for Educators

Scale of the Universe

Grades 9-12 | Expanding our view by powers of ten, we survey the universe from human scale to the limit of the observable universe, 100 to 1026 meters. Visualizations based on real NASA data.

  • Strasenburgh Planetarium
  • Planetarium Digistar Presentation
  • 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade
  • Physical Sciences, Space Science

The Planetarium’s Digistar visualization system creates an inspiring, immersive experience that can’t be conveyed on a flat screen. We begin at human scale, then we expand our view by powers of ten from 100^0 to 10^26 meters, surveying the universe out to the observable limit. Visualizations based on real NASA data.

Seating capacity may be limited in compliance with public health guidelines in effect on the day of your visit. Maximum capacity includes all students, teachers, aides, chaperones, parents, and siblings.

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

  • ESS1.B Earth and the Solar System

NOTE: Teachers are invited to email Planetarium Director, Steve Fentress, at sfentress@rmsc.org before their visit to discuss how to tailor the presentation to their class


How To Book

  • Call: 585.697.1942

  • Reservation Lead Time: At least 3 weeks

Need More Information?

  • Contact: Guest Services
  • Phone: 585.697.1942


When Is It?

  • Days Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Start Date: 10/19/2021
  • End Date: 06/24/2022
  • Program Length: 45 min. plus seating time
  • Earliest Start Time: 10am

Who Should Attend?

  • Grades: 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade
  • Minimum Attendance: 15
  • Maximum Attendance: 75

How Much Does It Cost?

  • Planetarium Group Admission (for 1 show): $10 per person; 1 free adult with every 5 students; RMSC Member Adults free

    COMBO: $5 additional charge when adding Museum Group Admission or another Planetarium Show Admission

    In-Person Lunch Fee: $30 per cla