Our New Planetarium Is Open!
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Kingman Museum has a new planetarium room and system. Thanks
to grants from the Miller Foundation and the Guido A. & Elizabeth
H. Binda Foundation it has purchased a new state-of-the-art projection
and sound systems and 17 programs. Additionally, we had donations
from Battle Creek Tile and Mosaic, who installed the floor coverings,
Union Electric who updated the electrical system, Schweitzer the
general contractor; and labor provided by the SW Michigan Building
Trades: Bricklayers & Allied Crafts #9, IBEW Local #445,
Insulators Heat & Frost #47, Iron Worker Local #340, Painters
and Glaziers #312, and UA Plumbers & Pipe Fitters #333 & 357.
The Evans and Sutherland system is the first of its kind in the
state and is high definition (HD) and cove mounted. But wait,
there’s more. Mid year, because of excellent contract
negotiations, the system will be upgraded FREE to a Digistar 4 the
world's most advanced digital theater system. Digistar 4 redefines
what's possible in a digital planetarium with its sophisticated user
interface, enhanced real time capabilities, and a fully open architecture.
Even if you don’t know what this means…it’s really
Shows run every Saturday afternoon from 1:15 – 4:15 p.m. every hour on the quarter hour. Shows are free with regular admission. For members the admission fee to the museum and the planetarium fee is waived. So, your best bet is to become a member. For $50 for a regular family ($40 military) you can not only visit Kingman Museum free as many times as you want, but you can also get into approximately 280 other science museums in the world that belong to Association of Science and Technology Museums (ASTC).
Call (269) 965-5117 to find out which planetarium shows are playing, or visit our Facebook!
Show Descriptions and State Curriculum Guide for Educators
The search for life in the universe begins as we travel to yet undiscovered
planets in the far reaches of space. In differing environmental
conditions, you’ll discover what living creatures might look
like on worlds very different from our own. Cosmic Safari transforms
scientific theory into exotic worlds filled with fantastic creatures
never before imagined.
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L.OL.04.16, L.EV.E.1, L.EV.03.11, L.EV.03.12, E.ST.E.1, E.ST.04.11,
After spending three years at her father’s astronomy research
station on a dying planet, Subrah, a teenager bored with science,
is excited about leaving-and not a moment too soon. The planet’s
sun is about to explode and it’s time to evacuate. When
a technical glitch launches her father into space without her, Subrah
is faced with the biggest challenge of her life-making her own getaway
and returning safely home.
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P.EN.E.1, P.EN.03.11, P.EN.04.12, E5.p1, E5.p1C
Earth, Moon, Sun
Explore the Earth, Moon, Sun system and learn
how this relationship has influenced life on Earth. Watch the
Moon form during the early days of Earth, visit places that could
be the origin of
life, learn about the phases of the Moon, seasons, and witness solar
and lunar eclipses. Created by Northern Kentucky University.
E.ES.01.11, P.EN.03.21, E.ST.04.11, E.ST.04.12, E.ST.04.21,
E.ST.04.22, E.ST.04.23, E.ST.04.24, E.ST.04.25, E.ES.05.61, E.ES.05.62,
E.ST.05.21, E.ST.05.22, E.ST.05.24, E.ST.05.25, E5.p1A,
Experience nature’s fury as all of her powerful forces are
unleashed. You’ll be throw into the sea to ride out a
massive hurricane, swept into the massive funnel cloud of a violent
tornado, and launched into the heart of a gigantic solar flare. You’ll
learn how these phenomena develop over time and how they can turn
into cataclysmic events when the forces of nature converge.
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E.ES.M.1, E.ES.07.12, E.ES.07.13, E.ES.M.7, E.ES.07.73, E4.3, E4.3A,
E4.3B, E4.3C, E4.3D, E4.3E, E5.2, E5.2A, E5.2B
The Future is Wild
Based on a television series that premiered on Discovery’s Animal
Planet, The Future is Wild offers a glimpse at what might be
the future of the animal kingdom in planet Earth. An international
team of researchers has been looking into how animals and plants
will change and evolve over the next 5 to 200 million years. A team
of over 100 animators and scholars has transformed their ideas into
creatures the fly, walk, and swim. Experience a future fantastic,
based on real science. Telly Award winner. Narrated by John de Lancie.
