Planetarium Script Archive

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Script# Title Year Written Audience Pages Author Description
1 ACME FIREWORKS 1977 S-C-P 17 D. Gruber & G. Stasiuk

A thorough social history of the development of rockets from Chinese fireworks to the military use of rockets in WWI, tracing the transformation to peaceful use.

2 AFRICAN ASTRONOMY 1976 S-C-P 17 Pat McGee Egyptian beliefs related to the pyramids, celestial sphere, North circumpolar constellations, sun, and seasons. On to Thebes, where the construction of tombs or religious shrines are related to the ecliptic. African beliefs are examined by traveling to Ethiopia, where sky myths of Cassiopeia, Anasi, moon and the sun are related.
3 AFRICAN MYTHOLOGY ? P 24 Dorothy Angeloff This relates the folk hero of the Black Anasi, a spidery folk hero, with human qualities.
4 AGE OF AQUARIUS ? S-C-P 5 Jack Dunn Program examines how the concept of the zodiac became related to the ecliptic, zodiac constellations, and the Greek astrologers casting horoscopes. Scientific discoveries are then discussed which have disproved astrology concepts.
5 ALL THE STARS IN THE SKY ? E 13 Quentin Carr Space Shuttle trip to the planets with the cartoon character Snoopy.
6 AMERINDS: ASTRONOMERS BEFORE COLUMBUS 1977 E-C-P 15 D. Gruber & G. Stasiuk North American Amerind astronomical evidence. This program identifies where the Indian tribes lived on a map of North America, then ties their myths and archeological evidence in with astronomy.
7 ALMODHI, THE TITAN, AND HIS SPINNING TOP ? S-C-P 33 G. Stasiuk & D. Gruber Celestial motions are demonstrated through the most universal language known — mythology.
8 AMOS AND BEN: AMERICA'S FIRST ASTRONOMERS 1976 E 7 Thomas Torson An adaptation of the book Ben and Me, by Robert Lawson, Little , Brown & Co. Boston, 1939, where Amos the church mouse helps Ben Franklin with his discoveries of electricity, telescopes, the Franklin stove, and stellar chemistry.
9 ANCIENT MYSTERIES: VON DANIKEN/FACT OR FICTION? 1975 S-C-P 17 Eugene Jenneman Examines “fiction” of Von Daniken compared with actual FACTS about the archeological proofs of visits of gods from outer space.
10 ANDROMEDA AND THE WHALE 1978 E 3 G. Stasiuk & L. Raybern Myth of Cassiopeia, Cetus, Andromeda, Perseus, Pegasus, and King Neptune retold in level appropriate to K-2.
11 AN EVENING IN MADRID 1980 S 7 Frank Arthur Script takes the Spanish class on a trip to Madrid, and views the night skies.
12 APOLLO ANNIVERSARY SHOW 1978 E-S 11 C. McCarty & Jack Dunn This program goes back to the Apollo landing on the moon and captures the mood of the times that brought about “manned flight” to the moon.
13 ARE WE ALONE? ? S-C-P 6 ? Out solar system surveyed as to possibilities of supporting life: Moon, Venus, how life began on Earth, and Mars (predates Viking).
14 ARE WE ALONE? 1972 P 32 Dorothy Angeloff Traces the probable origin of life on Earth; then provides a new view of the possibility of life on other planets.
15 EARTH SCIENCE PLANETARIUM PROGRAM ? P 6 S. C. Hallock A lecturer takes the audience on a trip to the North Pole, the equator, and the South Pole.
16 ASTEROIDS: THE MINOR PLANETS ? P 3 S. C. Hallock Discussion of asteroids.
17 ASTROLOGY AND THE ZODIAC 1971 P 30 Abrams Planetarium Survey of the Babylonian origins of astrology, and the naming of the zodiac constellations by Egyptians. The Chaldeans named the planets according to their mythology. How a modern-day astrologer casts horoscopes in explained and interpreted.
18 ASTRONOMISCHE MIBVERSTANDNISSE (ASTRONOMICAL MISUNDERSTANDINGS) 1980 C 16 Uwe Lemmer A booklet of astronomical misunderstandings for teacher education, written in German.
19 ASTRONOMY IN THE SPACE AGE 1978 E-S 6 Martha Schaefer Discusses the summer sky and the 20th anniversary of the space age by covering the space vehicles presently exploring our solar system and Universe.
20 ASTRONOMY JUST FOR YOU 1977 E 6 D. Forror Done in entertaining “play” form. Director introduces solar system objects, then the spring constellations are introduced along with the Milky Way Galaxy.
21 ASTRONOMY SOUTH OF THE EQUATOR 1966 S-C 15 USAF Academy Planetarium Part I takes “trip” to Rio de Janeiro, looking at constellations Orion, Ursa Major, Canis Major, Scorpius, Crux, Centaurus; celestial objects: Magellanic clouds, sun's position. Part II discusses H-R Diagram and its relationship to the birth and death of a star.
22 ASTRONOMY THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS 1977 C 25 Lee Shapiro, Abrams Planetarium In his book Worlds in Collision, Dr. Immanuel Velikovsky makes specific statements and predictions as if based on scientific evidence. This program compares his “theoretical” evidence with solid, scientific fact, and lets you draw your own conclusions. Astronomy versus astrology section follows.
23 AUTUMN SKIES 1981 E-S-P 34 Gail Bouslog Discussion of the autumn skies, and mythology of Perseus, Andromeda, Cetus, Pegasus, Aries, Pisces, and Aquarius.
24 BACKYARD ASTRONOMY ? E 20 S. C. Hallock Constellations “talk” to the audience, telling the audience about themselves and their mythology.
25 BEFORE COPERNICUS AND BEYOND 1979 S-C-P 12 Jack N. Blaine Mythology of the zodiac constellations tied in to the sun's movements through a year.
26 BENEATH THE SOUTHERN CROSS ? S-C 25 MacMillan Planetarium Staff Springtime sky: 1. Orion discussed — stars plus nebula; 2. North Celestial Pole pointed out: a. Home latitude; b. North Pole; c. Equator; 3. Trip to Rio de Janeiro: Objects south of equator plus Canopus and navigation in the Southern Hemisphere are discussed.
27 BETWEEN THE PLANETS 1981 P 22 Don Knapp Discusses comets, meteors, and asteroids.
28 BEYOND STONEHENGE 1974 S-C-P 20 D. Grauber & G. Stasiuk Motions of the sun and moon, and how Stonehenge demonstrates the intellectual development of preliterate humankind by its possible use as an eclipse computer.
29 BICENTENNIAL SKIES 1976 P 5 Tom Hamilton Program goes back 200 years and traces the “astronomy revolution” from bicentennial times to the present.
30 BLACK HOLES IN TIME AND SPACE ? S-C-P 26 MacMillan Planetarium Staff Dialogue between male and female on Earth, while in heavens stars are dramatically being born and even more fantantastically, dying.
31 BLACK HOLES: THE INFINITE VISION ? S-C-P 8 Jack Dunn This program begins with entry of a spacecraft into a black hole, then continues to survey the discovery of a black hole, its location (Cygnus), and what might happen in man entered one.
32 BLINK, THE PATCHWORK BUNNY ? E 7 Adapted by Joseph Nottsinger & Brent Mc Cormack A bunny has a fur of unusual colors, and all the animals try to guess why, but none learn his secret, and Blink keeps it.
33 BLOW WEST WIND 1974 E 10 S. Wieser, Calgary Centennial Planetarium Story for young children dealing with the heavens, sun, moon, stars, comets, and directions.
34 CAMPING WITH GRANDFATHER ? E 13 John Burgess Written in play form, this program has two boys learning about the constellations and mythology associated with the summer sky from their grandfather.
35 CELESTIAL MUSIC 1977 P 7 D. Forror This program surveys music from classical to present-day times, relating it to celestial objects using slides and the planetarium
36 CELESTIAL NAVIGATION ? C 23 ? A very difficult discussion of a planetarium classroom lesson on celestial navigation.
37 CHARTING THE UNIVERSE 1975 S-C 22 Jane Menville A program beginning with celestial navigation, then continuing to space navigation.
