Enhance your educational vision with a visit from our Portable Planetarium at your school. Please review the information provided below before you register for a visit.
Portable Planetarium Requirements
- Your school MUST have an indoor location for the Portable Planetarium that meets the requirements below.
- The dome requires a 25’ square footprint, it is 11’ tall, and requires electricity. Your indoor location must meet these specifications.
- Seats approximately 25 – 30 people at a time.
- The teacher must be present inside the Planetarium during presentations.
- Presentations can be scheduled for anywhere between 20 – 30 minutes.
- Available for grade levels KG – 12th grade.
Portable Planetarium Fees
- Our Portable Planetarium is FREE to Polk County Schools.
- Out of County fees
- $150 set up fee
- $50 additional staff member fee
- .50 per mile to and from the Aerospace Center for Excellence
- When you receive a confirmation email you will receive an invoice with the total.
- Please make checks payable to the Aerospace Center for Excellence.
- The portable planetarium is available on Wednesday and Friday depending on availability.
- Time Availability
- The time slots you decide on depend on how many students you would like to participate (15-20 minute per presentation)
- Available time blocks are either 9:00 – 12:00 OR 12:00 – 3:00
- You must provide a planetarium presentation schedule for your class or classes for our ACE team to plan accordingly.
The Weather cylinder depicts the earth’s atmospheric circulation patterns including location of the wind systems and jet streams, as well as high and low air pressure masses. Enables students to interactively explore pressure systems, storm systems, longitude and latitude coordinate plotting and other global weather phenomena. Students can even investigate the significance of the wind systems on the routes of early explorers and lean how the jet streams influenced military decisions during World War II. Adds a new dimension to teaching earth science, weather patterns, the age of exploration, navigation and history.
This exciting cylinder projects scaled representations of the sun and the principal bodies of the solar system in color with tables of basic statistics. The enormous distances between the planets are shown to scale. The cylinder also features a colored depiction of the Milky Way Galaxy, complete with spiral arms and a scaled distance line. An indispensable aid for the teaching of astronomy for middle school and up!
Using the well-known constellation identification system of H. A. Rey, this cylinder features the 48 major constellations, the ecliptic and celestial equator, colorfully displayed for the ultimate in visual retention. Applications: Star identification, planetary positions and the path of the sun and moon. Useful at all grade levels to facilitate rapid orientation for outdoor observations.
Ninety-six deep sky objects on a background of 3000 stars (including many of the Messier objects) are coded for easy recognition. The cylinder shows variable and double stars, open clusters, nebulae and galaxies. Detailed identification numbers/symbols and the object’s location in right ascension and declination, as well as its relation to a nearby constellation, are shown. Applications: An excellent training device for learning telescope use. Perfect for junior high, high school and college students with an astronomy background.
This cylinder is a projection of the entire terrestrial globe including all of the earth’s land and ocean masses. Longitude is displayed at intervals of 15º, latitude is displayed every 10º, with a scale of projection of 1 inch = 40 miles. It is superior to flat maps in its total elimination of distortion, and is useful for studying weather patterns, ocean currents, time zones, social studies and current events. For the study of geography, earth science, geology and navigation.
A full projection of 3000 stars are displayed here against a background of the celestial coordinates, the ecliptic and the galactic equator. Right ascension is marked in 1-hour intervals, declination at 10° intervals, with precessional axis plus or minus 13,000-year increments. Extremely useful for angular measurement, location of faint celestial objects and spherical geometry. Applications: Physics, telescope use, positional astronomy, celestial navigation and precession at the junior high through college level.
This one million-time magnification of a composite cell demonstrates the workings of a one-celled organism. The processes of cellular digestion and reproduction are illustrated in vivid color. Endoplasmic reticulum, ribosomes, mitochondria, the Golgi complex, secretion vesicle, lysosomes, pinocytotic vesicles, microvilli, cilia, chromosomes and nucleolus are clearly displayed. An identification key is conveniently located on the cylinder. An ideal introduction to cellular biology.
This global projection is based on the work of Dr. Paul D. Lowman on the Continental Drift Theory at the Goddard Space Flight Center. This map shows active ridges, faults, spreading centers and volcanic activity over the past 1 million years. Identification keys are clearly visible, making earth science instruction at junior high through college levels easy to illustrate. For earth science and geology.
This cylinder, features both warm (red) and cold (blue) currents in the world’s oceans. Enable students to study the nature of currents, determine what causes them and discover the effects that the currents have on the earth. For earth science, weather patterns, the age of exploration, navigation and history.