SKIES OVER NASHVILLE

Skies Over Nashville is a live program in which a planetarium educator shows you how to locate and identify naked-eye seasonal constellations, bright stars, planets and any other interesting sky objects visible on the date of the planetarium visit. You're invited to ask questions and participate in the show!

Skies Over Nashville is recommended for ages 4 and up. Teachers interested in bringing a school group should consult the Tennessee Curriculum standards information listed below.

Skies Over Nashville is now showing in the Sudekum Planetarium! Check our show schedule for details. To book a group reservation for other show times, call (615) 862-5177 at least two weeks in advance.

For More Information

Download the ASC Educator's Guide for Skies Over Nashville

Web sites

Books

  • New Patterns in the Sky by Julius Stahl
  • The Stars by H. A. Rey
  • Find the Constellations by H. A. Rey
  • Constellations: A Glow-in-the-Dark Guide to the Night Sky by Chris Sasaki and Alan Flinn
  • 360 Starry Nights by Chet Raymo
  • A Walk Through the Heavens: A Guide to Stars and Constellations and their Legends by Milton D Heifetz and Wil Tirion
Skies Over Nashville is recommended for Grades 3 and up.

TN State Science Standards

Grade Level Expectations (GLE)

5th Grade

Earth and Space Science
  • GLE 0507.6.2 Recognize that charts can be used to locate and identify star patterns.

6th Grade

Embedded Inquiry
  • GLE 0607.Inq.5 Communicate scientific understanding using descriptions, explanations, and models.

7th Grade

Embedded Inquiry
  • GLE 0707.Inq.5 Communicate scientific understanding using descriptions, explanations, and models.

8th Grade

Embedded Inquiry
  • GLE 0807.Inq.5 Communicate scientific understanding using descriptions, explanations, and models.

Objectives

  1. Confirm whether or not any planets are visible in the evening sky, identify the planet, and describe where it would appear.
  2. Find and locate at least one constellation.
  3. Identify at least one cause and effect of light pollution

Pre-visit Activities

  1. Download the monthly star chart from our website. Encourage students to locate the constellations and any planets visible in the evening sky.
  2. Have the students read myths or stories involving the constellations. Greek and Roman stories are usually very easy to find in libraries. As a creative writing assignment, have older students rewrite an ancient myth, retelling it in a modern form, using the language and imagery of today.

Post-Visit Activities

  1. Download the monthly star chart from our website. Encourage students to locate the constellations and any planets visible in the evening sky.
  2. Draw a random collection of 10 to 15 dots on the board. Ask students to look at the dots for 30 seconds, then have students redraw the dots on a piece of paper without looking back at the board. Discuss how difficult it is to remember the locations. What can they do to make it easier to recall the dots? Lead the students into discovering that grouping the dots into familiar shapes, letters, etc. will make it easier to remember the positions. Try the experiment again and see if it works. Discuss how this relates to the sky and constellations. Use a Examine star charts and talk about why some of the patterns may have been created. Share individual pictures with the class or display their creations.

Vocabulary

  • asterism
  • binoculars
  • constellation
  • galaxy
  • Milky Way
  • planet
  • planetarium
  • pollution
  • projector
  • spiral
  • telescope