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Gravity, Scale, and Motion – Virtual

Grades 7-12 | See how gravity influences the structure and motions of solar systems and galaxies.

  • Strasenburgh Planetarium, Virtual
  • Virtual Experiences
  • 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade
  • Physical Sciences

Streaming Live from the Strasenburgh Planetarium.

With a slide presentation and tour of reliable websites and apps, we review the history of telescopes and astronomical observation. Then we see how gravity controls motions of planets and moons in our solar system. Finally, we take a virtual trip far from Earth in powers-of-ten steps from 100 to 1026 meters, noting cosmic structures at each scale.

Virtual Format: Teachers should plan to provide us a Zoom or Google meet link. We visit your classroom as a virtual guest.

  • Please note: some school internet systems require a change in settings to allow outside speakers. We recommend a five-minute test session a few days before your scheduled program to check the connection.
  • Teachers are responsible for moderating the chat and Q&A from students.

For content questions, contact Steve Fentress at

NYS Standards:
  • ESS1.A The Universe and Its Stars

  • ESS1.B Earth and the Solar System

How To Book

Need More Information?

  • Contact: Guest Services
  • Phone: 585.697.1942

When Is It?

  • Days Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Start Date: 09/07/2022
  • End Date: 06/22/2023
  • Program Length: 45 min.
  • Earliest Start Time: 10am

Who Should Attend?

  • Grades: 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

How Much Does It Cost?

  • $200 per presentation