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Planetarium Homeschool Student Center

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For the sixth consecutive year, the RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium offers astronomy courses for homeschool families with students around 12 to 15 years old looking for scientific challenge and substance.

These are multiple-session courses, each session building on the previous ones. All sessions are on Wednesday mornings from 10–11:30am

Each 90-minute session is divided between activities and discussions in the Planetarium lobby and sky lessons and programs in the Star Theater. The Planetarium building is closed to the public during our sessions. Parents are always welcome, either to sit at the side of the room or work alongside their students. Enrollment is limited to 25 students.

Prerequisites: None, except a desire to learn and willingness to support a learning environment for others.

Required for Enrollment: A parent or guardian’s functioning e-mail address.

This fall and winter the Planetarium is offering the following courses:



Three Wednesdays, 10–11:30am
Sept. 6, 13, 27

(Excludes Sept. 20)

This month, the Cassini space probe, in orbit around Saturn for the last fourteen years, enters Saturn's atmosphere and burns up as a meteor, bringing its mission to an end. In this course, we learn how to find Saturn in the sky, this year and in future years, and we explore the new understandings Cassini has brought us about the planet, its rings and moons.



From Stars to Life

Ten Wednesdays, 10–11:30am
Oct. 4, 18, 25; Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29; Dec. 6, 13, 20

(Excludes Oct. 11 and Nov. 22)

We now have physical evidence for over 3500 planets orbiting other suns. We have not yet found Earth 2.0 or any signs of life elsewhere, but we have learned much in the last decade about the kinds of planets and stellar environments that exist out there. In this course we aim to make the connection from the colorful stars we see in the winter sky to the big question: are we alone?



Space, Time and Black Holes

Three Wednesdays, 10–11:30am

Jan. 3, 10, 17

Recent observations of gravitational waves by the LIGO instrument have provided clear and detailed evidence that black holes are real. In this course we stretch our comprehension to explore how distortions in space and time are related to extreme gravity and the most bizarre objects in our universe.



Three Course Package

Sixteen Wednesdays, 10–11:30am  
Sept. 6–Jan.17

(Excludes Sept. 20, Oct. 11, Nov. 22 and Dec. 27)

Register for all three homeschool courses to explore our universe throughout the fall and winter. Courses include Saturn, From Stars to Life and Time and Black Holes.


Interested in other Homeschool Opportunities at the RMSC? Visit our Homeschool Programs page.

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