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Welcome to the Mahan Planetarium Website     

The planetarium is available most school days running shows between the hours of 9:30am and 1:00pm.  If you wish to schedule your class or report a change/error please email me Sandy (Cvanciger) Hudson at SHudson@wallingford.k12.ct.us  or by phone 203-294-5942. 

Meet "Jake" the Spitz Model A-4 Planetarium Instrument








Astronomy Links

Planetarium Programs

Our Sky Family -  2nd Grade/pre-K

A 40 minute planetarium show geared toward the younger audience that uses cartoon characters to teach children about each of the planets in our solar system.  The children are introduced to "Jake" the planetarium instrument who takes "Mort" the Sun Herald reporter and the audience on a journey through the solar system.  The whole program from start to finish including the show and a question and answer session afterwards is one hour.

The Secret of The Cardboard Rocket - 1st Grade/pre-K

A 45 minute planetarium show geared toward the younger audience

Nine Planets and Counting - (8th grade and general audiences)

How many planets are there? Nine? Eight? Ten? Twelve? Sudekum Planetarium's new show Nine Planets and Counting presents the continuing debate in an open-ended manner. What is the definition of a planet? How many are there? The show includes a tour of the solar system utilizing spectacular photographs and exciting new discoveries beyond Pluto.

Adventures Along The Spectrum - High School Chemistry/Integrated Science and general audience

The program shows the us what the night sky looks like if our eyes could see radio waves, infrared energy, or x-rays and gamma rays.  The eccentric Professor Photon takes the audience on an adventure through the electromagnetic spectrum in this 45 minute show.

Lonliness Factor - High School Astronomy/Earth Science

Are we alone and if not what might life look like from other planets?  How can we communicate with worlds outside ours and how can we listen for message that may be sent our way?  Find out in this 45 minute show.

The Universe of Dr. Einstein- High School Physics and general audience

What would the world look like if we rode on a beam of light?  That is the immensely simple question Albert Einstein asked.  The answer he found changed the world.  Einstein's discoveries penetrated to the hearts of stars and to the farthermost reaches of the cosmos.  Enter this incredible realm with us:  "The Universe of Dr. Einstein".

Additional Programs

History Classes - Early astronomers and the scienctific method.  Navigation using the sun and stars.

Art Classes

English Classes

5th Grade Program - What is a constellation?  Learn how the sun, moon and Earth are connected and why the moon has phases.

8th Grade Program - Learn about constellations and learn why we have seasons.

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