38 CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD ? P 26 Dorothy Angeloff Christmas customs of England, Spain, Austria, Scandinavia, Italy, France, Netherlands, Mexico, Germany, and Poland are discussed.
39 CHRISTMAS STAR ? P 20 Dorothy Angeloff Discusses the Star of Bethlehem.
40 CHRISTMAS STAR 1974 S-C-P 15 Don Knapp Review of the Star of Bethlehem story.
41 CIRCUMPOLAR MYTHOLOGY 1981 E-S-P 16 Gail Bouslog Discussion of the mythology of the two bears: Ursa Major and Ursa Minor; Cassiopeia and Cepheus; and Draco.
42 COLONIZATION OF SPACE 1977 S 26 Dorothy Angeloff This program explores the concept of orbiting manmade worlds having unlimited amounts of clean energy, beautiful environments. and total productivity far greater than ever envisioned on Earth.
43 COLOR OF SPACE 1975 P 19 Manitoba Museum of Man & Nature, Adapted by Dorothy Angeloff Color of space lets us consider the enormous impact that colors have on what would otherwise be a black and white universe.
44 COLOR OF SPACE, THE 1975 S-C 22 Alan Dyer & Don Davis A complete discussion of color: why sky is blue; color as we perceive it on Earth; star colors; planet colors; temperature as it relates to star colors; nebula colors.
45 CONSTELLATIONS OF THE ANCIENT SEA 1981 E-S-P 10 Gail Bouslog Discusses the mythology of the ancient sea constellations: Pisces Australis, Aquarius, Capricornus, Pisces, Cetus, and Eridanus.
46 CONSTELLATIONS OF THE NORTHERN SKY 1964 P 5 S. C. Hallock Planetarium lecture about the North circumpolar constellations.
47 COSMIC CHOREOGRAPHY 1977 E-S-C-P 8 Doris Forror Using the planetarium as a space-time machine, the audience observes a ballet of celestial movement: Act 1: diurnal motion; Act 2: annual motion; Act 3: annual motion of inferior and superior planets; Act 4: meteors, comets, stars, and galaxies. Finale: all moving together simultaneously.
48 COSMIC CONNECTION ? S-C-P 25 D. Gruber & G. Stasiuk Surveys discoveries of Cygnus X-1; solar system; Doppler shift; our galaxy and galaxy clusters; quasars; Crab nebula pulsar; and concludes with the black hole — Cygnus X-1.
49 COSMIC CONNECTION, THE 1975 S-C-P 13 R. Reese, R. Brooks, P Catalana, & R. Baker Survey of origins: of universe: Genesis compared to Big Bang theory; of first generation of stars; of second generation stars and their by-product: Earth; of life on Earth; of possibility of life elsewhere.
50 COSMIC DANCE ? S-C-P 10 MacMillan Planetarium Staff Universe: What is it? Scene 1: Matter; Scene 2: Energy; Scene 3: Time; Scene 4: All come together in space to form. Scene 5: Our Universe.
51 COSMIC FIREWORKS 1980 P 29 David Romanowski Excellent survey of meteors, meteorites, and the impact craters they make. Then the sun and other stars are surveyed, from cepheid variable stars to black holes.
52 COSMIC TIME ODYSSEY 1972 C 15 USAF Academy Trip back into time at speed of light stopping to observe celestial objects as we travel: Moon, sun, Jupiter's Ganymede, Pluto, Alpha Centuari, Sirius, Rigel, Crab Nebula, globular cluster in Hercules, Andromeda Galaxy, Coma Berenices Galaxy, and quasar.
53 CRATERS OF THE MOON 1972 E 14 Dave Hoffman Discussion of the physical features of the moon; then three theories of crater formation on the moon.
54 CREATION ? E-S-P 4 Negro Preacher, Adapted by Gail Bouslog Prose of Genesis story of creation by Negro minister.
55 CRISIS OF CLIMATE 1971 S-C 14 USAF Academy Planetarium Changing climate effects on Earth conditions; theories of why Earth's climate changes, mythology of rain-making, and rain making processes.
56 DAWN OF A NEW ASTRONOMY 1979 S 10 Don Knapp A survey of astronomy from the Greeks through Copernicus, Brahe, Galileo, Kepler, and ending with Newton.
57 DECADE OF DISCOVERY 1976 S-C-P 29 Kerry Swanson Planetary exploration by spacecraft: Mars — Mariners 4,6,7; Vikings 1 &2; Venus: Mariner 10, Pioneer 11; Saturn: Titan, Jupiter: Pioneers 11, 12; Space Shuttle.
58 DEEP SPACE ? S-C-P 17 B. Spainhower, G. Stasiuk, & D. Gruber The first part of the program describes several deep sky objects and mentions a few early cosmological beliefs concerning the universe. The second part discusses different methods used to determine stellar distances and the limits of the universe.
60 DER JUPITER EFFEKT (THE JUPITER EFFECT) 1980 P 32 Uwe Lemmer There is a rumor which says that our Earth is threatened by a tremendous catastrophe in 1982. An unusual planetary configuration should cause chaotic conditions on our planet. After a voyage through the solar system, we will prove whether the fear for an early end of the world is justified.
61 DESTINATION: MARS 1971 P 27 Abrams Planetarium Pre-dates Viking discoveries. Historical survey of Mars, then a discussion of the retrograde motion of Mars. Telescopic observational discussion of Mars. Excerpt from War of the Worlds radio program. Mariner 3 findings, then Viking discussed.
62 DESTINATION MARS 1971 S-C-P 17 Thomas Gates Background history and mythology, physical properties, constellations for the evening, solar system information, information from Mariners 8 and 9, rocket trip to Mars, and information on the two moons of Mars.
63 DETERMINATION OF THE ASTRONOMICAL UNIT ? S-C 5 Dave Hoffman This program deals with parallax and triangulation.
64 DIVINE COMEDY OF DANTE ? S-C 4 Dave Hoffman A study of the style and importance of Dante's Divine Comedy. This also explores Dante's ideas of cosmology as related to the Medieval Aristotelian ideas.
65 DIURNAL MOTION 1977 S 23 Dorothy Angeloff This program begins discussing the celestial sphere and the celestial coordinates. Then it discusses the effects of diurnal motion on the Earth, proof of rotation, and effects on the sky.
66 DOES ANYBODY REALLY KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS? 1980 P 22 Abrams Planetarium Pt I: Introduction. Pt II: History of time, the calendar, as based on natural units (day, year, and month); manmade units (week, hour, and minute). Pt III: Cosmology — beginning of time.
67 DURCH RAUM UND ZEIT 1980 P 2 Uwe Lemmer Serves as an introduction to the motions of the sky and as an introduction to the planetarium.
68 EARLY METHODS OF NAVIGATION ? C 4 ? The purpose of this program is to discuss early navigation methods, and illustrates how early people could make long ocean voyages with only rudimentary navigation instruments.
69 EARTH: OUR WORLD 1980 E 13 Dave DeRemer A child takes an imaginary trip into space and visits the solar system Then going home, he gets two more of his questions answered: “How do scientists know about the planets?” and “What is out in space past the planets?”
69A La Tierra, Nuestro Mundo 1998 E 15 Spanish translation by Eliza Kelly Title translation: “The Earth: Our World”
70 EINSTEIN INTERSECTION ? S-C 21 G. Stasiuk & D. Gruber This program traces the concept of the Universe beginning with Aristotle, continuing through Newton, discussing his laws of celestial mechanics, then covers the properties of light in relationship to Huygens' concept; Reiman's; Michelson-Morley; Fitzgerald; Lorentz and Planck. Finally, Einstein's Theory of Relativity is presented.
71 END OF THE WORLD 1978 P 27 Bryan A. Snow Explores the way Earth might die: collision, departure from its orbit; and hellfire, where the sun explodes, consuming the Earth as it dies.
