Beazley Planetarium Educational Offerings

The Beazley Planetarium offers a rather extensive catalog of full dome features that can be the central focus of your visit. We offer titles dealing with various topics like volcanoes, dinosaurs, Earth history, mythology, space travel and technology as well as offerings from the Magic Treehouse book series. Please call to request your personalized visit.

Length of Session: 55 minutes

Maximum Number of Guests: 63 (can be split into smaller groups and combined with a self-guided visit or additional educational offering)

Grade Levels: Recommended grade levels are listed for each show but may be adapted to meet the particular needs of your visit

Colors From Space
Science: 5.3 b, d, e

What can we learn about stars and planets from their colors? Explore color through a series of activities and lesson. Learn how we are able to see color and how we use light to discover the wonders of the universe.

Moon, Motions and Mysteries
Science: 3.8 a, 4.8 a, b, c, 4.9 a, 6.8 a, b, e, g

The Earth, Moon and Solar relationship is dynamically illustrated in this planetarium lesson. Through a series of activities, and mini lessons an understanding of the causes of day and night, the seasons, moon phases and eclipses will be developed.

Water Water Everywhere
Science: 3.9 a, b, c, 4.9 a, 6.7

Follow along on water’s journey through the water cycle. This cycle is dynamically illustrated with our full dome feature presentation. Our Layered Earth application takes your students to the Virginia’s rivers for a tour of the Chesapeake Bay’s watershed and to its salt marshes, bays and ocean. You can even make a model of the water cycle to hold in your hand.

Climate in a Changing World
Science: 3.4, 3.9 | 4.6 | 6.6 | 6.7 | 6.8

Explore the inner workings of the Earth’s climate system. This presentation uses visualizations based on satellite monitoring data as well as supercomputer simulation to track the energy flow from the sun into the systems that shape our climate. Ride on swirling ocean currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, even come face to face with sharks and whales. Later, study climate factors on our giant Layered Earth application.

Solar System Secrets
Science: 3.9, 4.7, 6.8

Our robotic tour guide Toggle wants to whisk you off on a whirlwind tour of the solar system. Get up close and personal with the planets, moons, asteroids, comets and the Sun. Later explore the relative sizes of the planets in our scale model of the solar system and learn why Pluto is not a planet anymore.

Catch a Star
Science: ES 13

Every star has a story! Some are as old as time, faint almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in spectacular ways. Come journey through the universe on a survey of the stars. Think our Sun is an average star? Think again! Learn about the true sizes of stars as well as the relationship between temperature, color and brightness of the stars.

One World One Sky
Science: K 4, K 8, K 10 1.6

Join Big Bird and his friends on an exciting discovery of the Sun, Moon, stars and constellations. Stick around and our staff will take you on a tour of the current night sky to see if you can identify the Big Dipper and the North Star.

Science: Pre K, K 8, K 10

Our friendly star “Sunshine” loves to count, sing and play! Sunshine wants to teach our very youngest guests about colors, near and far, shadows! Later our staff will take guests on an amazing tour of the current sky to locate all of Sunshine’s brothers and sisters.

Our Sky Tonight
Tailored to your particular needs.

Stars, planets, moons, constellations – take the tour using your own star map to find the way in our seasonal, classic, live presentation. Our planetarium staff can tailor this presentation for your particular grade level and can include the latest celestial events.

Skywatchers of Africa and Follow the Drinking Gourd
Science: 3.8
History and Social Science: 1, VS. 4, US1.2, US1.5

For thousands of year, African have used their knowledge of the sky to build their societies, shape their spiritual lives and meet their physical needs for survival. This presentation highlights the diversity of African astronomy, examines cultural uses of the sky and celebrates our shared human experience. Analyze the celestial clues hidden within the Follow the Drinking Gourd folk song first published in 1928. This song supposedly used by the Underground Railroad offered hope to a people in an escape to freedom.