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Planetarium School Programs


Below is a list of shows available to schools for field trips. All programs listed are offered Monday through Friday during the school year by reservation.



Wildest Weather in the Solar System Wildest Weather in the Solar System
Grades 4 and up
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Join us on a spectacular journey to witness the most beautiful, powerful, and mysterious weather phenomena in the solar system. From a storm the size of a 100-megaton hydrogen bomb to a 400-year-old hurricane to a dust tempest that could engulf entire planets, you'll be glad you live on Earth!
25 minutes


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Perfect Little Planet Perfect Little Planet
Grades 2 and up
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Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes - a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda, sail through the rings of Saturn, feel the lightning storms at Jupiter, and walk on the surface of Mars. This is the solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.
36 minutes


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Saturn: Jewel of the Heavens Saturn: Jewel of the Heavens
Grades 3 and up
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From its bizarre moons with mysterious features to the millions of icy particles that compose the enigmatic rings, this is a three-dimensional tour of the Saturnian system that includes information about our solar system as well.
36 minutes


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Earth, Moon and Sun Earth, Moon and Sun
Grades 1 and up
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How do the Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system, and what is the myth and science behind it? Why does the Sun rise and set? Why do we see different constellations during different seasons? What is an eclipse? Learn about the Moon's phases and orbit. Explore past and future space travel to our moon and beyond.
30 minutes


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Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
Grades 3 and up
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There's a place from which nothing escapes, not even light, where time and space literally come to an end. It's at this point, inside this fantastic riddle, that black holes exert their sway over the cosmos. Zip through otherworldly wormholes, experience the creation of the Milky Way Galaxy, and witness the violent death of a star and subsequent birth of a black hole.
23 minutes


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Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope
Grades 3 and up
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While looking through the astronomer's telescope, the planetarium audience explores the Galilean Moons, Saturn's rings, and the spiral structure of galaxies, learning about the discoveries of Galileo, Huygens, Newton, Hubble and many others. This program traces the history of the telescope from Galileo's modifications to a child's spyglass - using two small pieces of glass - to the launch of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy.
25 minutes


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Dawn of the Space Age Dawn of the Space Age
Grades 3 and up
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Treat your students to a historically accurate reconstruction of man's first steps into space beginning with the launch of Sputnik and ending with the new private space exploration. This program teaches science as well as history providing a greatly enhanced immersive planetarium experience.
40 minutes


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Secret of the Cardboard Rocket Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
Grades 2 and up
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Climb aboard a magical cardboard rocket with two young adventurers and experience a breathtaking, up-close look at each of our Solar System's planets with guidance from their astronomy book. Discover the secret to making this seemingly impossible trip to the edges of the universe and back, and gain a new sense of wonder about space along the way!
40 minutes


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Mystery of the Christmas Star Mystery of the Christmas Star
Grades 3 and up
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This modern reference to the traditional Christmas story investigates possible dates for the birth of Christ and looks at recorded sightings of significant astronomical events during this important time in history. What signs in the sky might have been so intriguing as to cause three wise men to cross a desert in search of a newborn King? Mystery of the Christmas Star will answer all of these questions and more, while charming audiences of all ages.
29 minutes


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To schedule a visit to the Planetarium, please call the reservations office at (559) 733-6433.
Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Tulare County Office of Education
Planetarium & Science Center
11535 Avenue 264, Visalia, CA 93277

Conan Palmer
Planetarium & Science Center Supervisor
(559) 733-6433 • fax: (559) 730-2747



Jim Vidak, County Superintendent of Schools
Tulare County Office of Education
All mail to: P.O. Box 5091, Visalia, CA 93278-5091
Physical address: 6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA 93277
phone: (559) 733-6300 • fax: (559) 627-5219

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