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EXPLORE – Planetarium

45 minutes – $5.25/student


Curriculum Target Grade: 6; 9-12

Suitable for Grades: 6-12

Explore takes audiences to Mars, with stops throughout history to discover the knowledge needed to voyage to other worlds. From the first skywatchers trying to understand the motions of the heavens, to the future generation of explorers who will travel to Mars, Explore follows humanity’s drive to explore our universe. The program describes the different models of the universe developed throughout history, from the earth-centered model of celestial spheres to the modern view of elliptical orbits around the Sun. 



EXPLORE – fulldome trailer (flat screen version)

Our future on Mars depends on discoveries from the past! Have you ever wondered how our modern spacecraft can navigate quickly and accurate to Earth orbit and beyond? Learn how it all works in EXPLORE, a compelling new immersive experience.



 Grade 6 Science Cluster 4: Exploring the Solar System

6-4-01 Use appropriate vocabulary related to their investigations of Earth and space. Include: astronauts, communication and remote sensing satellites, solar system, inner and outer planets, asteroid belt, mass, weight, points of reference, apparent movement, celestial objects, astrology, astronomy, rotation, revolution, axis, moon phases, eclipses.

 6-4-07 Describe how the conception of the Earth and its position in space have been continuously questioned and how our understanding has evolved over time. Include: from a flat Earth, to an Earth-centred system, to a Sun-centred system. 

6-4-08 Recognize that the Sun is the centre of the solar system and it is the source of energy for all life on Earth. GLO: D6, E2, E4 6-4-09 Identify the planets in the solar system and describe their size relative to the Earth and their position relative to the Sun. 

6-4-10 Classify planets as inner or outer planets, based on their position relative to the asteroid belt, and describe characteristics of each type. Include: inner planets are small and rocky; outer planets (except Pluto) are giant balls of gas. 

6-4-11 Recognize that mass is the amount of matter in an object, that weight is the force of gravity on the mass of an object, and that the force of gravity varies from planet to planet. 

6-4-16 Identify and describe how people from various cultures, past and present, apply astronomy in daily life.

6-4-17 Differentiate between astrology and astronomy, and explain why astrology is considered unscientific. 


Senior 1 Science Cluster 4: Exploring the Universe

S1-4-03 Investigate how various cultures used knowledge of the position and motion of visible celestial objects for navigation. 

S1-4-04 Compare and contrast historical perspectives on the relationship between Earth and space. Include: geocentric model, heliocentric model. 

S1-4-05 Explain the apparent motion of the Sun, stars, planets, and the Moon as seen from Earth. Include: daily rising and setting, seasonal constellations, retrograde motion. 

S1-4-07 Compare and contrast scientific and cultural perspectives on the origin and evolution of the universe. 

S1-4-09 Explain how various technologies have extended our ability to explore and understand space. Examples: robotics, Canadarm, Hubble telescope, Lunar Rover, shuttle, space station, Sojourner Rover, Pathfinder and Galileo space probes… 

Also provides basic content and context for Senior 2 Cluster 3: In Motion, and visualizations and context for Senior 3 and Senior 4 Physics, including dynamic visualizations of forces and the effects of gravitational fields.