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Suggested Topics for Video Presentations

In spite of its length, this is not an exhaustive list of possible astronomy and astronomy-related topics. You may want to teach a lesson on classical or another culture’s mythology applied to sky objects or music inspired by planets, other sky bodies, and sky motions.

Many disciplines, including mathematics, history, geography, and perceptual psychology can be linked with astronomy in all types of planetariums. The possibilities are endless in fulldome planetariums.


1. The celestial sphere and its points and circles (age 10 and up)

2. Azimuth and altitude; the horizon-based system of location (10 and up)

3. Earth rotation; day and night (6 and up)

4. Dark sky; light pollution (5 and up)

5. Earth revolution, seasons. Changing sun path (rise and set azimuth and noon altitude, day length for a particular latitude at the start of each season (7 and up) ; changing constellations with the seasons (9 and up)

6. Constellations: seasonal at a particular latitude; circumpolar stars (5 and up)

7. The sky at different latitudes: different daily sun paths; the midnight sun and polar night; different daily star, moon and planet paths. (10 and up)

8. The sky at different latitudes: parallel sphere of Earth rotation (poles),vertical sphere of Earth rotation (equator) and oblique sphere of Earth rotation (mid-latitudes); different constellations visible (10 and up)

9. Lunar phases (7 and up) and motions (10 and up)

10. Lunar and solar eclipses (10 and up)

11. Planet positions (6 and up), motions and configurations (10 and up)

12. Star magnitude (10 and up) and colors (6 and up)

13. Local time and zone time, with longitude and latitude (10 and up)

14. Right ascension and declination (equatorial based system of location)(14 and up)

15. Sidereal time (14 and up)

16. Celestial navigation: modern and historical (14 and up)

17. Precession (14 and up)

19. Historical events and the appearance of the sky at those times (8 and up)

20. Comets, meteors and meteor showers (6 and up)

21. Auroras (5 and up)

The following topics are ones that would particularly benefit from the fulldome environment. All topics in the list above and the lists below will benefit from three-dimensional models and auxiliary visuals

22. Historical ideas of the universe: geocentric, heliocentric, Tychonic (14 and up)

23. Size of the universe: history of ideas, light time, parallax, Cepheid variables, standard candles (14 and up, although limited scale, such as relative sizes and distances within the solar system, can begin at 7)

24. The Big Bang: changes in the early universe, expansion of the universe, how we know Big Bang occurred and when (14 and up)

25. Dark matter (14 and up)

26. Dark energy (14 and up)

27. Physical features of the sun, planets, dwarf planets, moons, asteroids, meteoroids (6 and up)

28. Important historical and current space programs (8 and up)

29. Exoplanets: methods of discovery; the Kepler program; what learned; speculations on life elsewhere (10 and up)

30. Physical features of different stars (10 and up)

31. The H-R Diagram (14 and up)

32. Stellar evolution (different mass stars) (10 and up)

33. Supernovae (types) (10 and up)

34. Black holes/neutron stars/pulsars (10 and up)

35. Galaxies: differences, origin and evolution, quasars (14 and up)


The following are basic science, engineering, and technology topics important to astronomy. One or more might be taught with an astronomy topic. Alternatively, a couple of the following topics might be taught together.

36. Scientific method (10 and up)

37. Electromagnetic spectrum: waves, wave speed, wave energy, atmospheric Interaction; inverse square law; Doppler shifts of approaching and receding sources (12-14 and up)

38. Spectra: how produced; information (14 and up)

39. Nature of gravity, Newton’s laws of forces, four forces of the universe (14 and up)

40. Relativity and relativistic effects (14 and up)

41. Telescopes: types, how they work, powers, history, how telescopes have changed understanding (10 and up)

42. Satellites and orbits, space probes and trajectories (14 and up)

43. Atoms, elements, origin of H and He in the Big Bang and other elements in aging and exploding stars (14 and up)

44. Nuclear fusion (within aging stars) (14 and up)

45. Nuclear fission (radioactive elements created in supernovae; provide ways to date events) (14 and up)

46. Geologic time and history (10-12 and up)

47. Evolution (biological) (12-14 and up)

48. Pressure and temperature Relationships (14 up) 49. Gravity and pressure relationships (important to stable and unstable stars) (14 up)

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