for Educators

Solar System Science – Virtual

Grades 3-8 | Surrounded by the best images from recent space missions such as the New Horizons Pluto flyby projected at giant scale, students encounter the majesty, mystery and wonder of our solar system.

  • Museum & Science Center, Strasenburgh Planetarium, Virtual
  • Virtual Experiences
  • 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade
  • Physical Sciences

Streaming Live from the Strasenburgh Planetarium.

With a slide presentation and tour of reliable websites and apps, we introduce students and teachers to the key points and best resources for exploring our solar system and others. We see how to get facts about any planet or moon in our solar system, including size comparisons. Moons are just as important and interesting as planets, so we look at a few of the most important moons in our solar system. Then we learn how to find out about other solar systems that have been discovered in the last two decades.

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

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

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: 40 min.
  • Earliest Start Time: 10am

Who Should Attend?

  • Grades: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade

How Much Does It Cost?

  • $200 per presentation