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The Accidental Astronauts
Recommended grades: K – 2
Keywords: Earth, Moon, Solar System, Sun
Runtime: 32 minutes
Follow the adventures of Cy, Annie, and their dog Armstrong as they embark on an unexpected journey into space. Explore Earth, the sun and the moon with a wisecracking spaceship computer. See an asteroid crash into the moon. Bounce along with them on the lunar surface. Get up close and personal with a solar storm. And gain a new appreciation of our home planet. The Accidental Astronauts is a space adventure for all ages.
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Attack of the Space Pirates
Recommend grades: 4 – 8
Keywords: Aliens, Black Holes, Planets, Space Exploration, Stars
Runtime: 35 minutes
Hidden somewhere in deep space is an alien technology so powerful that it threatens the very galaxy itself. A gang of rogue pirates will stop at nothing to find that technology and unleash its awesome power against the rest of the universe. Now, one valiant ship stands between the pirates and their total domination of space. Embark on a thrilling adventure that has something for everyone: alien planets, exploding stars, black holes, evil villains and space battles that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
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Back to the Moon for Good
Recommended Grades: 5 and up
Keywords: Astronauts, Moon, Space Exploration, Space Probes
Runtime: 25 minutes
Immerse yourself in a race to return to the moon, 40 years after the Apollo landings. See how a competition among privately funded international teams is ushering in a new era of lunar exploration. Learn about the moon's resources and discover what humanity's future on the moon might hold. Narrated by Tim Allen, “Back to the Moon for Good” presents the Google Lunar XPRIZE, and the personal stories of competition and collaboration it inspires.
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Black Holes
Recommended Grades: 5 and up
Keywords: Black holes, Galaxies, Stars, Supernovas, Wormholes
Runtime: 37 minutes
Go on an immersive journey through one of the most mystifying, awe-inspiring phenomena in the universe: a black hole. Within the bounds of these stellar enigmas, where the mass of a star has collapsed into a volume smaller than a city, space and time lose all meaning. Where do black holes come from? Where do they go? How do we find them? Our travels take us from the remnants of dead stars to supermassive beasts in the cores of galaxies that hold entire star systems in the gravitational grasp.
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Dark Matter Mystery
Recommended Grades: 9 and up
Keywords: Cosmology, Dark Matter, Galaxies, Universe
Runtime: 38 min
We know today that approximately a quarter of the universe is filled with a mysterious glue: dark matter. We know that it is out there. But we have no idea what it is made out of. This show takes you on the biggest quest of contemporary astrophysics. You will see how we know that dark matter exists, and how this search is one of the most challenging and exciting searches science has to offer.
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Earth, Moon, & Sun
Recommended Grades: 4 – 8
Keywords: Earth, Eclipses, Moon, Moon Phases, Sun
Runtime: 35 min
Explore the relationship between Earth, Moon, and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. His confusion about the universe makes viewers think about how the Earth, Moon, and Sun work together as a system. Native American stories throughout the show help distinguish between myths and science.
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Eclipse: The Sun Revealed
Recommended Grades: 5 and up
Keywords: History of Astronomy, Moon, Solar Eclipse Sun
Runtime: 27 minutes
A solar eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Come explore historical and cultural views of eclipses, the geometry that gives us lunar, partial, annular, and (of course) total solar eclipses, what can be seen during a total solar eclipse, scientific discoveries from total solar eclipses, how to safely view an eclipse, and a first-hand account of one person’s experience during a total solar eclipse. Plus get a sneak peak at the next eclipse to cross the United States in 2024!
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Exploding Universe
Recommended Grades: 9 and up
Keywords: Atoms, Big Bang, Earth Science, Galaxies, Stars, Supernovas, Volcanos
Runtime: 30 minutes
Out of devastating events in the cosmos comes creation. Explosive phenomena are responsible for the way we see the universe today, and not all of them happen on a grand scale. Come follow the life of a proton as it experiences nature’s astounding events of rebirth and renewal. From atomic collisions in the Big Bang, through the explosive death of a giant star, to a powerful supervolcano, explosions have transformed the cosmos and made life possible.
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Extreme Planets
Recommended Grades: 9 and up
Keywords: Exoplanets, Planets, Solar System
Runtime: 32 minutes
For centuries, humanity has wondered whether we are alone in the universe. Now, we are one step closer to knowing the answer. With the discovery in 1995 of the first planet orbiting another sun-like star, we now know that planets are not unique to our solar system but are actually quite common. Explore what makes a planet “Earth-like” and take a tour of several worlds that just might fit the conditions we’re looking for. From water worlds to molten landscapes, inhabitable moons to planets with multiple suns, these exotic worlds aren’t just science fiction anymore!
