Sudekum Planetarium

$3 per Person, 166 Seats per Show

An experience in the Sudekum Planetarium's Turner Theatre promotes more than just understanding the stars and space exploration. Award-winning programs take audiences on tours of the solar system, or up close to erupting volcanoes and powerful tornadoes. Visit ancient Egypt to learn how the sky was used to tell time. Journey to exotic locations such as the Galapagos Islands, prehistoric oceans or even Sesame Street. Or, stay close to home and investigate the constellations and planets of our night sky.

The planetarium seats 166 people and programs are scheduled in one hour blocks.

Teacher support materials are conveniently placed below each program as downloadable documents. These include pre and post activities, vocabulary lists, suggested resources, exhibit connections, and Tennessee Science Standards Grade Level Expectations.


  • Astronaut

    Astronaut

    Grades 4 and up
    Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Float around inside the International Space Station. Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject Chad, our test astronaut, to everything that space has to throw at him. Find out what it takes to become an astronaut.
    • The Earth: Standard 7
    • Motion: Standard 11
  • Forces of Nature

    Forces of Nature

    Grades 4 and up
    Get up close and personal to erupting volcanoes, devastating earthquakes, and powerful storms as scientists travel the world trying to understand what causes these dangerous natural events. Risking their lives for scientific discovery, these experts forge their way through volcanic flows, along treacherous fault lines, and in cars heading straight toward a raging twister. A National Geographic production.
    • The Universe: Standard 7
    • Forces in Nature: Standard 12
    • Motion: Standard 10
  • Natural Selection: Darwin's Mystery of Mysteries

    Natural Selection: Darwin's Mystery of Mysteries

    Grades 4 and up
    Join young Charles Darwin on an adventurous voyage of exploration circumnavigating the globe on the HMS Beagle. Witness the thrill of scientific discovery by seeing the world through Darwin’s eyes. Make observations about the spectacular scenery and let the pieces of the scientific puzzle slowly but surely fall into place. Allow Darwin himself to reveal the simple and beautiful mechanism that explains the origin of species: Natural Selection.
    • Interdependence: Standard 2
    • Heredity: Standard 4
    • Biodiversity and Change: Standard 5
    • The Earth: Standard 7
  • Nine Planets and Counting

    Nine Planets and Counting

    Grades 3 and up
    How many planets are there in our solar system? Nine, right? Or is it eight? Maybe it's ten, or twelve, or more. Take a tour to explore the variety of objects that populate our solar system. And just what IS a planet, anyway? The answer may surprise you.
    • The Earth: Standard 7
    • The Universe: Standard 6


  • One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

    One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

    Grades Pre-K to 1
    Based on the popular children's show Sesame Street. Big Bird, Elmo and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, take viewers on a journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the Sun and the Moon.
    • The Universe: Standard 7
    • The Earth: Standard 6


  • Our Place in Space

    Our Place in Space

    Grades 1-3
    While solving a crossword puzzle about the sky, endangered animals explore the cause of day and night, the importance of our star the Sun, the beauty of the constellations, and the variety of objects that make up the Universe.
    • Earth: Standard 7
    • The Universe: Standard 6
    • Motion Standard 10
    • Forces in Nature: Standard 12
  • Rusty Rocket's Last Blast

    Rusty Rocket's Last Blast

    Grades 1-5
    Rusty Rocket has one final mission to command: an introductory tour of the solar system for a new class of rocket rookies. Along the way, Rusty highlights the wide variety of environments in the solar system, the great distances between the planets, and the spacecraft that explore them.
    • The Universe: Standard 6
    • The Earth: Standard 7
    • Motion: Standard 11


  • Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure

    Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure

    Grades 5 and up
    When dinosaurs ruled the land, other, less familiar creaters roamed the ancient seas. Bones unearthed by paleontologists tell a story about life in the shallow waters with some of the most fearsome predators to inhabit Earth's oceans.
    • Biodiversity and Change: Standard 5
    • The Earth: Standard 7


  • Skies Over Nashville

    Skies Over Nashville

    Grades 3 and up
    Explore what's up in the sky tonight: stars, constellations, planets, and more. Ask questions and make requests during this live, interactive tour of the sky.
    • The Universe: Standard 6
    • The Earth: Standard 7


  • Skywatchers of Africa

    Skywatchers of Africa

    Grades 3 and up
    For thousands of years, Africans have used their knowledge of the sky to build their societies, shape their spiritual lives, and meet their physical needs for survival. Skywatchers of Africa highlights the diversity of African astronomy, examines cultural uses of the sky that developed over thousands of years, and celebrates our shared human experience.
    • The Earth: Standard 7
    • The Universe: Standard 6
  • STARS

    STARS

    Grades 5 and up
    Witness the explosive end of massive stars and the dramatic formation of others. Use the electromagnetic spectrum to see how stars create and release the energy that powers the universe.
    • The Earth: Standard 7
    • The Universe: Standard 6
    • Forces in Nature: Standard 12


  • Stars of the Pharaohs

    Stars of the Pharaohs

    Grades 5 and up
    Follow the Stars of the Pharaohs to discover how ancient Egyptians studied the skies to tell time, create workable calendars, and align gigantic monuments. Explore the connections they felt with the stars and other astronomical phenomena.
    • The Earth: Standard 7
    • The Universe: Standard 6


  • Wonderful Sky

    Wonderful Sky

    Grades Pre-K to 1
    This live, participatory program allows your youngest students to explore the daytime and nighttime skies in the unique, multi-sensory environment of the planetarium.
    • The Universe: Standard 6
    • The Earth: Standard 7
    • Energy: Standard 1


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