Discovery Dome

Now, the excitement, fun and information from the Museum of Arts and Sciences can come to you! The Discover Dome, a portable planetarium, is the traveling venue used in community outreach events to conduct sneak previews of the new digital projection technology in the Mark Smith Planetarium.

Please note that the Discovery Dome:

» requires an indoor space with a clean floor that is at least 20 ft. square by 11 ft. high with a nearby electrical outlet. To avoid program delays, please ensure an appropriate space is available in advance.

» requires 45 minutes of setup time.

» requires that one person be present to help monitor groups on arrival. The school may provide that person or the Museum can bring a monitor for an additional charge.

The Discover Dome, where you can experience virtual trips from the nucleus of a cell to the planets in our solar system, is part of the Museum’s Outreach Program. For more information about the Outreach Programs and to make your group reservation, contact 478.477.3232 or groups[at] via e-mail.

Discover Dome Programs

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
Grades K – 5
A magical library book takes two adventurous students on a detailed tour of the solar system. As each planet is visited, learn important facts that make the planet different from all the others. Also, see some of the major moons and other objects that circle around the sun.
Earth’s Wild Ride
Grades 2 – 8
Travel to a lunar colony in the future and trace the path of the moon’s shadow across the Earth. During the eclipse, relive key moments in history, including the ice age and time of the dinosaurs. Follow rivers of lava flowing from a volcano and then discover how rivers of water form from the water cycle.
Force 5
Grades 3 – 8
See how winds across the eastern Atlantic can develop into hurricanes and discover how that caused one of the deadliest disasters in U.S. history. Find out how the sun drives the Earth’s weather and what happens during a solar storm.
Ring World 2
Grades 4 – 7
In 2004, the space probe Cassini arrived at Saturn after a seven-year, two-billion-mile journey across the solar system. See amazing images that have been transmitted back from this remarkable spacecraft. In addition to Saturn and its rings, discover fascinating moons, like Titan, Enceladus, and Phoebe.
Body Code
Grades 4 – 12
Take a virtual journey throughout the human body, from the anatomical systems of the bones, muscles and nerves, all the way down to the structure in the nucleus of a single cell. See how new technologies might be used to fight infections.

Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope
Grades 5 – 8
While looking through a telescope, two teenage students explore the Galilean Moons, Saturn’s rings, and spiral structure of galaxies. During the students’ conversation with an astronomer, they also learn about the discoveries of Galileo, Huygens, Newton, Hubble, and other famous scientists.

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