Big Astronomy Toolkit

Big Astronomy Toolkit

  • Daytime Event
  • Nighttime Event
  • Inside Venue
  • Outside Venue
  • Target Audience
  • Child, Teen, Adult
The Big Astronomy planetarium show features the incredible telescopes in Chile, known for their clear, dark skies. Just like these large telescopes, amateur astronomers seek dark skies for sharing the wonders of the universe with their communities. The topics featured in the Big Astronomy show also form the basis of our latest Outreach Toolkit!

Activities in this toolkit include models of the Milky Way Galaxy, light pollution demonstrations, and legends from around the world.

Download the full manual below! Select individual activities can be found here:
  • Galaxy Model: An umbrella will give galactic perspective.
  • Clues to the Cosmos: Filters and the universe around you.
  • Good Light, Good Night: How shielding lights makes a difference.
  • Dark Sky Wheel: How dark are your skies?
  • Astronomy for Everyone Banner: The people behind the science!
  • Legends in the Sky: Constellations from around the world.
  • Spectrum Treasure Hunt: Discover more about lights around you.

Mark your calendars for the live online debut September 26, 2020 and many live shows after that! Find out more:

Last Update: Oct. 5, 2020

Big Astronomy is a collaboration between Abrams Planetarium at MSU, Associated Universities Inc. (AUI), Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), California Academy of Sciences, Peoria Riverfront Museum, Ward Beecher Planetarium at YSU, Atacama Large Millimeter-submillimeter Array (ALMA), Vera C. Rubin Observatory construction project, NSF’s NOIRLab facilities Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) and the international Gemini Observatory. Big Astronomy is supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (Award #: 1811436)



Big Astronomy Toolkit Materials Demo

See the Good Light, Good Night and the Clues to the Cosmos activities demonstrated as well as viewing the rest of the Toolkit materials.

Activity Key

Daytime Event
Daytime Event
Nighttime Event
Nighttime Event
Inside Venue
Inside Venue
Outside Venue
Outside Venue
Target Audience