Livestream a Planetarium Show at Home!

Earth's wild ride

The NASA Space Science Education Consortium and Rice University invite you to watch an online planetarium show this Wednesday, April 29, from 5 to 6 pm (MDT).

Especially in honor of the 50th anniversary of “Earth Day”, watch their popular planetarium show “Earth’s Wild Ride” with commentary from the Executive Producer Patricia Reiff and author Carolyn Sumners.  Earth’s Wild Ride introduces 13 topics of Earth science in an exciting fulldome “ride” format.  Originally funded by NASA, it was the first fulldome show (released 2005) to feature a lunar colony at Shackleton crater! 

Q&A will be held after each segment (eclipse, ice age, dinosaur extinction, volcano and river)  and also after the 25-minute show. 

Register FREE via Eventbrite.:
Zoom login information will be provided with the registration confirmation.

Can’t fit the Wednesday showing into your schedule? You can watch the show via Youtube anytime — but it won’t include the Q&A sessions and commentary.

Here is a list of discussion questions parents and kids can talk about after watching the show to get even more out of it:

  1. Think about what it’s like to look at the full moon. How does this compare to what lunar colonists see when they look at the full Earth? How does moonlight change the landscape of Earth? How does Earthlight change the landscape of the moon?
  2. Why do scientists expect to find water at the Moon’s poles? Where did the water come from? What didn’t it melt?
  3. Would you want to visit Aiken Station? What you want to do while you were there?
  4. Imagine you could be an email pen pal with Maria or Jason. Write your first email telling about Earth and asking about Aiken Station.
  5. Take a flashlight and a ping pong ball. Cast a shadow of the ping pong ball on a wall. Use this demonstration to explain how a solar eclipse looks from the Moon – and from the Earth.
  6. What natural resources did humans use in Europe during the last Ice Age?
  7. What natural resources do lunar colonists use on the Moon?
  8. Why do stars twinkle in Earth’s sky?
  9. Describe how a volcanic eruption changes the land.
  10. How can an asteroid impact affect the Moon? …the Earth?
  11. Scientists think that an asteroid impact may have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. How could we humans prevent our extinction if another large asteroid hit Earth?
  12. Why does it rain on Earth ….. and not on the moon?
  13. Explain how canyons are formed on Earth.
  14. Why did the grandfather decide to retire to the moon? Do you think he made the right decision?

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