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Celestial Sphere

Celestial Sphere

Rotation and revolution, day and night, seasons and moon cycles, demonstrated in age-appropriate fashion. This live lecture-demonstration in the Strasenburgh Planetarium Star Theater aims to help students prepare for the Regents Earth Science exam. The hemispherical dome of the Theater serves as an accurate model of the celestial sphere. Observe and predict the apparent daily paths of the sun and stars in the Planetarium sky. Measure the height of the midday sun in units of degrees, using the Planetarium's meridian. Note how the sun's paths change as a function of season and latitude (inferring, generalizing, identifying variables). Observe the apparent motion of stars around Polaris, the North Star, due to Earth's rotation. Observe the order and sequence of the phases of the moon. Watch computer animations illustrating the how the tilt of Earth's axis causes seasons.


Strasenburgh Planetarium is currently closed for renovations, but new and exciting shows are coming soon! Call now to reserve show times in 2019.

Subjects: Space Systems
Program Type: Planetarium Shows

Where is it?

Strasenburgh Planetarium

When is it?

Days Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Start Date: 09/17/2018
Program Length: 50 min.
Earliest Start Time: 9am

Who Should Attend?

Grades: 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade
Maximum Attendence: 120

How Much Does It Cost?

Cost: Planetarium Group Admission (for 1 show): $7 per person; 1 free adult with every 5 students; RMSC Member Adults free; COMBO: $3 additional charge when adding to Museum Group Admission or another Planetarium Show Admission

How To Book?

Call: 585.697.1942
Reservation Timeframe: 3 Wks

Need More Information?

Name: Member & Visitor Services
Phone: 585.697.1942

Other Information


Next Generation Science Standards PS3.B, PS4.B, ESS1.A, ESS1.B, ESS1.C, ESS2.C, ESS2.D, ETS1.A

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