The Glastonbury Planetarium welcomes all Glastonbury students, teachers and parents. The planetarium is available FREE of charge to all Glastonbury classes. The Glastonbury Planetarium offers out-of-this-world learning experiences. Our programs will immerse your students in stunning visualizations in the unigue environment of the planetarium.
Grade K - 5 have specific GPS Science program requirements.
Grade 6 - 8 have specific GPS Science program requirements.
Grades 9 - 12 can select from our extensive library of fulldome Space Shows, Giant Screen films and live classes.
Feel free to select a program that best fits your interests and curiosities from a library of fulldome movies, IMAX films and live presentations.
Virtual Field Trips
As a service to the community as well as students and families everywhere we are providing three options for “virtual field trips” to the planetarium! These lessons and shows utilize the same state-of-the-art software found in the Glastonbury Planetarium. They are designed to be great supplements to online and homeschool lessons students are already doing while staying-at-home, as well as for face-to-face classroom teachers looking for an interactive virtual field trip experience for their students.
1. Watch from Home - A of variety of planetarium shows have been formated for viewing on your screen. Click here!
2. FREE live and interactive planetarium shows on our Facebook website through FB Live. Follow our Facebook page for more information at https://www.facebook.com/glastonburyplanetarium/
3. Reserve a private 60 -90-minute live virtual planetarium field trip. Programs are led by Astronomer/Educator Jason T. Archer with decades of experience working with students and the public.
Grades K - 5 Virtual Grade Level Planetarium Experiences
Grade K - One World, One Sky
Grade 1 - The Moon
Grade 2 - Life of Trees
Grade 3 - Earth & Our Human Impact
Grade 4 - Dynamic Earth
Grade 5 - Earth, Moon, Sun & Sky
Grades 6 - 8 Virtual Grade Level Planetarium Experiences
Grade 6 - Origins of Life
Grade 7 - Planet Earth
Grade 8 - Concepts of Physics
Immerse yourself in the adventure and extremes of spacecraft engineering in From Dream To Discovery: Inside NASA. This fascinating 30-minute show about space engineering begins with an exploration of the Hubble Space Telescope, with its many intricate parts that must work together to help this observatory achieve great things. From there, we explore the James Webb Space Telescope, currently under construction and testing at NASA. Finally, the show explores the New Horizons mission to Pluto, revealing the engineering challenges the mission has faced in its 10-year headlong rush to a distant and fascinating world.
Big Astronomy: People, Places, Discoveries explores three observatories located in Chile, at extreme and remote places. It gives examples of the multitude of STEM careers needed to keep the great observatories working. The show is narrated by Barbara Rojas-Ayala, a Chilean astronomer. A great deal of astronomy is done in the nation of Chile, due to its special climate and location, which creates stable, dry air. With its high, dry, and dark sites, Chile is one of the best places in the world for observational astronomy. The show takes you to three of the many telescopes along Chile’s mountains. It takes many people with diverse backgrounds, talents, and skills to run a world-class observatory. Meet these people and share in the wonder of the sky—and the excitement of discovery.
Grades 9 - 12 Virtual Grade Level Planetarium Experiences
The Sky Tonight (Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter)
The Ever-Changing Sky
The Planets Show
Life Cycle of Stars
The Deep Sky: Nebula, Star Clusters, Galaxies
Fire & Ice: Asteroids, Comets and Meteors
Universe: The Grand Tour
Exoplanets : The Search for Life
The Red Planet: Life, Water & Robots
StarGazing 101: A Beginner's Guide
Full Dome Space Shows
Large Format Films
About Virtual FieldTrips
30-90 minute long, live and interactive planetarium programs.
Streamed to your device(s) using the Zoom platform.
Uses the same planetarium software used in our dome theater, Digistar 6.
Our programs have been carefully aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and to the GPS Elementary Science Curriculum.
Stable internet connection with ability to use Zoom required for live and interactive field trip.
If possible dim the lights in the classroom and/or project the presentation for all to see.
Steps to Reserving a Virtual field Trip
Lead teacher will submit an online reservation request form: 2021 - 2022 GPS Planetarium Reservation Form
Our Planetarium Coordinator will be in contact with you to confirm your reservation.
Security and Interacting During the Virtual Field Trip
All students are expected to follow the district's Technology Acceptable Use Policy, including the responsibility for maintaining online etiquette and privacy. At no time should the student, nor anyone else at home, record or share/post recordings of class activities without the clear consent of the teacher. As the policy states, "Infringement upon, or disrespect of, the rights of other members or users may result in the loss of network privileges ... ."
Thank you for discussing this important topic with your child(ren),
You will receive a dedicated, password protected Zoom link for your scheduled virtual field trip.
All students will initially be placed in the Zoom waiting room, prior to the start of the field trip. Teachers/Instructors will help approve all students signing in to the virtual field trip.
Students' mics will be muted by the host. Students will be able to interact with the Planetarium Coordinator (i.e. asking and answering question) by using the monitored chat room.
Classroom teachers/instructors will serve as co-moderators of their students' chats and interactions during the virtual field trip.