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Firefall
Recommended Grades: 5 and up
Keywords: Asteroids, Comets, Earth, Life, Solar System
Runtime: 32 minutes
Throughout Earth’s history, impacts from comets and asteroids have mercilessly shaped its surface. The barrage continues today, from harmless meteors to mountain-sized boulders wandering perilously close to Earth. Terrifying and majestic, these invaders from space are capable of utter destruction yet they have delivered life-giving water and most of the organic materials necessary for life. This ceaseless “firefall” is our only tangible connection to the universe and is an ever-present reminder of our own humble—and violent—beginnings.
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From Earth to the Universe
Recommended Grades: 9 and up
Keywords: Galaxies, History of Astronomy, Solar System, Stars, Telescopes
Runtime: 30 minutes
Journey out to the colorful birthplaces and burial grounds of stars, and still further out beyond the Milky Way to the unimaginable immensity of a myriad of galaxies. Revel in the splendor of our scorching sun and the worlds in the solar system. Along the way, you will learn about the history of astronomy, the invention of the telescope, and today’s giant telescopes that allow us to probe ever deeper into the cosmos. This stunning voyage through space and time conveys, through sparkling sights and sounds, the universe revealed to us by science.
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The Hot and Energetic Universe
Recommended Grades: 9 and up
Keywords: Black Holes, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Galaxies, Stars, Sun, Supernovas
Runtime: 30 minutes
High Energy Astrophysics studies processes in the hot and violent sectors of the universe. This science probes hot gas swirling around black holes, radiation from neutron stars and supernova remnants, and the environments of galactic clusters—the most massive objects in the universe. Through immersive visualizations and real images, this show presents what we’ve discovered about the most hot and energetic residents of the cosmos and introduces the cutting edge tools that astronomers use to learn more.
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Magic Tree House: Space Mission
Recommended Grades: 1 – 3
Keywords: Moon, Planets, Stars, Solar System, Sun
Runtime: 30 minutes
Travel with the brother-sister duo, Jack and Annie, in their Magic Tree House as they discover a note that asks them to answer a series of six questions about space. With the help of an astronomer, the Internet, an astronaut (who is from Montgomery!), books, and the writer of the mysterious note, Jack and Annie go on a wondrous journey of adventure and learning. This exciting voyage will carry visitors beyond Earth to the planets and far out into the universe!
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Out There: The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds
Recommended Grades: 9 and up
Keywords: Exoplanets, History of Astronomy, Telescopes
Runtime: 30 min
For thousands of years, humans thought that Earth was the center of the universe. Thanks to our curiosity, imagination, and urge to explore, we now know that planets like Earth are nothing special in the cosmos. What we have found so far has surpassed the wildest expectations of scientists as well as authors of science fiction. The sun is just one star among hundreds of billions in our galaxy—and most of those stars have planets! A huge diversity of worlds is out there, just waiting to be discovered.
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Perfect Little Planet
Recommended Grades: 2 – 4
Keywords: Planets, Solar System, Sun
Runtime: 24 min
Imagine the ultimate space vacation. Discover our solar system through a different set of eyes – a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms at Jupiter. And walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? This is the solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.
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Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter
Recommended Grades: 9 and up
Keywords: Cosmology, Dark Matter, Galaxies, Physics
Runtime: 28 minutes
There’s a phantom in the universe. Some dark presence, impervious to light, relentlessly tugs on stars and galaxies. This “dark matter” makes up 85 percent of all the matter in the universe — and yet its true nature remains unknown! Come follow scientists as they try to solve one of the biggest mysteries in the cosmos. From the fires of the Big Bang to underground laboratories on Earth, “Phantom of the Universe” highlights the grandeur of the universe and all that we have yet to learn about its secrets.
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Saturn: Jewel of the Heavens
Recommended Grades: 5 and up
Keywords: History of Astronomy, Saturn, Solar System, Space Exploration
Runtime: 36 minutes
Once a planet of great mystery, we now know more than ever about Saturn’s amazing rings, moons, and storms thanks to modern robotic space pioneers. Incorporating the best imagery from the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft, this show creates a three-dimensional tour of the Saturnian system, from the bizarre family of moons to the millions of icy particles that compose its rings. It’s like flying piggyback on the Cassini spacecraft!
