Educational Visits to the MCC Planetarium
IMPORTANT NOTE: Visits by K-12 groups are currently on hold. We hope to have more information by early August.
We have several planetarium shows that portray a range of topics in astronomy. See our show listings for information about each show.
In addition to planetarium videos, our all-digital planetarium system is also capable of displaying the planets, moons, and stars of the night sky in many ways. For example, the Planetarium can display:
- phases and motion of the Moon
- daily rotation of the starry sky
- annual motion of the Sun
- motions of the planets
- constellations and bright stars
- Milky Way, clusters of stars, bright nebulas
- other galaxies throughout the Universe
We can customize planetarium visits to a lesson plan and give students a visual astronomy feast! We also have outside space in the Astronomy Plaza in front of the Planetarium for hands-on activities and demonstrations.
Some of the hands-on activities we can provide are:
- Kitchen-Table Comets - make a "toy comet" from common household chemicals.
- Star Wheels - make a star wheel to find constellations in the night sky.
- Moon Wheels - make a Moon wheel to see how the Moon's appearance changes.
- Impact Cratering - make impact craters in flour and compare them to photos.
- Scale Solar System - see the real separations between the planets with a paper strip.
The Planetarium is directly accessible from the driveway off Dobson Road. A parking circle is available for buses or vans carrying students for drop-off at and pick-up from the Planetarium.