosmic light! An original production of the Daniel M. Soref Planetarium in cooperation with the Great Lakes Planetarium Association. 

Cosmic Colors Teacher Resource Packet

Cosmic Colors Corresponding Standards

• Forces of Nature- Closer Than You'd Ever Want to Be-40 minutes- Witness the awesome power and the unimaginable destruction of explosive volcanoes, ground-buckling earthquakes, and deadly Tornadoes as you head into the filed withe scientists who risk their lives exploring the origins and behaviors of these fearsome natural disasters. Produced by National Geographic and Geographic Flims, Inc. During this program, students will venture to the brink of an erupting volcano on the Caribbean island of Montserrat; discover how the history of massive, city-leveling earthquakes in turkey is helping scientists predict where and when the next quake will strike and crisscross the Midwest's infamous "Tornado Alley" with storm chasers racing to unlock the secrets of monster twisters.

Forces of Nature Corresponding Standards


• Awesome Light II- 23 minutes- How do we see the invisible? By looking using different kinds of eyes! Awesome Light 2 takes the audience to Maunakea and the radio and submillimeter observatories located there. In this episode we see the remnants a comet collision with Jupiter using the Smithsonian Submillimeter Array, fly into the heart of our Milky Way Galaxy an see gas flows there from James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, study star formation in the famous Whirlpool Galaxy from Caltech Submillimeter Observatory, and explore at the largest black hole and jet in the Universe with the Very Long Baseline array. The program uses dramatic footage of each of these observatories and displays their science results.


Awesome Light II Teacher Resource Packet

Awesome Light II Corresponding Standards


• Earth, Moon & Sun - 35 Minutes- Earth, Moon, & Sun explores the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. His confusion about the universe makes viewers think about how the Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system. Native American stories are used throughout the show to help distinguish between myths ans science. The program helps viewers understand why the Sun rises and sets, along with the basics of solar energy. The Moon's orbit, craters, phases and eclipses along with past and future space exploration to the moon and beyond are explored. While appropriate for general audiences, students in grade two through five will enjoy this look at the Earth, Moon and Sun system. 


Earth, Moon & Sun Teacher Resource Packet

Earth, Moon & Sun Corresponding Standards


• Cosmic Journey- 40 Minutes- Cosmic Journey uses images from NASA's Great observatories to tell the story of the universe from a uniquely human perspective. Drift through images from the Hubble Space Telescope and other Nasa Great Observatories as Cosmic Journey takes you on a full dome experience like no other narrated by Astrophysicist Stacy Palen. 

Cosmic Journey Teacher Resource Packet

Cosmic Journey Corresponding Standards


• Expanded View- 23 Minutes- Expanded View explores some of the most beautiful deep space objects through the eyes of the Hubble, Spitzer and Chandra Space Telescopes. Each of these observing platforms view the universe through a differ part of the electromagnetic spectrum; Hubble in visible light, Spitzer in infrared and Chandra in X-ray. Expanded View focuses on how scientists use these telescope together to enhance our scientific understanding. 

Expanded View Teacher Resource Packet

Expanded View Corresponding Standards


• The Nature of Science- 21 Minutes- The Nature of Science is designed to communicate what Science is and how Scientists work. Featuring interviews with Weber State University Science faculty as they discuss their work, The Nature of Science is intended to communicate "what science is, how science works and how you can get involved". 

Nature of Science Teacher Resource Packet


• One World, One Sky - 27 Minutes (A Program for Preschool, Kindergarten & 1st Grade)-While Elmo and Big Bird live in the United States their friend Hu Hu Zhu lives far away in China. Join the characters of Sesame Street as they discover that even though they live far apart they still see the same stars at night! Be sure to ask for the 53 page Teacher's Guide or Facilitator's Guide that includes Pre and Post visit activities that accompany the Program. 


• Dawn of the Space Age- 41 minutes- Re-live the excitement of the early days of space exploration, from the launch of the first artificial satellite to the magnificent lunar landings and privately operated space flights. Be immersed and overwhelmed with this most accurate historic reconstruction of man’s first steps into space. Who were these men and women that took part in these death-defying endeavors? Witness their drive, their passion, and their perseverance to explore, in Dawn of the Space Age.