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Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
Recommended Grades: 1 – 2
Keywords: Planets, Solar System, Stars, Sun
Runtime: 40 min
Three things are essential for a fantastic trip through the solar system: a cardboard rocket, a helpful astronomy textbook, and a measure of imagination. Build the rocket from some cardboard boxes. Load the cargo balloons filled with fresh air, a computer made from a shoebox, the astronomy book from the library, don the helmets—and here we go! The adventurous journey takes the young astronauts past the sun, to the terrestrial planets, and the giant gas balls with their nice rings. The trip is not without risks, but the astronomy book helps them survive all dangerous situations.
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Seeing! A Photon’s Journey Across Space, Time, and Mind
Recommended Grades: 9 and up
Keywords: Anatomy, Brain, Light, Vision
Runtime: 24 min
Ride a photon—a particle of light—across the galaxy to your mind's eye and experience how we see. Follow the photon from its creation in deep space and into a girl’s eye, learning the structures of the eye and their functions. From there, the photon journeys down the optic nerve as an electro-chemical impulse that then travels the neuro-pathways of the brain to the various centers that create the image the brain sees.
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Sesame Street: One World, One Sky
Recommended Grades: Pre-K – K
Keywords: Moon, Stars, Sun
Runtime: 27 min
Join Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from "Zhima Jie," the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street. Together they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth. They also journey to Zhima Jie to learn about the similarities in our view of the sky.
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Solar System Odyssey
Recommended Grades: 3 – 5
Keywords: Planets, Solar System
Runtime: 28 min
Solar System Odyssey is an adventure set in the future, in a time when humans have depleted the resources of their home planet. A business tycoon recruits our hero, Jack Larson, on a mission to discover a new home for humans to colonize. Join Jack and a stowaway, Ashley Trout, on a wild ride through our solar system as he looks for answers to these questions: How are the worlds of our solar system alike? How are they different? What must those worlds have in order for humans to live there?
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Space Junk
Recommended Grades: 5 and up
Keywords: Asteroids, Earth, Rockets, Satellites, Space Debris, Space Exploration
Runtime: 37 min
Fifty years after launching our dreams into space, we’re left with a growing ring of orbiting debris that threatens the safety of Earth’s orbits. Space Junk is a visually explosive journey that weighs the solutions aimed at restoring our planet’s orbits. Experience mind-boggling collisions, both natural and man-made. Soar from the stunning depths of Meteor Crater to an unprecedented view of our increasingly crowded orbits – 22,000 miles above Earth. Join us as expert Don Kessler, the “Father of Space Junk,” guides us through the challenges we face in protecting our orbits, forging a new age of space discovery.
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Stars: Powerhouses of the Universe
Recommended Grades: 5 and up
Keywords: Black Holes, History of Astronomy, Milky Way, Nebulas, Stars, Sun, Supernovas
Runtime: 26 min
Learn about the lives of the stars: how they are born, how they die, and how human understanding of the stars has changed over time. From Native Americans to Newton, from the electromagnetic spectrum to Einstein, audiences will explore nebulae, star clusters, pulsars, black holes, and more.
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Sunstruck
Recommended Grades: 5 and up
Keywords: Earth, Solar Flares, Space Weather, Sun, Sunspots
Runtime: 21 min
Travel back to the beginning of time and experience the birth of the sun. Discover how it came to support life, how it threatens life as we know it, and how its energy will one day fade away.
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Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope
Recommended Grades: 5 and up
Keywords: History of Astronomy, Solar System, Stars, Telescopes
Runtime: 23 min
Follow two students as they interact with an astronomer at a local star party. Along the way, the students learn the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a child’s spyglass — using two small pieces of glass — to the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. Aiming to engage and appeal to audiences of all ages, the show explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years.
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HOLIDAY SHOWS

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The Alien Who Stole Christmas
Recommended Grades: K – 3
Keywords: Christmas, Constellations, Solar System, Stars, Winter Sky
Runtime: 33 min
Take a tour of the winter's evening sky and then join jolly old Santa and a concerned alien, Mr. Freep, as they explore the solar system's planets and meet the Christmas Eve needs of their fictitious inhabitants along to an updated version of “The Night Before Christmas”.
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Season of Light
Recommended Grades: All ages
Keywords: Christmas, Constellations, Comets, Seasons, Solstice, Stars
Runtime: 35 min
Tracing the development of many holiday customs, we take a look at everything from the Yule log and Christmas tree lights to the lighting of the Menorah and luminaries. We recount the many historical, religious, and cultural customs practiced during the time of solstice throughout the world. We also explore possible astronomical explanations for a "Star over Bethlehem", plus stop to catch a few Northern winter constellations and illustrate what causes the seasons.
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