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Portable Universe Planetarium

Portable Universe Planetarium

Our Portable Universe planetarium brings the whole universe to your students, with interactive digital planetarium programs presented live at the Museum or at your school.

Sponsored by Lockheed Martin

The high resolution and vibrant color gives students the sensation of sitting under starry night skies or bending the laws of physics to travel anywhere in the known universe.

The inflatable dome of the Portable Universe accommodates one class at a time, which allows our planetarium educators to tailor each presentation to the learning needs of your students. Portable Universe programs accommodate up to 29 participants, depending on students’ ages (Grades K-5, up to 29 participants; Grades 6-8, up to 25 participants; Grades 9+, up to 22 participants). Teacher should be included in head count.

Setup Requirements
Most schools find the gymnasium or multipurpose room the best location for presentations, as the planetarium requires a large, air-conditioned room with dimensions of at least 25 feet by 25 feet floor space and 20 feet overhead clearance. Schools failing to measure properly will not be refunded for cancelled programs due to insufficient space. The Portable Universe cannot be set up outdoors or on a stage. Access to a 110V electric outlet is required to run the planetarium. Please allow 40-60 minutes prior to the first program and following the final program for setup and takedown of the Portable Universe.

One World, One Sky *†

Join Big Bird, Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu in an imaginary trip to the moon. This 25-minute planetarium movie, with live information included by our staff, follows the Sesame Street friends as they explore the sun, moon and stars, including the Big Dipper and North Star. Through this imaginary journey, students discover that no matter where we may live on Earth, we are all connected under the same sky.

Spanish movie version is available; please inquire about availability when booking.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
Science TEKS:
K – 2ae, 3c, 6cd, 8bc

The Sky at Night *†

Students observe the sun, moon and stars to uncover patterns astronomers see in the sky. Students will enjoy learning how to locate planets visible at the time of their program, and a virtual tour to these distant worlds will encourage them to test their knowledge of the changes they see in the sky. This program focuses on Earth's rotation and revolution around the moon and the planets.

The Sky at Night is presented live so that it may be tailored to meet the learning needs of your students.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
Science TEKS:
1st – 2ae, 3bc, 6cd, 8bc
2nd – 2aef, 3bc, 8d
3rd – 2d, 3acd, 8bcd
4th – 2d, 3acd, 8c
5th – 2bd, 3acd, 8bcd

The Sky at Night Secondary *†

Explore the wonders of the universe in our most comprehensive planetarium program. Using the planetarium as a science visualization space, your students’ questions direct the content and flow of The Sky at Night, Secondary, giving them a chance to explore the universe in a tangible way. This program focuses on stellar evolution and is well-suited for both cultural and scientific studies.

The Sky at Night, Secondary is presented live so that it may be tailored to meet the learning needs of your students.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
Science TEKS:
6th – 1a, 3abcd, 11abc
7th – 1a, 3abcd, 9ab
8th – 1a, 3abcd, 7ac, 8abde, 10a
HS Astronomy – 1a, 3abcd, 4abcd, 5abc, 6abc

The Sky at Night, Jr. *†

Have you ever looked up and seen a sky full of stars? People who lived long ago looked up at the sky and noticed the movements of the sun, moon, stars and planets. This planetarium program invites your students to help recreate the stories told long ago by those looking into the night sky.

The Sky at Night, Jr. is presented live so that it may be tailored to meet the learning needs of your students.

Grade and TEKS Objectives:
Science TEKS:
K – 2ae, 3c, 6cd, 8bc

Portable Universe Planetarium
Program Events

One World, One Sky *†
The Sky at Night *†
The Sky at Night Secondary *†
The Sky at Night, Jr. *†