72 ENERGY: A COSMIC CONCERN 1976 S-C-P 14 D. Gruber & G. Stasiuk Energy problems, definitions, solar structure, and a bit of physics. Alternative energy proposals, particularly large-scale orbital solar transfer stations.
73 EXPLODING STARS AND PULSATING VARIABLES ? P 9 S.C. Hallock Discusses exploding stars and pulsating variable stars.
74 EXPLORERS FROM EARTH ? S-C-P 15 ? Surveys the solar system, beginning with Mercury to Jupiter. Discusses findings of Mariner 10, Vikings 1 & 2, Pioneers 10,11. Finishes with speculations about Saturn-Pluto. Theory of formation of solar system being a by-product of star birth; concludes with the search for extraterrestrial life.
75 FALL SKY (French: Le Ciel L'automne) ? S 13 Doris Forror This program is for the French class, and gives the fall sky from dusk to dawn, describing the constellations one would see. Includes both French and English scripts.
76 FARMER AND HIS COW, THE ? E 2 Duane Stanley Farmer goes out to milk his cow, and the planetarium day, then night is presented. During this time, students learn directions, horizon, and night falls. Big Dipper is presented.
77 FEELING OF POWER ? S 10 Dave Hoffman adaptation In this futuristic society, computers have taken over and people have forgotten how to use mathematics. Then Aub discovers the lost art, “graphitics,” and commits suicide when learns it will be used for negative rather than positive results.
78 FILE: 1054 1971 P 13 Kenneth Brown Crab Nebula: Presentation of spoon fed astrophysics describing what leads to a neutron star.
79 FIRE IN THE SKY 1970 P 10 Von Del Chamberlain Program surveys aurora borealis, meteors, fireballs, meteorites, and asteroids.
80 FIRST EASTER 1975 P 30 Dorothy Angeloff After exploring a few customs associated with Easter, the narrator attempts to reconstruct the first Easter.
81 FIRST EASTER 1975 P 37 Thomas Torson Written as a sequel to “The Christmas Star”. Artaban, the “other wiseman,” seeks the Christchild his three companions were searching for, carrying a sapphire, a ruby, and a pearl as a tribute. He loses his tribute, searching for the child, for the service of humanity. However, he observes the Crucifixion, then the Resurrection. Concludes with discussion of Easter.
82 FIRST MEN IN THE MOON ? E-S 13 H. G. Wells This is a shortened and more dramatized form of the original novel by Wells. The script accompanies the record; slides may be made from Classics Illustrated Comic Books, Dept. S., 101 Fifth Avenue, N.Y, N.Y. 10003
83 FLYING SAUCER SHOW 1975 P 24 MacMillan Planetarium Sraff Scene 1: Encounter. Scene 2: Problem: arguments pro and con about UFO's. Scene 3: Natural UFO's (celestial objects). Scene 4: Non-astronomical UFO's. Scene 5: Remaining minority. Scene 6: Life beyond Earth. Scene 7: Recent and historical sightings. Scene 8: Betty & Barney Hill. Scene 9: Conclusions.
84 FLYING TO THE MOON 1981 E 17 Michael E. Collins, Adapted by Gail Bouslog Michael E. Collins describes his Apollo 11 flight to the moon.
85 FOUR SEASONS 1979 S-C-P 4 Sheldon Schafer As the background music for Vivaldi's “Four Seasons” plays, the location of the sun during the day and primary seasonal constellations are pointed out.
86 FRUHLING DES UNIVERSUMS 1980 P 16 Uwe Lemmer A German version of the Hansen Planetarium production “Springtime of the Universe.”
87 GALACTIC LIFE TOURS, INC. 1977 E 17 G. Stasiuk & D. Gruber Mid-level oriented (grades 3-6). The audience becomes members of an advanced civilization which has a “walkabout” tradition of searching the galaxy for life. (“The Sting” type of ending.)
88 GENERAL PLANETARIUM LECTURE ? P 5 S.C. Hallock Discussion of the planetarium instrument (Spitz), and all the things it can do.
89 GENESIS — IN THE BEGINNING 1977 S-C-P 15 Doris Forror This program weaves the story of Genesis into the creation of the Universe, sprinkling music and poetry to keep interest.
90 GEOGRAPHY OF THE PLANETS 1981 E-S 39 Adapted by Gail Bouslog Discusses the physical features of the planets in “Earth Science” fashion.
91 GEORGE II, OUR LAST KING PARTS I & II ? E-S-C-P 10 Dave Hoffman This program is for American history classes, and is divided into two parts. It takes advantage of the fact that King George was an avid astronomer, who was not only instrumental in settling the dispute concerned so long with the longitude problem, but also inspired Herschel to name his discovery (Uranus) after him. Style is dialogue.
92 GIANT PLANETS ? E 7 S.C. Hallock The giant planets interact with the director as they discuss their mythology and characteristics.
93 GLIMPSES OF INFINITY 1979 S-C-P 19 MacMillan Planetarium Staff A program that considers science and its philosophy: how it came to us; how it has changed along the way; and how today a great change is occurring in scientific thinking.
94 GREAT MYSTERIES OF THE PYRAMIDS ? E 7 S. C. Hallock Pyramid power is discussed in this program.
95 GODFATHER ? P 29 Aabrams Planetarium Discussion of Earth being visited by another civilization. Von Daniken's ideas are presented with an explanation following. An alternative conclusion with Von Daniken parody (using MSU campus).
96 GOD'S GALLERY 1977 P 24 Dorothy Angeloff Following the currently accepted modern scientific theory of the origin of the Universe, the lecturer traces back the historical development of this concept and finally leads the audience into it Biblical account. Thus the stage is set for the sky as it might have appeared to the authors of the Bible.
97 HALLEY: A COMET'S TALE 1986 S-C-P 24 Tim Kuzinar, Dale Smith, Tom Willmitch Halley's Comet program, told as a first person narrative.
98 HALLOWEEN NIGHT IN THE PLANETARIUM ? P 4 Jack Dunn Program mixes witches, music, and astrology for a special Halloween night program.
99 HALLOWEEN SYMPHONY ? ? ? MacMillan Planetarium Staff This script combines the music of “Danse Macbre,” “Night on Bald Mountain, ” and “Death of Tybald” with the witches' scene from MacBeth for a special Halloween night program.
100 HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA 1976 P 2 Godwin High School Astronomy Club Program put together for America's bicentennial celebration.
101 HAVEN FINDING: RENAISSANCE NAVIGATION ? S 6 Dave Hoffman The purpose of this program is to give audience an appreciation of the problems faced by navigators of the Renaissance and how they surmounted some of them by taking sightings of the sun and stars.
102 HERE COMES THE SUN ? E 6 Dave Hoffman Sun “converses” with director, then moon and Leo get into the act in this program for K-1.
103 HIGH APARTMENT, THE 1978 S-C-P 13 USAF Academy Planetarium Program deals with Dr. O'Neill's concept of colonizing of the moon, then the L-4 and L-5 points between Earth and the moon.
104 HISTORY OF CELESTIAL NAVIGATION ? S-C 19 USAF Academy Planetarium VERY detailed survey of history of celestial navigation from past to present-day space vehicle navigation.
105 HOROSCOPE 1971 P 17 Thomas Gates Using the planetarium, an astronomer and an astrologer debate the fine points of the horoscope.
106 HOW RUDOLPH GUIDES SANTA'S SLEIGH ? E 4 Duane Stanley Rudolph's nose points to the North Star, and guides Santa back “home” to the North Pole.
107 HUMANITIES PROGRAM 1967 P 17 Abrams Planetarium Diurnal motion discussed. Survey of two Aristotlean physics beliefs: 1. All motion occurring in heavens was circular in nature; 2. Earth's matter is subject to change; heavenly matter is unchanging. Retrograde, epicycles, and deferents discussed.
108 I CAN'T FIND THE LITTLE GREEN MEN 1977 P 11 Doris Forror Mars: looked for life through telescope; facts about Mars: Mariner and Viking discoveries; Where? Solar system — no; wobbling stars in the Universe and other galaxies considered.