L.OL.E.1, L.OL.01.13, E.SE.E.2, L.OL.03.32, L.EV.03.12, L.EV.04.22,
L.EC.04.21, L.EV.05.11, L.EV.05.12, L.EV.05.14, E.SE.06.51, E.SE.06.52,
E3.r3f, E5.4D, E5.4e, E5.r4i, B3.4C, L5.p1c
IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar
Join scientists who are investigating the boundary between our Solar
System and the rest of our galaxy in IBEX: Search for the Edge
of the Solar System. Designed for visitors with an appreciation
for the challenges of space science and a desire to learn more about
science research, IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System follows
the creation of NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX). Audiences
will get an in-depth look at the mission and how IBEX is collecting
high-speed atoms to create a map of our Solar System's boundary.
Narrated by two inquisitive teenagers, audiences will hear from the
scientists and engineers that developed the IBEX mission and created
the spacecraft, and get the latest updates on the mission's discoveries.
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E5.p1D, E5.1A, E5.2A, E5.2B, E5.2C, E5.2D
The delicate balance between ice, water, and the existence of life
has been a topic of scientific inquiry for generations. In
travels to the Arctic and Antarctic regions of our planet, we’ll
examine the ecosystems that exist and thrive there and learn how
their survival is connected with our own. Beyond Earth, we’ll
see how the existence of ice shapes the landscape and the natural
systems on other planets an moons in our solar system.
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E.ST.04.22, S.RS.M.1, S.RS.06.17, E.ES.M.1, E.ES.07.13, E.ES.M.6,
E.ES.05.61, E.ES.M.7, E.ES.07.73, E.SE.M.5, E.SE.06.51, E4.p3, E4.p3B,
E5.4, E5.4D, E5.4E, E5.4F
Invaders of Mars!
Under the care of Emmy award winning space artist, Don Davis, this
beautifully crafted show highlights our ongoing exploration of
Mars. We explore the Martian surface as seen by Earth’s various
spacecraft “invaders” and use the data gathered to
explore the red planet as only CGI can. We emerge with a new perspective
on the red planet Mars. Narrated by Tom Baker.
L.OL.E.1, S.RS.E.19, S.RS.M.19, E.ST.05.21, E.FE.07.11, E1.2i
Lamps of Atlantis
Our search for the lost continent of Atlantis takes us on a journey through the astronomical knowledge and understanding of the ancient Greeks. How did the constellations get their names? What different patterns did ancient cultures see in the sky? Was Atlantis a real place? Did it really sink into the sea? We will uncover clues to help us solve this age-old mystery.
Narrated by Terry O’Quinn, John Locke from TV’s LOST.
Mystery of the Christmas Star
Journey back over 2000 years to Bethlehem as we seek to discover
a scientific explanation for the star the wise men followed to
find the baby Jesus. This modern retelling of the Christmas
Story is sure to charm and captivate audiences of all ages.
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E.ST.04.22, E.ST.04.23, S.RS.M.1, S.RS.05.19, E.ES.M.6, E.ES.05.62,
E.ST.M.2, E.ST.05.21, E.ST.05.23, E.ST.05.24, E5.p1, E5.p1A, E5.p1B
From breathtaking landscapes, to violent volcanic eruptions, to Saturn’s
icy rings, New Horizons transports you on a majestic journey
through the planets and moons of our celestial neighborhood. Our
journey begins as we follow a comet through interplanetary space.
On each of our exotic ports of call, real data and images from modern
space probes are transformed into stunning wrap-around visualizations.
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Oasis in Space
Embark on a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe,
galaxy and solar system in search of water-a key ingredient for
life on Earth. With a proven, audience-tested story , and
a 95% viewer approval rating, Oasis in Space offers a
new perspective on a substance of obvious importance to our planet.
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E.FE.E.1, E.FE.02.13, E.FE.02.14, E.ST.E.1, E.ST.04.11, E.ST.04.12,
Secrets of the Sun
An intimate look at the role the sun plays in the life of our solar
system. From the nuclear forces churning at the heart of
the sun to the mass ejections of solar material into surrounding
space, we experience the power of the sun and its impact on the
planets and ultimately life on Earth. We trace the sun’s
life cycle, going back to its beginnings and moving forward in
time to its eventual death.
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E.SE.M.6, E.SE.06.61, E5.1, E5.1B, E5.2, E5.2A, E5.2B, E5.2C, E5.2D
Turn back the pages of time and witness the ancient wonders of the
world as they appeared thousands of years ago. Explore the
great pyramid, stand in the shadow of the towering Colossus and
experience the rest of the world’s Seven Wonders. We
will investigate the theories of how these wonders were created,
and get a glimpse of some of the universe’s greatest wonders.
