SPOC Planetarium

Bringing space to Earth!

The SPOC (Space Portal Odyssey Capsule) Portable Planetarium is an interactive and engaging planetary experience for students of all ages

While we are unable to use our dome at this time, we are still able to offer SPOC in 2D as a virtual program or in our auditorium during field trips! View our sneak peak video to see what we can do!
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Current Programs

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My Moon, My Sky (PK-2nd)
Stargazers learn about the different types of stars (including our Sun), Earth, and Moon by comparing size, color, and position. Zooming in on the Moon, we complete a lunar month identifying the Moon’s phases and surface composition.
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Sun, Earth, Moon System (2nd-5th, 8th)
Daily and seasonal patterns and changes in our sky are explained as students observe the Sun, Earth, and Moon system from different perspectives. Comparing the characteristics of each body helps students better understand the states of matter, effects of having an atmosphere, and the pull of gravity!
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Trip Through the Solar System (5th-12th)
Students are guided on an adventure through our solar system visiting each planet to compare their physical properties, location, movements, and natural satellites. Learning our solar system's characteristics helps students understand how humans explored beyond Earth.
STEM Night (All Grades)
This evening program is the perfect addition to your school’s STEM night! Our portable planetarium can also be paired with an additional STEM activity(s) that will leave your students and their families in awe of our world. *Not available onsite or virtual
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Journey Through Space (All Grades)
Reinvigorate your classroom with a program that's fun and suitable for everyone! This program comes with different selections to satisfy multiple age ranges. See below for descriptions!

Journey Through Space Programs

Star Stories

Explore the wonders of the constellations, and not just the ones you think you know! This program will take your class on a celestial adventure around the world.

Moon to Mars

Humans have made it to the Moon, but can we go further? What does the future of space exploration look like? In this program, your students will learn about NASA’s Artemis Program and travel from the Earth to the Moon, and beyond!

Our Pale Blue Dot

Earth is on a very small stage in the vastness of space, but it is our home. Travel through time to explore our planet like never before while viewing the changes that Earth has endured and what the future may hold.

Beyond the Sun

Observe rogue planets, oceanic worlds, and even super-Earths on a cosmic adventure with Celeste, a little girl who wants to explore the Universe and learn how to find exoplanets!

Additional information about our Virtual Programs

  • Approximately 30-45 minutes, live and interactive programs
  • Streamed to your device(s) using the Zoom platform
  • Uses the same planetarium software used in our dome (Planetarium Programs Only)

Financial Aid for SPOC Planetarium Programs

To inquire about funds to help offset the cost of your SPOC field trip or program, email our Education Department after filling out either a field trip or outreach request form.
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