109 IMAGES OF THE UNIVERSE 1975 P 23 Andrew Fraknoi and Alan Friedman This program is an adaptation of the essay “Images of the Universe,” written for Mercury — the journal of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. It examines the relationship between astronomy and poetry as man has perceived the Universe over the years.
110 INDIAN LEGENDS 1976 E-P 24 Dorothy Angeloff Program discusses some North American Indian legends.
111 INDIAN SKIES 1978 P 28 Abrams Planetarium Survey of Michigan Indians' lifestyle and customs mingled with the Indian legends. Creation myth, bear hunt, lone lightning, and seven sisters.
112 IN THE BEGINNING ? P 9 S.C. Hallock Discusses cosmology — the beginning of the Universe, and stellar life and death.
113A INTRODUCTION TO THE PLANETARIUM ? E 15 Dave Hoffman The program introduces the young student to the planetarium and the celestial objects it projects.
113B INTRODUCTION TO THE PLANETARIUM 1983 E 9 Gregg Williams The program introduces the children to the planetarium and the day and night skies.
114 IS THIS THE AGE OF AQUARIUS? ? P 11 S. C. Hallock Discussion of the origins of the zodiac constellations and astrology.
115 IT'S ABOUT TIME ? E 24 Dorothy J. Angeloff Traces the origin of timekeeping, units of time, and methods used to tell time.
116 JEWISH ASTRONOMY PROGRAM ? P 4 Larry Sessions Examines the constellations Ursa Minor, Orion, Pisces, and planet Mars. Discusses the Hebrew mythology associated with them. Continues with how Hebrews used celestial objects to tell time, concluding with the Jewish calendar.
117 JOURNEY AMONG THE STARS 1979 S-C-P 26 Jack Blain Physical characteristics of the sun are presented, then the manner in which stars are grouped is discussed; constellations; physical groups; brightness or magnitudes; H-R Diagram positions; and nebulae.
118 JOURNEY THROUGH THE UNIVERSE 1971 P 16 Abrams Planetarium Pt I: From our own back yard. Pt. II: Solar system Pt III: Stars and galaxies. Pt IV: Summary and conclusion.
119 JOURNEY THROUGH THE GALAXY 1978 S-C-P 25 MacMillann Planetarium Staff Excellent presentation of an investigation of the Milky Way.
120 KINGDOM IN THE SKY 1970 S-P 27 Von Del Chamberlain Dramatic legends of Greek gods and heroes formulate a picture of the “Kingdom in the Sky”.
121 KINGDOM OF APOLLO 1970 P 20 MacMillan Planetarium Staff Opens with autumn sky and discusses constellations and deep sky objects, found within. Zeroes in on the sun, then surveys Earth and inner planets — on to outer planets. Discussion of comets and moons concludes program.
122 KINGDOM OF THE SUN: MAJOR AND MINOR SUBJECTS 1981 E 36 Gail Bouslog For grades 4-6, this relates the Greek and Roman mythology to the planets and asteroids, meteoroids, and comets.
123 KOMISCHES ERWACHEN (ENGLISH: COSMIC AWAKENING) 1979 P 25 Uwe Lemmer This show is typically German, and runs 60 minutes. It points out star figures and basic information.
124 LADIES OF THE STARS — WOMEN ASTRONOMERS 1977 P 20 D. Gruber & G. Stasiuk Important contributions to astronomy by women. Harvard College Observatory, Draper Catalog, cepheid variables, stellar distances, and pulsars.
125 LANGUAGE OF THE STARS 1977 S-C-P 17 D. Gruber & G. Stasiuk How we have learned what we have learned about stars and stellar processes: Light and the H-R Diagram.
126 LADIES OF THE NIGHT ? P 21 Abrams Planetarium Dialogue between man woman discusses the history of women astronomers, their important contributions to astronomy , and the constellations named for women.
127 LEGEND OF PERSEUS ? P 6 S.C. Hallock Legend of Perseus and Andromeda as told in the fall sky.
128 LE PETIT PRINCE 1980 S 17 Adapted by James Brons French program.
129 LET'S TOUR THE HEAVENS 1976 P 22 Dorothy Angeloff Discussion of circumpolar and zodiac constellations. The moon and visible planets also are discussed.
130 LGM: INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE ? P 23 Abrams Planetarium Introduction: Birth of the Universe. Origins of species, then a discussion of the possibility of life in the Universe.
131 LIFE ON DISTANT PLANETS ? S 8 S. C. Hallock Discussion of necessary requirements for life; then possible stars with life-supporting planets.
132 LOCATING STARS, PART I ? E 9 Dave Hoffman On Halloween night, special attention is given to Deneb in Cygnus and Ruchbah in Cassiopeia.
133 LOOKING AT THE SOLAR SYSTEM 1981 E 6 Gail Bouslog Discussion of how the solar system appears from space, and from Earth.
134 MAGIC CIRCLES UNDER THE SUN 1978 C-P 22 MacMillan Planetarium Staff Discussion of the observatories of Stonehenge and Chichen Itza (Mexico). Then Planetarium staff makes an archaeological expedition to Medicine Wheels in Wyoming and Saskatchewan.
135 MAN AND THE MOON 1969 S-C-P 19 Jack N. Blain History of beginning ideas which eventually put man on the moon. Surveys space vehicles leading to Apollo program, and surveys lunar features.
136 MAN IN SPACE 1978 E 35 E.Q. Carr Surveys man's achievements in space.
137 MANY MOTIONS OF EARTH 1974 E 23 Donald McDonald VERY detailed review of Earth motions in space, including rotation and revolution, precession, nutation, relative orbit of the Earth-moon system, and expansion of the Universe.
138 MARS: THE 2014 A.D. COLONIES: AN AUDIOVISUAL PRESENTATION 1980 E 3 Claire J. & E. Q. Carr A tape and slide show for PTA's, school superintendents, school boards, and the computer programming contest. Used to indicate the depth and quality of your planetarium programs.
139 MARS 1976 S-C-P 20 MacMillan Planetarium Staff Program begins with Mars at its birth to present, when Mariners and Vikings explored it, and discusses their exploration.
140 MARS: LEGEND AND EXPLORATIONS 1969 S-C 13 USAF Academy Planetarium VERY detailed survey of Mars from its past to its Mariner 7 in 1969. ( Does not include Viking missions.)
141 MARS LIVING PLANET ? P 28 Abrams Planetarium Dialogue between male and female as they take a “time machine” trip back to visit Greek astrologer Ptolemy. Then Copernicus, Kepler, Asaph Hall, Schiaparelli, Lowell, H.G. Wells. To present for Mariners, especially Mariner 9, then Viking.
142 MARTIANS ARE COMING 1976 P 37 Abrams Planetarium Covers Viking mission: “Is there life on Mars?” History of Mars, science fiction about Mars, Mariner discoveries, then Viking's program objectives.
143 MATTER OF TIME ? S-C-P 20 MacMillan Planetarium Staff Introduction: Ancient view of time. Day: Sun not a good time-keeper. Year — star-based time. “Mean” sun. Day into hours— Babylonians. Week— evolved from the planets. Months, seasons, Roman calendar, Gregorian calendar.
144 MAYA: STAR-WATCHERS OF ANCIENT MEXICO 1978 S-C-P 18 Pat McGee Begins with account of creation from legends of Central American Indians. Briefly traces development of these people from Asian origins, through Olmecs, Zapotecs, Mayans, Toltecs, and Astecs; focuses on Mayan culture: art, religion, writing, astronomy.
145 MESSAGE FROM MARS 1977 S-P 14 Don Knapp Opens with Viking landing on Mars; flashback survey of history of Martian observations: Naked eye, telescope, and spacecraft observations; then physical features of Mars described. Remainder THOROUGHLY discusses the Viking Missions.
146 MILKY WAY: ANATOMY OF A GALAXY 1977 S-C-P 16 D. Bruber & G. Stasiuk Basic Milky Way: What is in it; what is its structure; how we discovered its shape.
