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Bakersfield College

William M Thomas Planetarium at Bakersfield College

Show Overview

Shows are on Tuesday and Thursday mornings only at 10:00 & 11:30 during the college’s fall and spring semesters. Maximum of 72 people per show.

Per the California Department of Public Health K-12 Guidance for the 2021-22 School Yearall students, parents, teachers, adults, etc. must be masked while inside the Planetarium.

Please refer to California Content Standards for Earth Science and Physical Science for more information on the standards discussed in the shows.

You may select from the following grade levels to view a list of shows appropriate for those students:

Grades 1-3

The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket Vocabulary list.

You will first go on a live tour of the evening sky with our Planetarium Director, Nick Strobel, pointing out the constellations and planets you will see in this evening’s sky.

Then you will experience a truly dark night sky and understand how light pollution affects our view of the stars.

After the evening sky tour, you will experience the all-dome video called “The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket.” A 40-minute all-dome video from Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City, you will embark on an outstanding adventure as two children spend a night touring the solar system in their cardboard rocket alongside their ship’s navigator, an astronomy book.

This show was produced with state-of-the-art 3D animation and 5.1 soundtrack with spectacular effects created at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch.

Key Concepts

  • Constellations, myths and why constellations appear to move through the sky
  • Sun facts
  • Sun and planet size comparison (scale model of the solar system)
  • A brief description of each of the planets and some of their major features

Standards

  • Grade 3: Earth Science- 4a, 4d, 4e
  • Grade 4: Earth Science- 5a, 5b, 5c
  • Grade 8: Physical Science- 4e