FIELD TRIPS

The WVU Planetarium is no longer having in-person shows due to COVID-19. We are doing virtual shows! Head over to our Showtimes tab to see our virtual show schedule. If you have any questions or concerns about us moving online please send them to planetarium@mail.wvu.edu. 


While the Planetarium is closed for in-person shows, if you are still interested in some form of virtual show please fill out the form below. We would love to continue to connect with the public during these times so please contact us if you are interested in something! We will try our best to work to adapt our shows to what you need if asked. We are also willing to work to create a virtual show centered of specific lessons you need if one listed below does not fit for you; however, please provide ample time for this!

Virtual Field Trip Shows*

  1. Tour of Our Solar System (~45mins, 1st - 4th grade) - 
    1. This presentation takes you on a journey through our Solar System! We stop at each of the planets and learn interesting facts about each. In addition to the planets, we take a brief look at our Moon and the oceans of the outer Solar System. Optional link to a ~25min movie, The Zula Patrol: Down to Earth, can be shared as well.

  2. The Legends of the Night Sky: Orion (~20mins, 1st - 4th grade) - 
    1. Orion, one of the most famous and recognizable constellations in the night sky, is popular for a good reason! Tune in to learn about the many unique stars and other objects that make Orion so fascinating. Afterwards, a ~25min movie will be shared that tells the myth behind how Orion the Hunter became a constellation in the night sky.

  3. The Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda (~20mins, 1st - 4th grade) - 
    1. Take a closer look into the constellations of Perseus and Andromeda. We highlight some of their "hidden" treasures and show how to find them in the night sky! Afterwards, a ~18min movie will be shared that tells the story of Perseus, Andromeda, Pegasus, Cepheus, Cassiopeia, and Cetus.

  4. Full Moon and Eclipses (~45mins, 4th - 7th grades) -  
    1. We take a closer look into what created the Moon, why it has the features it does, and how the phases of the Moon occur. Explore the specific alignments needed to get an eclipse and learn about the many different types of eclipses that can occur.

  5. Solar Superstorms (~20mins, 5th - 10th grade) -        
    1. How does our Sun compare to the other stars in the sky? What kind of powerful and intense storms ravage the surface of the Sun? Afterwards, we'll share ~24 minute movie, Solar Superstorms.

  6. Supervolcanoes (~35mins, 5th - 10th grade) -
    1. We take a quick look at what is up in the night sky tonight before journeying through our Solar System on a quest to find volcanoes. There are lots of volcanoes not just on Earth but on other planets! Did you know there are volcanoes that spew ice instead of hot molten rock? Or that there are pancake volcanoes on Venus? Learn about these and more! Afterwards, we'll share ~24 minute movie, Supervolcanoes.

  1. Ask an Astronomer / How to Become a Scientist (~30min or 1hr, all ages) - 
    1. For a younger audience, we suggest only the Ask an Astronomer portion of this show. Students will have the opportunity to ask astronomers any of their burning questions about space, physics, and astronomy. It would be helpful to have students submit questions beforehand or have questions ready to ask the astronomers. For high schoolers, and middle schoolers, the addition of How to Become a Scientist would  allow our staff to tell their own tales of the courses, activities, and decisions they made that led them to their career of a scientist. We are hoping this section would allow students to ask questions about STEM courses and the path they might want to take high school / college for a STEM career.

  2. The West Virginia Science Public Outreach Team (WV SPOT) is a partnership between the Green Bank Observatory and NASA. They recruit and train WV undergraduates to bring presentations about current West Virginia science, technology, and engineering to West Virginia K-12 classrooms, museums, and youth programs. Their presentations are well suited to be delivered virtually and their selection is large! Visit their website to request a virtual show from them.
*Our virtual show list will be updated as we create new shows. Please make sure to check us out periodically for updates!


The WVU planetarium is a popular destination for field trips! We provide a FREE service for school groups, library groups, clubs, scout troops, and more! Fill out the form below to request a field trip, call us at 304-293-4961, or email planetarium@mail.wvu.edu to schedule a field trip today! 


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