E.ST.M.2, E.ST.05.21, 5-U1.3.1
Stars of the Pharaohs
Travel to ancient Egypt to see how science was used to tell time,
make a workable calendar, and align huge buildings. You’ll
learn about the connection the ancient Egyptians felt with the
stars and various astronomical phenomena, and experience some of
the most spectacular temples and tombs of the ancient world recreated
in all of their original splendor.
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E.ST.04.22, E.ST.04.23, E.ST.04.24, E.ST.04.25, S.RS.M.1, S.RS.05.19,
E.ES.M.5, E.ES.05.62, E.ST.M.2, E.ST.05.21, E.ST.05.22, E.ST.05.23,
5-U1.3.1, E5.p1, E5.p1A, E5.p1B
Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing
While attending a local star party, two teenage students learn how
the telescope has helped us understand our place in space and how
telescopes continue to expand our understanding of the Universe.
Their conversation with a local female astronomer enlightens them
on the history of the telescope and the discoveries these wonderful
tools have made. The students see how telescopes work and how the
largest observatories in the world use these instruments to explore
the mysteries of the universe. While looking through the astronomer's
telescope, the students, along with the planetarium audience, explore
the Galilean Moons, Saturn's rings, and spiral structure of galaxies.
During their conversation with the astronomer, they also learn about
the discoveries of Galileo, Huygens, Newton, Hubble and many others.
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E.ST.04.11, E.ST.04.12, E.ST.04.21, E.ST.04.23, E.ES.05.62, E1.2E,
E1.2i, E1.2k, E5.p1A, E5.p1C, E5.p1D, E5.1A
An historical look at how we have envisioned the universe
though the ages. We visit some of the ancient sites where our ancestors
erected great structures with special astronomical significance.
Finally we look at the universe through the eyes of today’s
scientists and space explorers to experience a spectacular overview
of the heavens. Telly award finalist.
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E.ST.04.23, S.RS.05.19, E.ST.05.11, E.ST.05.21, E.ST.05.24, S.RS.06.18,
S.RS.06.19, S.RS.07.18, S.RS.07.19, E5.p1A, E5.p1C, E5.p1D, E5.1A,
E5.1b, E5.1c, E5.3A
The beauty of a starlit sky conceals the violent
forces at work within our universe. From the upheaval of a giant
star that explodes to release its material into space, to a future
encounter between the Earth and a large asteroid that is too close
for comfort, we will witness the forces that hold the universe together
and occasionally try to rip it apart.
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S.RS.04.19, E.ST.04.11, E.ST.04.12, S.RS.05.19, L.EV.05.14, S.RS.06.18,
S.RS.06.19, E.SE.06.61, S.RS.07.18, S.RS.07.19, E2.2A, E5.p1A, E5.p1D,
E5.1A, E5.2B, E5.2D, E5.2f, E5.3C
Wonders of the Universe
Peer deep into space through the eyes of the orbiting Hubble Space
Telescope and travel back billions of years in time to witness
the birth of the universe. On this breathtaking excursion,
you'll witness the formation of galaxies and explore some of the
most wondrous nebulae and astronomical structures yet discovered. As
your travels continue, you'll fly deep into our own Milky Way galaxy
and return home to Earth on a spectacular tour through the solar
system. 23 minutes
E.ST.E.1, E.ST.04.11, E.ST.04.12, E.ST.M.2, E.ST.05.21, E5.p1, E5.p1C,
E5.p1D, E5.1A, E5.1B
Zula Patrol: Under the Weather
The stalwart heroes of the Zula Patrol are on an expedition collecting
samples of weather on planet Zula for scientist Multo’s research-using
their loyal pet Gorga’s ability to collect and bottle all
kinds of weather. But when the Zula gang inadvertently hurts
Gorga’s feelings, he decides to leave Zula and find another
planet to live on. Interplanetary vilian Dark Truder takes
advantage of the situation to trick Gorga into helping him steal
the weather from other planets-part of his latest nefarious scheme
to rule the Universe. The Zula Patrol find out and go after
him-in the process learning all about the weather, both terrestrial
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E.ST.04.11, E.ST.04.12, E.ST.M.2, E.ST.05.21, E.FE.M.1, E.FE.07.11