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»
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 →
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 →
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 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 →
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 →
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 →