147 MILKY WAY 1969 E 15 Dave Hoffman Discussion of the Milky Way.
148 MOON, OUR COMPANION IN SPACE 1965 E 9 Dave Hoffman Discussion of moon’s rotation and revolution in space, along with its characteristics.
149 MOON’S CHANGING PATTERNS 1979 E 16 Dorothy Angeloff The phenomenon of the moon’s changing shapes, so obvious to the neophyte’s observing eyes, is explored in detail. Its size/distance relationships to the sun and the Earth, and its tilted orbital path give rise to related events which are also examined.
150 MOTIONS IN THE SKY ? E 11 R. Reese, J. Nadeau, C. Ewing Discusses motions in the sky and their effect on observation: moon’s orbit, eclipses, solar eclipse, lunar eclipse, sun’s orbit, star motion touched upon, Earth’s orbit, planet’s orbits (retrograde motion).
151 MR. MOON AND HIS FRIENDS ? E 16 Dorothy Angeloff A pesky little character, Mr. Moon, keeps popping up to interrupt the narrator as the children are guided through the seasonal skies.
152 MUSIC, MAGIC, AND MATHEMATICS ? S 5 Dave Hoffman Program has students plotting Mars in Scorpius over a six-month period, then “discovering” how this plotting led to Kepler’s discovery of the motion of the planets in the sky.
153 MYSTERIOUS STANDING STONES ? S-C-P 17 Bill Rush This reviews the book Stonehenge Decoded, by Dr. Hawkins, where archaeology and astronomy marry to explain the mysteries of Stonehenge.
154 MYSTERY OF STONEHENGE 1965 S-C-P 9 Tom Gates Background astronomy information. Relates astronomy facts to Stonehenge construction, background on construction techniques and problems. Finally explains the origin of Stonehenge.
155 MYTHOLOGY AS IT HAPPENED (JASON AND THE GOLDEN FLEECE) 1980 E-S 11 David Parker The story of Jason and the Golden Fleece is told in play format.
156 NAME THAT PLANET: A WILD AND CRAZY INTRODUCTION TO THE SOLAR SYSTEM 1980 E-S-C-P 8 Roger Grossenbacher This program was written to include as much up-to-date information about the planets as a 1/2-hour show could present, yet do it in an interesting and entertaining way.
157 NAKED EYE STARS OF SUMMER 1977 P 21 Dorothy Angeloff Viewers eye summer stars. Once setting is established, viewers move quickly through summer constellations and myths associated with them.
158 THE NEAR FRONTIER 1980 P 7 Dr. Carolyn Sumners This program is designed to coincide with the orbital flights of the Space Shuttles scheduled for 1981.
159 NEBULAE: SUMMER AND WINTER 1981 S 11 Gail Bouslog Discussion of the summer and winter nebulae.
160 NEW WINDOWS ON THE UNIVERSE ? P 23 Dorothy Angeloff This program surveys the various space age instruments used to peer at the electromagnetic spectrum of the Universe.
161 NIGHTFALL 1974 P 25 Isaac Asimov Play based on story by Isaac Asimov. Lagash— a world with six suns, and a world that has never know night. A legend you were told as a child claims that once every 2,050 years all the suns disappear in the sky. Something called “night” happens, and things called “stars” appear and rob men of their souls and cause civilizations to come to an end.
162 NOMADS AND EMPIRE BUILDERS ? P 15 G. Stasiuk & D. Gruber Exploration of the unknown: the past, present, and the future.
163 NOTHING LIKE A COMET 1980 P 9 MacMillan Planetarium Staff A very excellent historical survey of the comets.
164 NOUS SOMMES DU SOLEIL/ WE ARE ONE IN THE SUN 1977 P 25 Tom Callen 1. Star stuff (describes the sun’s birth). 2. End of Kings (describes supernova theory that made dinosaurs extinct). 3. Ancients (ancients relating to the Universe). 4. Hole energy (black hole discussed by Dr. Wisniewski, Dr. Kip Dickison, and reporter). 5. Pilgrimage of curiosity (conclusion).
165 ODYSSEY, AN ? S 26 Dave Hoffman The odyssey of a barrel of oil, based on an illustrated article which appeared in a magazine section of the N.Y. Times.
166 ON ANY CLEAR NIGHT 1973 E 18 MacMillan Planetarium Staff Basic program in introductory astronomy shows observer some of the celestial objects that can be seen, what to look for, and when and where to look.
167 ONCE IN A BLUE MOON 1974 S-C 20 Bonneau Benefits of space program, lunar motion around Earth, lunar mythology, and origin of the moon.
168 ONCE UPON THE ZODIAC 1974 P 21 Don David, Bruce Dietrich, and Irving Zazlov Program begins by introducing astrology signs of the zodiac, then defines and surveys the history of astrology from ancient astrology to the various branches of astrology. 3 pages defending astrology, then conclusion: Maybe astrology and astronomy will one day join forces.
169 ORION AND WINTER SKY WONDERS ? P 4 S.C.Hallock Winter sky constellations discussed.
170 ORION’S ARM 1975 S-C-P 24 Donald McDonald In-depth presentation of the Milky Way Galaxy and our sun’s position in a particularly detailed description of the “spiral arm” that our sun inhabits.
171 ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE 1972 P 4 Gerald Glassmeyer The legend of Lyra, the harp of Orpheus.
172 OUR CELESTIAL NEIGHBORS 1976 E 7 Bates College Planetarium Staff Program for children discusses the sun, solar system, Earth’s rotation and revolution, and the constellations Big Dipper and Orion.
173 OUR GALAXY AND BEYOND 1978 E-S 8 Cranbrook Institute Excellent survey of our galaxy, the galactic objects, plus the four types of galaxies.
174 OUR MOON 1963 S-C-P 13 ? Very complete survey of the moon. Covers a. 40 degrees latitude observation, diurnal and annual; b. North Pole observation, diurnal and annual; c. physical conditions on moon; d. satellites to the moon.
175 OUTER SPACE/COMETS, STARS & GALAXIES 1976 E 12 Bates College Planetarium Staff Discussion of constellations of Big Dipper, Little Dipper, Leo, and Orion. Discusses star birth, life, death, using Orion as an example. Meteors, comets, follow, concluding with galaxies.
176 PAST, COPERNICUS, AND PRESENT 1976 S-C-P 14 Unknown Survey of history of astronomy: Ptolemy’s 6 classes of star brightness, division of constellations, North star, planets, planet worship by ancients, Ptolemy’s system, Copernicus’ model, Brahe’s model, Galileo, and astronomy today.
177 PLANET QUEST 1986 S-C-P 19 Dale Smith Planet program with each planet acting as a first person narrator.
178 PLANETARIUM AND ITS USE 1962 P 10 S. Plakidis & D. Simopoulos Survey of development of planetarium machine and its use, followed by a complete and thorough explanation of what the planetarium machine can do.
179 PLANETARIUM GUIDE TO FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROGRAMS 1981 P 4 Uwe Lemmer General outline of a planetarium program and outlines and options; Planetarium Guide to foreign language programs.
180 PLANETARIUMSPROGRAMM FÜR HORCESCHADIGET UND GEHORLOSE 1981 P 17 Uwe Lemmer Planetarium program presentation for the deaf in Germany (in German).
181 PLANETARY EXPLORATION IN THE 1970’S 1980 P 24 Don Knapp Planetary exploration of the 1970’s is discussed: Mariner and Viking to Mats; Mariner 10 to Mercury; Veneras and Pioneer Venus to Venus, and the Voyagers to Jupiter.
182 PLANETS, THE 1959 P 13 D. Simopoulos (Translator) Part I discusses and demonstrates planetary motion from Earth, “apparent” movement over 24-hour period, then annual motion, followed by a top view of planetary motion. The second part discusses individual planet characteristics.
183 PLANETS — WANDERERS IN THE ZODIAC 1971 P 15 Warren M. Brotonov Very detailed survey of the planets (distances given in terms of USAF Academy), then beginning with the sun, the program takes an imaginary trip out to Pluto.
