Sudekum Planetarium

An experience in the Sudekum Planetarium’s Turner Theatre promotes more than just understanding the stars and space exploration. Award-winning programs take audiences on tours of the solar system, or up close to erupting volcanoes and powerful tornadoes. Visit ancient Egypt to learn how the sky was used to tell time. Journey to exotic locations such as the Galapagos Islands, prehistoric oceans or even Sesame Street. Or, stay close to home and investigate the constellations and planets of our night sky.

The planetarium seats 166 people and programs are scheduled in one hour blocks.

Teacher support materials are conveniently placed below each program as downloadable documents. These include pre and post activities, vocabulary lists, suggested resources, exhibit connections, and Tennessee Science Standards Grade Level Expectations.

Now showing: We Are Astronomers allows you to step in the shoes of astronomers as you discover the global collaboration, technology and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe. Available for school groups. More info»


 

Astronaut

Experience a rocket launch. Float around. Discover the perils that lurk in space, and find out if you have what it takes to become an astronaut. Grades 4 & up The Earth: Standard 7 Motion: Standard 11 Download Teacher Support Materials read more →

Dawn of the Space Age

From Sputnik to the Space Shuttle and beyond, join the excitement of exploring the final frontier as we prepare for closer international cooperation and the dawn of commercial spaceflight. Grades 4 & up read more →

Dynamic Earth

Follow energy from the Sun to see how it affects Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, and biosphere. Ride along swirling ocean and wind currents; dive into the heart of a hurricane; and come face-to-face with sharks and other sea creatures to explore our dynamic Earth and its climate system. Grades 5 & Up read more →

Forces of Nature

Get up close to erupting volcanoes, devastating earthquakes, and powerful storms with scientists trying to understand what causes these dangerous natural events. Grades 3 & up The Universe: Standard 7 Forces in Nature: Standard 12 Motion: Standard 10 Download Teacher Support Materials read more →

Natural Selection: Darwin’s Mystery of Mysteries

Join young Charles Darwin on an adventurous voyage of exploration circumnavigating the globe on the HMS Beagle. Witness the thrill of scientific discovery by seeing the world through Darwin’s eyes. Make observations about the spectacular scenery and let the pieces of the scientific puzzle slowly but surely fall into place. Allow Darwin himself to reveal.. read more →

Nine Planets and Counting

How many planets are there in our solar system? Take a tour to explore the variety of objects that populate our solar system. And just what IS a planet, anyway? Grades 4 & Up The Earth: Standard 7 The Universe: Standard 6 Download Teacher Support Materials read more →

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure

Join Big Bird, Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu, their friend from China, as they learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, and the Moon. read more →

Our Place in Space

Discover the cause of day and night, learn about the Sun, the Earth, our solar system, and the stars while solving a crossword puzzle about the sky. (Second semester third graders often prefer Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast.) Grades 1 – 3 The Universe: Standard 6 The Earth: Standard 7 Motion Standard 10 Download Teacher Support.. read more →

Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast

Rusty Rocket leads a class of rookies on their first tour of the solar system to explain basic rocket science and the great distances between the planets. Grades 1 – 5 The Universe: Standard 6 The Earth: Standard 7 Motion: Standard 11 Download Teacher Support Materials read more →

Skies Over Nashville

Explore what’s up in the sky tonight: constellations, planets, and more. Ask questions and make requests during this live, interactive tour of the sky. Grades 3 & Up The Universe: Standard 6 The Earth: Standard 7 Download Teacher Support Materials read more →

Skywatchers of Africa

Africans have used the sky to enrich their spiritual lives, build societies, and meet their needs for survival. Experience the diversity of African astronomy and celebrate our shared human experience. Grades 5 & Up The Earth: Standard 7 The Universe: Standard 6 Download Teacher Support Materials read more →

STARS

Witness the explosive end of massive stars and the dramatic formation of others. Use the electromagnetic spectrum to see how stars create and release the energy that powers the universe. Grades 5 & Up The Earth: Standard 7 The Universe: Standard 6 Forces in Nature: Standard 12 Download Teacher Support Materials read more →

Stars of the Pharaohs

Discover how ancient Egyptians studied the skies to tell time, create calendars, and align gigantic monuments. Explore the connections they felt with the stars and other astronomical phenomena Grades 5 & up The Earth: Standard 7 The Universe: Standard 6 Download Teacher Support Materials read more →

We Are Astronomers

Do you know what an astronomer does? Today’s astronomer is not the lone observer of past centuries. We Are Astronomers reveals the global collaboration, technology and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe. Be an astronomer! Join us at a star party» Explore the Galaxy Zoo» Study craters at the Moon Zoo» Take.. read more →

Wonderful Sky

This live, participatory program allows your youngest students to explore the daytime and nighttime skies in the unique, multi-sensory environment of the planetarium. read more →


800 Fort Negley Blvd | Nashville, TN 37203 | Reservations: (615) 862-5177
HOURS: Daily 10 am - 5 pm every day except Thanksgiving & Christmas Day

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