Dawn of the Space Age Teacher Resource Packet
Dawn of the Space Age Corresponding Standards


• Stars- 26 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. The stunning animation highlighted by astronauts, spacecraft, telescopes, nebulas, clusters, and more, was created by the talented team of the National Space Centre (Leicester, UK). This dramatic program features the voice talent of Mark Hamill. The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Albert-George Schram, resident conductor, performed part of the "Stars" soundtrack. 

Stars Teacher Resource Packet
Stars Corresponding Standards


• Black Holes- 25 minutes- Narrated by Academy Award winning actor Geoffrey Rush and presenting the latest scientific information, this new planetarium show brings to life all that is fascinating and extreme in the world of black holes. Witness what would happen if you got too close to one and see how a black hole is able to warp time and space. No longer the stuff of science fiction, the discovery of the black hole has been a triumph of modern science, an incredible journey from imagination to reality. 

Black Holes Teacher Resource Packet
Black Holes Corresponding Standards

• Infinity Express- 23 minutes- Infinity Express takes the audience on an exciting journey of discovery, from the search of the solar system to the mapping of the universe. Some of the best space visualization agencies from around the world, including the Space Telescope Science Institute and the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne University of Technology, contributed to the production, interpreting the script developed between the writer and experts from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix) elegantly narrates the production, a remarkable blend of science, art, and entertainment that dramatically communicates the latest breakthroughs in our quest to understand the universe. …and the universe is slowly offering up its secrets. 

Infinity Express Teacher Resource Packet


• Origin Of Life- 24 minutes- Origins of Life deals with some of the most profound questions of life science: the origin of life and the human search for life beyond Earth. Starting with the Big Bang, in chronological order, the show deals with pre-biotic chemistry in the universe, the formation of stars, formation of solar systems, and the first life on Earth. Furthermore, Origins of Life covers the great extinctions as well as our search for (primitive) life beyond planet Earth. Origins of Life is a motivational journey through time and a celebration of life on Earth. It features many recent discoveries related to life science, demonstrating to the youth that if there was ever a time that science made it greatest advances, it would be right now! Narrated by Lord Robert Winston. 

Origin of Life Teacher Resource Packet

Origin of Life Corresponding Standards


• Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope– 24 minutes- 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 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. 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. During their conversation with the astronomer, they also learn about the discoveries of Galileo, Huygens, Newton, Hubble and many others. All sky images and full dome video will transport the planetarium audiences to some of the largest observatories in the world, as well as places of historical significance. The soundtrack was recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra. 

Two Small Pieces of Glass Teacher Resource Packet

Two Small Pieces of Glass Corresponding Standards


• Season of Light- 35 minutes (Holiday Program)- An elegant, sophisticated non-denominational presentation for the winter holiday season. Naturally, there is some astronomy in Season of Light. We catch a few Northern winter constellations, illustrate why we even have seasons, and explore the possible astronomical explanations for a “star over Bethlehem” in the last quarter of the show. Narrated by National Public Radio’s Noah Adams. 

Season of Light Teacher Resource Packet
Season of Light Corresponding Standards


• Tour of the Universe live program- 25 minutes- Tour of the Universe is a live program that takes visitors on a trip from the surface of Planet Earth to the edge of the known universe and back. Along the way the audience learns about our place in the solar system, the size and scale of the universe and what we have come to understand about its structure. 

Tour of the Universe Teacher Resource Packet
Tour of the Universe Corresponding Standards


• Legends of the Night Sky– Perseus and Andromeda- 18 minutes (Laser Program)- Perseus and Andromeda is 18 minutes of full-dome fun, while also teaching children and adults the Greek mythological story about the constellations. Perseus and Andromeda engages the audience with a wonderful story filled with humorous and exciting characters. 

• Legends of the Night Sky: Orion– 23 minutes (Laser Program)- Legends of the Night Sky: Orion takes a lighthearted and imaginative look at the myths and stories associated with the constellation Orion, the great hunter of the winter sky. The show brings the mythological Orion to life in a fun-filled, animated adventure. Accompanied by narrators Aesop the owl and Socrates the mouse, we follow Orion's adventures as he grows to manhood, battles mythical beasts, foils the plot of an evil king and wins the heart of Artemis, the beautiful moon-goddess. By the end of the story, we learn how the constellation Orion was placed in the sky, forever turning overhead throughout the seasons. 

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