for Educators

The Sky Tonight and the Life Cycles of Stars

Grades 9-12 | Get a unique view of what’s in the sky tonight

  • Strasenburgh Planetarium
  • Planetarium Digistar Presentation
  • 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, Teacher/Adult
  • Space Science

We take a tour of bright stars visible in the current night sky, with special emphasis on the sky around the constellation Orion. There, we can see nebulas, star clusters, and star colors that tell the complete story of the life of a star. This program is appropriate from mid-October through April, when students can see Orion in the evening sky. 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

  • HS-ESS1-3 Life Cycles of Stars

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: 06/23/2023
  • Program Length: 45 min plus seating time
  • Earliest Start Time: 10am

Who Should Attend?

  • Grades: 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, Teacher/Adult
  • 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