184 PLANET X CHRONICLES ? S-C-P 16 D. Gruber & D. Davis Origin of Earth, ancient astronomy and planetary theory, discovery of trans-Saturnian planets and asteroids, discovery of comets.
185 PRISONERS OF THE SUN 1974 E 10 Sig Wieser The sun acts as a narrator in this overview of the solar system. Each planet’s physical characteristics are described, and comets and meteorites are briefly covered. The possible origin of the solar system is also mentioned.
187 REALM OF THE UNKNOWN 1979 S-C-P 19 USAF Academy Planetarium Strange happenings in the Universe: 7/30/1908: Tunguska event in Siberia. Possible explanations of the event: meteoroid theory, comet theory, black hole theory, anti-matter theory, and UFO’s theory all considered.
188 REFLECTIONS ? P 19 Larry Haunenaker Life among the stars: four ingredients for a life-supporting star, conditions for a planet supporting life. Creatively mixed with Martian life, discussion of Earth life possibilities.
189 REFLECTIONS OF AN INDIAN BOY ? E 10 Thomas Torson Begins with brief introduction to planetarium, then tells Indian myth of the Pleiades, Hyades, Big and Little Dippers, on the elementary level.
190 REJOICE IN THE SUN ? S-C-P 15 G. Stasiuk & D. Gruber Earth relationship to sun, ancient solar mythology, eclipses, constellations, solar formations, sun’s effect on Earth, sun’s energy production, death of sun, and space travel.
191 SCRIPTURES SPEAK 1981 P 11 Jerry Mansfield Various scriptures from the Good News for Modern Man version of the Bible are set to music and planetarium effects.
192 SEARCH FOR LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE 1974 P 17 MacMillan Planetarium Staff Introduction of H.G. Wells, “War of the Worlds”, invasion of people from Mars, 2. Mars as observed by Mariner 9, 3. Other planets 4. Other solar systems, Barnard’s star, different kinds of stars: Anatares or Betelgeuse, Rigel or Deneb, Mira or Tau Ceti, Project Ozma.
193 SEARCH FOR OTHER SOLAR SYSTEMS 1972 S-C-P 23 MacMillan Planetarium Staff Introduction: How our solar system was discovered, 1. Preparing for search of other solar systems — searches in ours first, 2. Other solar systems: Alpha Centauri example. 3. Solar system formation. 4. Perturbations: Barnard’s star example.
194 SEARCH FOR UNEARTHLY LIFE 1971 S-C 19 John M. Howell Basic physical concepts of force and motion, statement of the topic of the program, origin of Earth and life, chemically and biologically. Journey to Mars to look for life. Discussion of 3 different types of stars and their changes to support life, discussion of Martian life possibilities, radio astronomy.
195 SEASONS 1974 E-S-P 37 Members of the Cleveland Regional Association of Planetariums Fall segment: Grades 4-6: Planetarium discussion of length of days going from fall to winter. Winter segment: Public program: Cause of seasons, winter sky, effects of winter on human activities. Spring segment: Interdisciplinary. Summer segment: Primary grades: June 22: Day and night.
196 SEASONS: AN EARTH-SUN RELATIONSHIP 1979 S-C-P 19 James Brown This program examines the relationship that exists between the Earth and the sun — to see how this relationship determines the magnitude of the heating effect of the sun, and how this results in the unique yearly cycle we call seasons.
197 SECRETS OF THE GOLDEN DISK 1977 P 20 Dorothy Angeloff Discussion of the discoveries about the sun made by current data from satellites (OSO, Pioneers 9 and 10, Skylab, and Helios A).
198 SECRETS OF THE GREAT PYRAMID ? S 10 Dave Hoffman Program deals with TV special “In Search of Ancient Astronauts,” and book by Von Daniken, which says spacemen built pyramids. Then it explains why his theory is incorrect in terms of astronomy and Egyptology, and allows listener to draw their own conclusions as to why it was built.
199 SETI: SEARCH FOR EXTRA-
TERRESTRIAL INTELLIGENCE
1980 P 19 Don Knapp The first place the life-search begins is Mars. Possible life-giving stars are explored next, along with spacecraft carrying messages to the stars. Finally, radio telescopes are used to send messages to the stars, and to search for life.
200 SHAKESPEARE’S UNIVERSE 1977 S-C 17 Jack Dunn Excerpts from Shakespeare show how his works explored man’s place in the heavens by citing examples of how people of his time used the stars to guide them in their daily lives.
201 SILVER MOON AND GOLDEN NUMBERS 1974 E 7 Dave Hoffman Special Easter program dealing with the astronomical basis for the determination of the dates for Easter Sunday.
202 SKIES OF VAN GOGH 1976 E-S-P 3 A. Blocher Short planetarium segment on skies of Van Gogh accompanied by song “Vincent” by Don McClean.
203 SKYFUL OF AMERICAN LEGENDS 1976 P 53 Dorothy Angeloff A “U.S. history” look at the old Greek myths of the constellations.
204 SKYFUL OF AMERICAN LEGENDS 1976 E-P 13 Don Knapp Renames Greek constellations with American folk heroes, and tells their legends in word an American folk songs.
205 SKY ZOO 1973 E 9 J. Reed Belasco Stars get together and form constellations for mother, who needs a birthday gift for her son. Constellations: Cygnus, Aquila, Delphinus, Tarurus, Leo, Canis Major, Big and Little Bear.
206 SLICE OF LIFE 1975 S 18 Dorothy Angeloff Deals with how the relationship between the Earth, sun and moon influence the growth and behavior patterns of all living things.
207 SNOOPY’S TRIP TO THE PLANETS ? E 34 Dorothy Angeloff Snoopy guides elementary children on a tour of the planets.
208 SOLAR SYSTEM 1977 E 10 R. Reese, J. Nadeau, & C. Weing Survey of planets, blending mythology with brief description of their location in relationship to the sun, and why they orbit the sun. Sun, then Mercury through Pluto are discussed with their characteristics.
209 SOLAR SYSTEM WITH BARON VON SNOOPY ? ? ? Duane Stanley Survey of solar system with dialogue between Director and Charlie Brown characters.
210 SPACE: A REVOLUTION IN ASTRONOMY ? S-C-P 16 W. Brotonov Space: 1. Ancient idea — Egyptians and Babylonians, 2. Three great periods: Greek, Copernicus, Galileo. 2. 1957: Space age — three programs which have contributed to our knowledge: Apollo, Mariner to Mars and OAO.
211 SPACE ORBITS: THE UNIVERSE IN MOTION 1972 S-C 23 M. Schwitters VERY detailed explanation of the mechanics of space flight. 1. Look at historical development of understandings of laws of moving Universe and at some of the natural applications of those laws. 2. Develop the mechanics of motion. 3. Look at how the mechanics of space motion are applied to space missions.
212 SPACE SHUTTLE PLANETARIUM PRESENTATION 1980 P 8 NASA A 10-minute presentation from NASA designed to be incorporated into a planetarium presentation.
213 SPECIAL RELATIVITY 1973 S-C 11 M. Schwitters Introduction to subject of program, review of death of star — black holes, distances to stars, basic concept of theory or relativity.
214 SPECTRUM: SCIENCE FICTION UNIVERSE 1977 S-C-P 17 Jack Dunn Short history surveying the development of science fiction literature. Gives several examples of some fantastic predictions that are very close to reality.
215 SPLENDOURS OF THE SOUTHERN SKY 1979 S-C-P 3 MacMillan Planetarium Staff Scene 1: Mt. Kobau. 2. Vancouver Planetarium. 3. Unknown sky (Southern Hemisphere). 4. Las Campanas. 5. Stars of the south. 6. European Southern Observatory. 7. Cerro Tololo. 8. Southern mysteries. 9. Conclusions.
