Until further notice, all planetarium sessions are cancelled due to the COVID-19 school shutdown. Continue to check the website for further information as we move forward through this health crisis. We are looking forward to meeting you all under the stars once again. Be safe and stay healthy! Please check our website and Facebook group for updates on programming.
The Glastonbury Planetarium is the most technologically advanced digital theater in Connecticut. The Planetarium educates students from Glastonbury and surrounding towns and, at the same time, serves as an educational and recreational resource for the entire community.
We offer curriculum focused classes for Glastonbury students, public shows on select Thursday nights and Saturdays, music concerts under the stars, field trip for schools and community groups throughout Connecticut, and birthday parties experiences.
Resources For Teachers & Parents & Interested People
While you are home and looking for one more thing to help with homeschooling or to entertain yourself or the family, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite websites. This is by no means a complete list of what’s out there. Check out our Virtual Planetarium for more content.
- Astronomy enthusiasts should also check out a monthly sky chart and viewing guide here.
- Astronomy picture of the day https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
- EarthSky, updates on the cosmos; astronomy news; sky events to look for; etc. https://earthsky.org/
- Spot the Station: looking for International Space Station in the night sky. Put in your zip code, click on a locator icon near your home, then click on “View sighting opportunities”. https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/
- Spaceweather, a website to explore the Sun-Earth system. Includes daily pictures of the Sun and aurora predictions. https://www.spaceweather.com/
- Space.com, astronomy news https://www.nasa.gov/
- NASA, news, activities, links to missions, and so much more. https://www.nasa.gov/
- Infiniscope, Use real NASA data as you do exploratory activities. https://infiniscope.org/
- WorldWide Telescope turns your computer into a telescope and brings together data and imagery from telescopes around the world; http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/webclient/
- News and discoveries from the Mauna Kea Observatories, https://maunakeaobservatories.org/our-news/
For Young Astronomers and Elementary Grades
- NASA’s Space Place, information and activities, geared towards young people, but written so all ages (adults too!) can understand ideas https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/
- SciJinks: It’s all about the Weather (sponsored by NOAA) SciJinks features information, illustrations, and learning tools. https://scijinks.gov/
- Storytime from Space (Astronauts aboard International Space Station reading picture books) https://storytimefromspace.com/
- My Sky Tonight, activities for Preschool / early learners from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. https://astrosociety.org/education-outreach/early-learners/my-sky-tonight.html
- StarChild is a learning center for young astronomers ages 5-13 to learn about the solar system, the Milky Way galaxy, and the universe beyond, https://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/StarChild.html
- Your Weight on Other Worlds, https://www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/weight/
For Middle and High School Grades
- Latest earthquakes from USGS https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/
- Khan Academy has a Cosmology & Astronomy section. https://www.khanacademy.org/science/physics/cosmology-and-astronomy?fbclid=IwAR3GexU3_uKAsQYod4AGZlTpQ3DnzgiLDvS0v0dgeXrz0udjjpO7U7KKxRo
- Podcasts from NASA’s Johnson Space Center https://www.nasa.gov/johnson/HWHAP
- Bad Astronomy, http://www.badastronomy.com/index.html