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Traveling Planetarium

Youth Programs

Travel through space and time while exploring our solar system, and beyond!

Bring the stars to your school with Wenatchee River Institute’s traveling Planetarium. Witness the night sky during different times of the year, learn constellations and get to know our sun, moon and stars like never before. Each show is live and presenters can modify the program based on interest.

Curriculum is aligned with the following Next Generation Science Standards: (dependent on grade level)

  • 1-ESS1-1 Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted. 
  • 1-ESS1-2 Make observations at different times of year to relate the amount of daylight to the time of year. 
  • 5-ESS1-2 Represent data in graphical displays to reveal patterns of daily changes in length and direction of shadows, day and night, and the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky.
  • MS-ESS1-1 Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phrases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons. 

What is a Traveling Planetarium?

WRI's Traveling Planetarium dome transforms any space into an extraordinary immersive environment. The dome is made of a thick, durable fabric that is inflated within minutes with a portable fan. It is approximately 11 feet tall (and would need a room with a minimum of 12 foot ceilings), about 20 feet in diameter and has a zippered doorway as an entrance. Approximately 25 people can fit comfortably inside the Planetarium. A video or interactive software is projected inside for a breathtaking night sky or journey through the solar system.