216 SPRING SKIES 1981 E-S-P 19 Gail Bouslog Discussion of the spring skies and the mythology of Hydra, Corvus, Crater, Bootes, Theseus (Corona Borealis), Leo, Libra, and Persephone (Virgo), and why we have seasons.
217 SPRING SKY MAP ? S-P 17 Dorothy Angeloff First day of spring and its related events are reviewed as the director demonstrates the relationship of Earth to sun on that day. Audience learns that the ecliptic crosses the celestial equator in Pisces (5,000 years ago it was in Aries; 650 years from now it will be in Aquarius). Closes with sunrise.
218 SPRING SKIES: HERCULES 1981 P 29 Apapted by Gail Bouslog Discusses the mythology of Hercules as it relates to the spring sky.
219 STARDUST 1971 P 19 Von Del Chamberlain Discussion of origin and structure of the Universe. The historical and present theories on elements and atomic structure, followed by a discussion of how these elements were formed by fusion, and eventually became part of the human body.
220 STAR FOR SANTA’S TREE 1979 E 9 Christine Knapp The story of Twinkle, a star who lived near the North Pole and observed Santa Claus prepare for Christmas. A star is to be chosen to top Santa’s tree, and all the bright winter stars tell why they should be chosen. Twinkle is finally chosen, however, and is renamed Polaris.
221 STAR IN THE EAST ? S-C-P 15 USAF Academy Traces Star of Bethlehem story — uses historical and scientific background.
222 STAR OF BETHLEHEM 1962 P 10 C. Hassaspis Very general and shallow treatment of subject.
223 STAR OF BETHLEHEM 1971 S-C-P 13 C. Hassaspis Traces Star of Bethlehem story, especially motions of the planets.
224 STAR OF BETHLEHEM ? S-C-P 13 Tom Bates Christmas program; historical background; planetary conjunctions.
225 STAR OF BETHLEHEM 1975 P 22 Dorothy Angeloff Christmas Star story.
226 STAR OF BETHLEHEM 1954 P 18 Michael Bennett Discussion of Star of Bethlehem.
227 STAR OF BETHLEHEM (1981) 1981 P 25 Carl J. Wenning A unique approach to the Star of Bethlehem: It was not a “star” but the “Glory” of God appearing as a bright light.
228 STAR OF LIFE 1975 P 21 Dorothy Angeloff A program discussing the sun’s physical features, then a comparison of our sun with other stars in the sky.
229 STAR OF LIFE ? S-C 30 David DeBruyn VERY detailed survey of the sun.
230 STAR OF THE MAGI 1971 S-P 19 Donald McDonald Christmas story — historical background and planetary motions.
231 STAR OF WONDER 1980 P 34 Abrams Planetarium Discussion of where our Christmas customs come from. Dec. 24 sky discussion. Sky is changed to 7 or 6 B.C; Star of Bethlehem is discussed. 1980, ’81, and ’82 conclusions.
234 STAR OVER BETHLEHEM 1976 S-C-P 35 Thomas Torson Star of Bethlehem story.
235 STAR-SPANGLED SKY 1976 P 32 Tom Hamilton Contains 200 year span of astronomical contributions made by American astronomers.
236 STARS BY SEASONS 1981 S 5 Gail Bouslog Discussion of the 20 brightest stars at 40 degrees North latitude.
237 STARS OF MAUNA KEA 1976 S-C-P 26 MacMillan Planetarium Staff 1. Hawaii, 2. Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, 3. The search begins, 4. Mt. Kobau, 5. Mauna Kea and the CFH Telescope.
238 STARS OVER POMPEII 1977 S-C-P 8 Martha Schaefer Program about Roman mythology and the skies that are over Pompeii.
239 STAR WARS 1980 E 36 Adapted by Gail Bouslog Script of the record “Star Wars Original Soundtrack.”
240 STELLAR EVOLUTION 1978 S 14 James Brown A fifteen-minute program discussing the chemical changes occurring when a star dies (depending on its mass).
241 STONEHENGE III 1969 S-C—P 21 Jesse Besser Museum Deals with the history of Stonehenge’s construction and current theories pertinent to its use.
242 STONEHENGE ? S-C-P 19 ? Introduction to modern space science, background information on time of construction, discussion of construction techniques and problems. Background legends and explanations of Hawkin’s work
243 STONEHENGE 1979 S-C-P 17 ? Background on ancient monuments, old questions and theories as to the origin of Stonehenge, astronomical use of stones and openings.
244 STONEHENGE ? P 16 Lawrence Hall of Science Staff Participatory planetarium program on Stonehenge with real-live audience participation.
245 STORY, A STORY, LET IT COME, LET IT GO 1974 E 6 David Sanford Tells stories of African mythology and ties it in with sky and constellations.
246 STRUCTURE OF THE UNIVERSE 1969 S-C 17 M. Schwetters Program discusses measurements for distances and velocities of stars, nebulae, local group galaxies, cosmology, and quasars.
247 STUDYING EARTH’S ENVIRONMENT FROM SPACE AND WITH REMOTE SENSORS ? S 15 ? This program discusses advantages of viewing Earth from space, lists the applications of remote sensing, and gives examples of it.
248 SUMMER SKIES 1981 E-S 20 Gail Bouslog Discusses the spring skies and the mythology of Ophiuchus, Serpens, Orpheus (Lyra), Aquila, Cygnus, Capricornus, Sagittarius, and Scorpius.
249 SUN: STAR OF LIFE 1973 S-C 16 Von Del Chamberlain VERY detailed program abut the sun.
250 SUN, STARS & SEASONS 1968 P 16 Von Del Chamberlain Spring sky discussion, followed by summer sky. Then autumn sky is discussed with “harvest moon” explanation. Winter sky follows, with a conclusion on the reasons for the seasons.
251 SUNSHINE AND MOONBEAM: AN ENVIRONMENTAL FABLE 1974 S-C 18 Don Davis Introduction of science fiction story, review of geologic history, sun mythology, sun features. Review of stellar astronomy, history. Sun’s effect on Earth, sun energy production, eclipses, moon motion, calendars, lunar geology, problems of pollution, possible solutions.
252 SURVEY ? P 9 Bonneau Survey of man’s view of the Universe from ancient man to present-day cosmologies.
253 TALE OF COMETS 1976 E 2 Jeanne Bishop Tells how the Comet of 1835 got American astronomy moving.
254 TAURUS INCIDENT 1970 S-C-P 27 MacMillan Planetarium Staff Discusses electromagnetic spectrum, then radiation from the Universe to Earth (radio and visible light rays). Three ways to explore space: naked eye, telescope, and photographic film.
255 TAURUS EPISODE OF 1054 ? P 30 Dorothy Angeloff Discussion of Crab Nebula and its relationship to the life cycle of stars.
256 TECHNICOLOR FANTASY ? S-C 16 G. Stasiuk & D. Gruber 1. Physiology of seeing; electromagnetic spectrum, radio sun, infrared “heat,” visible spectrum, ultraviolet, x-rays; 2. Moire disk — color: primary and secondary; Comet Kehoutek — photography from Skylab, infrared, visible , and ultraviolet, stars: color and temperature, spectroscopy, H-R Diagram discussion.
257 THROUGH THE JUPITER VEIL 1973 S-C-P 32 Vancouver Museums & Planetarium Staff Survey of history of Jupiter exploration: by telescope, by Cassini and Roemer, who discovered the speed of light, characteristics of Jupiter, then a discussion of the preparations for Pioneer 10 to observe Jupiter.
258 THROUGH THE REALM OF GIANTS 1980 P 33 David Romanowski Jupiter’s Pioneer and Voyagers 1 and 2 discoveries are highlighted in this program.
259 TIME 1975 S-C-P 19 Pat McGee Introduction: Difficult to define time, trip to Lamron, imaginary world with 4 suns. 1. Learning how time is measured: year day, month. 2. Man-made units: week, hour, minute, and second. 3. Astronomical time in Universe. 4. Cosmology. 5. Einstein’s theory of relativity.
