Virtual Planetarium

Watch from Home

Below are a variety of planetarium shows that you can view on your screen at home. These award-winning shows, originally designed for an immersive planetarium, have been reformatted as stand-alone films for you. Some require you to email the planetarium for access. Email us at jarcher@crec.org and we'll happily send you a link.

Earth, Moon & Sun

This planetarium show explores the relationship between Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions. Learn the basics of fusion and solar energy and why the Sun rises and sets. Examine the Moon’s orbit, craters, phases and eclipses. (recommended for grades 2-5)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuZXKh6Uuao&fbclid=IwAR3YkxhAPerDTVuLWbls92pkOuIXIGg-krg6pHHTz5ZozhrtcxqA0DW-LKQ

Habitat Earth

Discover what it means to live in today’s connected world with Habitat Earth, an award-winning film that takes viewers on a journey through the vast networks of life on Earth. You'll learn how life changes our planet—and how we benefit from our connections to the life that surrounds us.

https://cptv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/habitat-earth/in-the-classroom/

Incoming!

Embark on a journey back in time and across the Solar System, following the paths of asteroids and comets that have collided with Earth—and those that roam far from home. These ancient objects travel billions of years before reaching Earth, and their impact can be so powerful that just one collision can change the course of life on our planet.

https://cptv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/incoming/incoming/

Fragile Planet

Leave Planet Earth behind as you fly to the farthest reaches of the Universe. Float up through Earth’s atmosphere, and gain an astronaut’s view of your home — the only planet currently known to support life. Then travel to the Moon, Mars, and even beyond the Milky Way to search for habitats that might support extraterrestrial life.

https://cptv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/fragile-planet/in-the-classroom/

Birth of Planet Earth

Birth of Planet Earth tells the twisted tale of our planet's origins. Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to a billion planets roughly the size of our own. The film employs advanced, data-driven, cinematic-quality visualizations to explore some of the greatest questions in science today: How did Earth become a living planet in the wake of our solar system's violent birth? What does its history tell us about our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like?

https://shows.es.com/shows//BirthOfPlanetEarth?k=07D33F23AA5B

Supervolcanoes

74,000 years ago on the island of Sumata, a volcanic eruption triggered the sudden and violent collapse of a vast regional plateau. But Earth has seen far larger eruptions. 250 million years ago in what is now Siberia, an eruption was probably responsible for the greatest episode of mass extinction in Earth's history. This award-winning show looks at a rare class of eruptions that marshaled the energy that lurks beneath the surface of planet Earth. Could another sleeping dragon be waiting to surprise us? Are there volcanoes on other planets and moons in our solar system? Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.

https://www.es.com/Shows/Supervolcanoes?k=B4AE5286BA61

Dynamic Earth

The award-winning Dynamic Earth explores the inner workings of Earth's climate system. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes.

https://www.es.com/Shows/DynamicEarth?k=CF56C673CC51

Invaders of Mars

This beautifully crafted show highlights our ongoing exploration of Mars. We explore the Martian surface as seen by Earth's various spacecraft "invaders" and use the data gathered to explore the red planet as only CGI can. We fly over the great chasms, canyons and volcanoes, descend amid the icy Martian polar cap, and withstand swirling dust devils. Blinded by the planet-wide storm that often engulf this world, we emerge with a new perspective on the red planet Mars. Narrated by Tom Baker, of the BBC's Dr. Who. Winner of four Telly Awards.

https://www.es.com/Shows/InvadersOfMars?k=C52992931372

Robot Explorers

Near the end of the twentieth century, we began launching unmanned probes into the far reaches of the solar system. What they discovered was amazing and in some cases unexpected. Now after dozens of probes have been deployed, the exploration continues. New space missions are underway, and many of these robust spacecraft are still operational, beaming their knowledge back to Earth every day. We will pay tribute to these robots who have explored in our stead and experience what they have taught us about our solar system. Narrated by Brent Spiner of TV's Star Trek: The Next Generation. Telly Award Winner.

