Explore our ever-changing sky and learn to recognize differences in the day and night sky including changes in the appearance of the moon.

Major Concepts To Be Explored:

  • Where do the stars go during the daytime?
  • Why do other stars look dimmer than the sun when they are actually brighter?
  • How does the Earth’s rotation cause day and night?
  • How does the Earth’s rotation cause the sun and moon to rise and set?
  • What are the different looks (or phases) of the moon?

Essential Standards:

1.E.1.1; 1.E.1.2

Goals of the Program:

To provide an opportunity for students to experience the ever-changing day and night sky.

Class Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Explain what happens to the stars during the daytime
  • Understand apparent motion
  • Conceptualize day and night
  • Explain how the moon changes from day to day
  • Identify at least three major constellations
  • Understand why the stars and constellations change with the seasons

Methods and Activities:

  • A brief introduction will familiarize students with the Starlab, including the concepts to be explored and behavioral expectations inside of the dome.
  • A Discovery Place Outreach educator will lead students through a presentation on the solar system as well as a tour of the night sky.
  • Students will examine the night sky in various forms and experience the seasonal changes in the night sky.
  • Students will discover how Greek constellations were named and listen to Greek Mythology stories that accompany constellations.

Key Vocabulary:

Stars, Moon, Waning, Waxing, Phases, Sun, Planetarium, Portable, Inflatable, Constellation

Set-up Needs:

  • Approximate set-up and clean-up times 60 minutes before and after program.
  • Teaching/presentation space must be accessible via wheeled cart.
  • Program will need to remain set up in one location and secured from students for the entire day if multiple programs are booked.
  • Access to electricity.
  • For safety reasons teachers must accompany students into the StarLab - it is not the StarLab presenter's duty to manage student behavior. If students are not properly supervised or behave in a dangerous manner inside the dome, students will be asked to leave and the presentation will come to an end.
  • Indoor area (usually a gym or multi-purpose room) with minimum clean floor area and ceiling height

Set-up Needs for Class Sizes Up to 30 Students:

  • Minimum clear floor area of: 11’ in height and 21 ‘x 21’ in width

Set-up Needs for Class Sizes Up to 50 Students:

  • Minimum clear floor area of: 16’ in height and 27 ‘x 27’ in width.

Call to Book

704.372.6261 x300
  • Pre K - Grade 2
  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • $150 first class / $125 each additional class (same class, same day) large dome is an additional $25 per program
  • 30 (SMALL DOME) OR 50 (LARGE DOME)