260 TIME OF THE PLANETS 1979 S-C-P 18 USAF Academy Planetarium Good survey of the exploration of the moon, Venus, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
261 TIME OF THE TRIANGLE 1971 S-C-P 18 Donald McDonald Surveys summer constellations and their mythology.
262 TIME, SPACE, AND THE STARS 1971 S-C-P 30 Donald McDonald Review of basic cosmological principles, with some details on measurement of time and astronomical techniques.
263 TO THE PLANETS AND BEYOND? ? E-S-P 14 Ronald Reese The program tries to answer the question as to where man can go to set up space settlements. Solar system is surveyed, two nearest stars, and the galaxy — all uninhabitable. Conclusion: stay on Earth.
264 TRIP TO THE MOON WITH BARON VON SNOOPY ? E 4 Duane Stanley Director and Baron Von Snoopy converse with one another as the audience takes a trip to the moon.
265 TWELVE LABORS OF HERCULES 1978 S-C-P 27 Dorothy Angeloff Hercules, the best known Roman and Greek hero, traveled the world and overcame the forces of evil. Among the legends surrounding this hero are those describing the twelve labors — which tie into the constellations of the sky.
266 UFO FACTOR 1977 S-C-P 16 D. Gruber & G. stasiuk UFO’s from the aspect of what are all the possibilities of what UFO’s might be, not just optical illusions or extraterrestrial spacecraft — closely examines the Betty & Barney Hill case.
267 UFO’S: A FADING PHENOMENA? ? S-C-P 18 G. Stasiuk Imaginary story, night sky identification, UFO theory discussion. Possibility of extraterrestrial life and life on other planets and in the galaxy.
268 ULTIMATE FRONTIER 1977 S-C-P 22 D. Gruber & G. Stasiuk The human experience in space — the story of spaceflight, the reminiscences of the Kendall Planetarium staff who lived the space era from 1957, the sights and sounds of history as it happened.
269 UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS 1977 S-C-P 35 MacMillan Planetarium Staff 1. Early encounter; 2. Many UFO’s identified; 3. Flying saucers and life beyond Earth; 4. Encounters; 5. Summary.
270 UNITS OF TIME ? E 9 Bates College Planetarium Staff Introduction: different types of clocks used. Involve planetarium to explain units of time: day, week, month, and year.
271 UNIVERSE THEATRE ? P 13 Adler Planetarium Staff Slide show which is a survey of how man’s view of the Universe has changed from Earth out to present-day views.
272 UPPER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHOW 1980 E 13 Jack Dunn Outstanding survey of the planets (very updated), including Voyager 2 discoveries.
273 URSA MAJOR, CONSTELLATION 1976 E 5 Dave Hoffman Introduces Ursa Major as constellation slaves followed to freedom during the Civil War (Drinking Gourd). Find Dipper in sky, then discussion of mythology from other nations, including Indians.
274 VIKING: MARS 1977 S-C-P 14 D. Gruber & G. Stasiuk Mars; observing its motions in the sky. Historical discoveries about the planets by Hall, Schiaperelli, then Viking.
275 VISITORS FROM SPACE 1975 S 17 Mark Sonntag Introduction: formation of solar system, meteorites, and craters on Earth, geologic research into this, and craters on the moon.
276 VOYAGE TO INFINITY ? S-C 28 Donald McDonald Introduction: early man to present -day telescopes, life cycle of stars. Comets, Jupiter, Saturn. Lyra — stars in, Cygnus — nebulae in, Sagittarius — nebulae in. Milky Way galaxy — shape and rotation. Local group of galaxies, types of galaxies, and quasars.
277 VOYAGE TO THE RINGED PLANET 1981 p 25 Alan French This program surveys Saturn by beginning with Earth-based telescopes, continuing to Voyager 2’s discoveries in 1979. Voyager 1’s October 1980 discoveries are covered, as are Saturn’s rings and moons: Titan, Dione, and Mimas.
278 WAR OF THE WORLDS (ORIGINAL BROADCAST) 1980 S 25 Mark Sonntag Script to coordinate to the original broadcast of the ”War of the Worlds” record by Orson Wells on October 30, 1938. Also a paper prepared for the October 1974 GLPA Conference held in Terre Haute, IN, as to how to present this program in the planetarium.
279 WAR OF THE WORLDS ? E-S 16 H. G. Wells This is a shortened and more dramatized form of the original H.G. Wells novel War of the Worlds. This script accompanies the record; slides may be made from Classics Illustrated Comic Books, Dept. S. 101 Fifth Avenue, N.Y. N.Y. 10003.
280 WHATEVER HAPPENED TO KRYPTON, THE MISSING PLANET? 1977 S-C-P 21 MacMillan Planetarium Staff 1. Introduction, 2. Pythagoras and the Music of the Spheres, 3. Bode’s Law and the asteroids, 4. Formation of the solar system. 5. Michael Ovenden and the Krypton Theory.
281 WHAT IS A STAR? ? P 10 S. C. Hallock Basic introduction to stellar characteristics.
282 WHERE DO WE LIVE? ? E 15 Dave Hoffman Gives the student a perspective of where his is in relationship to the solar system.
283 WHERE IS IT? 1981 S 13 Dave Hoffman Coordinate systems discussed: longitude and latitude, azimuth and altitude, and right ascension and declination.
284 WINDS OF CHANGE 1979 P 30 Dorothy Angeloff The “Grand Alignment” of the planets in 1982 and speculation of the events this will cause form the basis of this program.
285 WINGS OF FIRE, EYES OF GLASS ? S-C 18 D. Gruber “Imaginary” launch of Nomad — explains instruments that help it navigate in space. Approaches Mercury, Venus, Mars, asteroid belt, Jupiter, Saturn — results described.
286 WINTER SKIES 1981 E-S-P 22 Gail Bouslog Discussion of the winter skies and the mythology of Orion, Canis Major & Minor, Auriga, Lepus, Eridanus, Phaethon, Cancer, Gemini, and Taurus.
287 WINTER SKY OBJECTS ? S-C-P 20 Dorothy Angeloff Winter constellations, mythology, celestial motion, magnitude, star color, nebulae, double stars, Milky Way, and galaxies.
288 WISCONSIN: A STATE FOR ALL SEASONS 1984 S-C-P 3 Dave DeRemer & Gary Sampson The four seasons and how they affect Wisconsin.
289 WONDERS OF THE SUMMER SKY 1964 P 6 S.C. Hallock Summer sky lecture.
290 WORLDS IN COLLISION/THEORIES OF IMMANUEL VELIKOVSKY ? S-C 13 Noble Planetarium Argument against Immanuel Velikovsky’s book Worlds in Collision.
291 ZODIAC 1975 S-C-P 19 MacMillan Planetarium Staff Introduction: Is Earth affected by mysterious cosmic forces? Beginnings: Ancient people’s relationship to sun and stars. Babylonians: developers of astrology. Discovery of Zodiac: Description of ecliptic. Modern era: Preparation of modern horoscopes based on ancient beliefs, but ... contrasts it to modern-day discoveries. Conclusion.
292-A I PAINT THE SKY 1988 S-C-P 17 D. Smith, Bowling Green State Univer. First person format: discusses atmospheric phenomena such as sky colors, water (rainbows), sundogs, aurorae.
293 IT’S ABOUT TIME 1988 S-C-P 19 D. Smith, Bowling Green State Univer. An historical study about time-keeping: sundials, waterclocks, and the determination of the day, week, month, seasons, and calendars.
294 JOURNEY TO EARTH 1988 S-C-P 13 D. Smith, Bowling Green State Univer. A journey outward from Earth through the Milky Way, to the Local Group of galaxies, to the Virgo Supercluster, and return to Earth, viewing specific stars on the way back.
295 PLANET QUEST 1986 S-C-P 19 D. Smith, Bowling Green State Univer. Historical introduction to solar system cosmologies. First person report from each planet.
296 STAR TRACKS 1988 S-C-P 10 D. Smith, Bowling Green State Univer. Narration about stars, constellations, and deep space objects of Northern and Southern Hemispheres; to be used with a background of space music.