https://www.es.com/Shows/RobotExplorers?k=A18CCCAA592D

Secret Lives of Stars

Not all stars are created equal. Some are massive. Others are tiny; almost insignificant. The specific characteristics of a star will determine what type of life it will lead, how long it might live and even the type of death it will die. We will witness the amazing variety of stars and peer into their secret lives. Narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart of TV's Star Trek: The Next Generation and the X-Men films. Winner of 4 Telly Awards.

https://www.es.com/Shows/SecretLivesOfStars?k=750940D2F46E

Unseen Universe

For millions of years, our view of the heavens has been limited by our eyes, allowing us to only see a narrow band of electromagnetic radiation we call visible light. For the first time ever, in the greatest breakthrough since the invention of the telescope, we now have the technology to capture the Universe over an amazing width of the spectrum and beyond. We can even interlink telescopes around the world to capture data on a global scale.

https://www.es.com/Shows/UnseenUniverse?k=57016329DEAF

Legends of the Night Sky: Orion

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.

https://vimeo.com/408034424

Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus & Andromeda

Perseus and Andromeda is a fun-filled story of the beautiful but unfortunate princess Andromeda, who in divine punishment for her mother’s bragging, is sacrificed to a sea monster—and rescued by the Greek hero Perseus. Brought to life by animated narrators Aesop the owl and Socrates the mouse as we follow Perseus on his quest to become a hero and slay Medusa. We learn how the constellations of the fall season were placed in the sky, forever turning overhead throughout the seasons. Preview link: https://vimeo.com/404669548

Little Star that Could

“The Little Star That Could” is a story about Little Star, an average yellow star in search for planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars combine to form star clusters and galaxies. Eventually, Little Star finds his planets. Preview link: https://vimeo.com/404749027

The Moon

Observe the Moon, it's surface features, it's rising and setting during the day, and it's changing shape in the sky. (recommended for K-2) Part 1: https://vimeo.com/404849392; Part 2: https://vimeo.com/404850139; Part 3: https://vimeo.com/404851110

The Weather

Children use their senses to observe the weather, learn different cloud types and how they can help with weather forecasting. We learn about different types of weather instruments, and follow a water droplet through the water cycle. (recommended for K-2) Part 1: https://vimeo.com/404857973; Part 2: https://vimeo.com/404866121; Part 3: https://vimeo.com/405010238


Dinosaurs at Dusk: The Origins of Flight

A learning adventure of a father and his teenage daughter, Lucy, who share a fascination for all things that fly. You'll travel back in time to meet the pterosaurs and the ancestors of modern day birds: the feathered dinosaurs. Lucy and her father will navigate from continent to continent to look for clues for the origins of flight until time runs out and they experience first-hand the cataclysmic last day of the dinosaurs. https://vimeo.com/411565154/6dcb687579

Mars 1001

An international crew of astronauts is about to embark on the first interplanetary journey in history, the first manned mission to the surface of Mars. Reporter Miles O'Brien is reporting live from his Space Headquarters TV Studio in New York while events unfold for the crew on their 1001 day long mission. We will witness firsthand their brave attempts to put human footprints on Mars and return safely to Earth. This journey is made possible by the biggest engineering feat ever and loaded with scientific experiments. The explorers will be extending our knowledge of Mars and will be learning whether or not mankind has a future among the stars. Experience the thrill of the grandest mission of exploration ever undertaken! Vimeo Link

Origins of Life

Origins of Life deals with some of the most profound questions of life science: the origins of life and the human search for life beyond Earth. Starting with the Big Bang, in chronological order, the show deals with the prebiotic 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 inspirational journey through time and a celebration of life on Earth. It features many recent discoveries related to life science, demonstrating that if there was ever a time that science made its greatest advances, it's right now! For access to this show please email us at jarcher@crec.org