School Groups

Programs

Shows are $60 for a 50-minute live planetarium show, with a group size of up to 17 guests. This number is 50% of normal capacity and ensures that current physical distancing guidelines can be observed. We require at least one adult chaperone per group.

All our programs are live and presented by a professor or student of astronomy.  A typical program will begin with a preview and sampling of what is currently visible in our skies.  Content can be crafted to include the subjects you are covering in class by the presenter.  Here are some topics popular with our local school groups:

  • Journey Through the Solar System:  A dynamic tour of the solar system, with captivating visits to the sun, the moon, the planets, moons, and other minor bodies in our neighborhood.  The specific route through our solar system is able to be tailored to the desires and interests of each group.
  • The Milky Way - Inside and Out:  A captivating voyage through the local neighborhood of our home galaxy, showcasing the appearance of the Milky Way from various locations.  Highlighting its geometry and structure, the show culminates with a breathtaking view we would see from outside the Milky Way.  Hopefully, your cosmic perspective will be forever altered.
  • The Life Cycles of Stars:  A full-dome movie that takes students through the birth, life, and death of different types of stars.  Showcasing the events that trigger star formation, and ultimately depicting the cataclysmic demise of the most massive stars, this show will delight the stellar enthusiast in you.
  • Capturing the Aurora Borealis:  A full-dome movie that explains the phenomenon we call the Northern lights.  Includes beautiful cinematography and time-lapse videos of auroral outbursts.  Whether or not you've seen an auroral display, this program has some visual appeal for everyone.
  • Gems of the Night Sky:  An in-depth look at some of the most beautiful objects visible from our backyards here in Montana.  Covering objects visible at the limits of the naked eye, along with those that are stunning in a telescope, you’ll come away with an appreciation of the hidden treasures passing overhead each night.
  • The Constellations Through Time:  A continuation of our introductory constellation segment, audiences will explore the mythologies and cultural interpretations of the stars.  Including an illustration of how the seasons alter the appearance of the night sky, audiences will also witness the constellations transform as we drift one million years into the future. 

School shows are offered on weekdays during normal class time. Given the demand, and the availability of our faculty, staff, and student presenters, we cannot guarantee your preferred time will be available.

Request a School Show

To request a show, fill out the school request form.  We'll contact you to work out the details of your show. Additional questions?  Haven't heard from us? Please call 406-243-2073.

Submission of this form does NOT guarantee that you will receive your requested program date.