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During a short presentation the Clemson University Planetarium show touchs on a wide variety of astronomy and astrophysics topics. Time constraints restrict in depth coverage of any single subject. Therefore, it would be beneficial for any group with a scheduled Planetarium show to review some of the following topics prior to the visit.

In general the topics covered during a show include:
  • Apparent Brightness of Stars
  • Color of Stars
  • Meteoroid, Meteors and Meteorites
  • Meteor Showers
  • The Milky Way
    • Our Galaxy
    • Number of Stars
    • Shape
    • Apperance in the Night Sky
  • Constellations
    • Ursa Major (Big Dipper)
    • Ursa Minor (Little Dipper)
    • Draco (The Dragon)
    • Orion (The Hunter)
  • Position of the Constellations from the North Pole and Equator
  • Motion of the Earth
    • Daily Rotation
    • Yearly Orbit
  • Daily Motion of the Stars
  • Yearly Motion of the Planets
  • Characteristics of Solar System Objects
    • The Sun
    • Mercury
    • Venus
    • Earth and its Moon
    • Mars
    • Asteroid Belt
    • Jupiter and its Moons
    • Saturn
    • Uranus
    • Neptune
    • Pluto
  • Galactic and Deep Space Objects
    • Star Clusters
    • Nebula
    • Spiral, Elliptical and Irregular Galaxies

Many of the topics covered during a show can be found in the links below.

Athena - Earth and Space Science for K-12.

Observatorium - by NASA.

LTP - NASA's Learning Technology Project.

Space Link - by NASA.

Hands On Universe

An Astronomy Course - for students using the internet.

The Peoria Astronomical Society


Imagine the Universe

Windows to the Universe

WebStars - Astrophysics in Cyberspace

YPOP Classroom - Solar astronomy lessons and activities.

The Nine Planets

Views of the Solar System

Welcome to the Planets - JPL

APOD - Astronomy Picture of the Day.

The Constellations - and their stars.

The Constellations Web Page

Stories Behind the Constellations

Table of Constellations

Stars - Star of the Week.

HST Pictures - Hubble Space Telescope Images.

Morrison Planetarium - History and general information on planetaria.

For more information on planetarium shows for your group call the Visitors Center at 864-656-4789

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Department of Physics and Astronomy
118 Kinard Laboratory
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634-1911