Banneker Planetarium: "Investigating Earth and Space"

The changes in the day and night sky will be shown. As the night progresses, various constellations will be pointed out. The effects of the Earth's rotation as seen from the North Pole and from the equator will also be demonstrated.

The daytime sky from off in space will be the backdrop for the effects of the yearly revolutions of the Earth and other planets around the Sun. The causes of the seasonal changes will be evident. The looping paths of the planets will be explained as will be the changing phases of the Moon. Both lunar and solar eclipses will be illustrated. The effects of the Earth's 26,000-year wobble will be witnessed in speeded-up fashion.

Word list

Rotation Constellation
North celestial pole Gibbous
Eclipse Precession
Revolution Orbit
Ecliptic Zodiac
Retrograde Solstice
Celestial equator Equinox
Show is appropriate for Third Grade through Sixth Grade and can be adapted for Seventh Grade through Twelfth Grade.