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Grade 8 / Topic: Light And Optical Systems


Light movie will take planetarium visitors on a trip to the varied facets of light.

Light affects our lives in much more ways than we are aware of. The short film approaches the phenomenon in a way that is both fascinating and informative.

It will appeal to young and old, experts and the lay public, and to people all over the globe.

RUNNING TIME: 7:00 minutes
SUBJECTS COVERED: Light Speed and Sources, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Photonics.



Cosmic Origins Spectrograph is a look at the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph instrument installed on the Hubble Space Telescope in 2009 during Servicing Mission 4, as well as the science behind its utility. The show covers the basics of spectroscopy at a high level, and touches on the processing of galactic and extragalactic gas. Other topics include the use of quasars as background light sources, cosmic evolution, and the development of large scale structure. Join us in the exploration of this hidden universe as we decode the secrets to the origins of the cosmos.

RUNNING TIME: 28:00 minutes
SUBJECTS COVERED: Light Colors and Wavelength, Isaac Newton, Light Through A Prism, Light Years, Light Journey, Telescopes


Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope” was produced to engage and appeal to audiences of all ages. The film traces the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a child’s spyglass — using two small pieces of glass — to the launch of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. It explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years.

RUNNING TIME: 30:00 minutes
SUBJECTS COVERED: Reflection to Refraction, Light dispersal, Lenses and Mirrors, Telescopes.