for Educators

Solar System Science

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.

  • Strasenburgh Planetarium
  • Planetarium Digistar Presentation
  • 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade
  • Physical Sciences, Earth Science, Space Science, Technology & Applications of Science

We take a 21st-century approach, in which planets, moons, and exoplanets are equally important. After a fast-paced tour of our solar system (including Pluto), we look at types of orbits, types of exoplanets including hot Jupiters and mini-Neptunes, and habitable zones. Content can be adapted to the needs of your class; teachers are invited to email Planetarium Director Steve Fentress at for more information. 

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 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: 10/11/2022
  • End Date: 06/23/2022
  • Program Length: 45 min. plus seating time
  • Earliest Start Time: 10am

Who Should Attend?

  • Grades: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade
  • Minimum Attendance: 15
  • Maximum Attendance: 90

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 class, students are required to bring their own bag lunches
  • Minimum Student Charge: 15 students