planetarium-primA planetarium at your school

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In an inflatable planetarium, discover the movements of the sun, moon, and planets. Along with your students, get accounted with the changing of the seasons, constellations and galaxies, all in real time and motion. These as well as more subjects are within reach of your student’s understanding.

This workshop is also available for preschools.



From a glance to the starry sky at night, a constellation of questions usually spring forth: What are these objects? Why does the sky change in such a fashion? Are there more to discover? Fortunately, Aster offers you an easy way to get to these answers.


Under the supervision of a qualified science educator, this turnkey astronomy workshop, set in an inflatable planetarium, takes you on a journey through the universe.


This workshop is for all levels and is consistent with the Ministry of Education’s learning objectives, and is also available for preschools. After ASTER's visit, you will have suggestions of activities, a bibliography and Internet links to further explore Astronomical concepts in class.

This is an exciting way to develop not only students' interest but also their skills in science and technology.


Capacity: 30 students per period (5 periods a day)

Duration of workshop: 30 – 75 minutes (depending on your school schedule and the level of the students)

Dimensions: diameter 8m X 7m (24 feet), height 3.2m (12 feet)


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Achieves learning goals



 Learning goals









Rotation of the Earth


Associates the cycle of day and night with the rotation of the earth


Light and shadow


Describes the influence of the apparent position of the sun on the length of shadow


System involving the Sun, the Earth and the Moon



Associates the sun with the idea of a star, the Earth with the idea of a planet and the moon with the idea of a natural satellite


Décribes the rotational and revolutionary motion of the Earth and the moon


Illustrates the phases of the lunar cycles (full moon, new moon, first and last quarter)


Illustrates the formation of eclipses (lunar, solar)


 Solar system


Recognizes the main components of the solar system (sun, planets, natural satellites)


Describes the characteristics of the main components of the solar system (e.g. composition, size, orbit, temperature)




Associates the changing of the seasons with the revolution and tilt of the earth


 Stars and Galaxies


Recognizes the stars and the constellations on a map of the stars


Distinguishes between stars, constellations and galaxies





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