COVID-19 Procedures

Now that schools and other public facilities are opening on a limited basis, we are happy to visit your school, church, library, or other facility again. However, your safety is our priority. In order to work within the pandemic precautions and recommendations, we are implementing the following procedures for all visits until further notice:

Mobile Planetariums:

  • We are limiting the number of students in the planetariums to 15 plus 1-2 teachers for the large domes, or 8-10 plus 1 teacher for the small dome, in order to allow for social distancing.

  • We will thoroughly spray the interior of the planetarium with a disinfectant after each group.

  • We are requiring all students ages 5 and up and all teachers and other adults to wear masks covering their nose and mouth while inside the planetarium.

  • We will provide hand sanitizer for everyone to use before they enter the planetarium.

  • However, the mobile planetariums still must be set up inside.

  • Most planetarium shows can also be shown virtually via Zoom or whatever platform you prefer.

Science Activities:

Our hands-on science activities are a great alternative for those who would prefer not to have their students inside a closed-in planetarium dome. Advantages of activities during the pandemic:

  • Most activities can be performed at the students' desks, with all at correct social distance.

  • Many activities can be performed outside, with craft activity at picnic tables or similar. This means we do not have to enter your buildings.

  • We limit activities to about 20 students, plus 1-2 teachers.

  • Activities are less expensive than planetarium, at $100 per hour, plus materials fees.

  • Stars and Science employees will always wear masks and will wear gloves if requested.

  • Some activities can be presented virtually. Many of them only require commonly available materials; if special materials are required, we will bring them to you in advance.  

Star Parties and Solar Viewing:

Our telescopes can be used for stargazing in the evenings and for solar (and lunar) viewing in the daytime. We have purchased eyepiece cameras that allow the object in the eyepiece to be viewed on a laptop computer. This means the students can see what is in the eyepiece without touching the telescope. Also, this allows younger children to see "through" the telescope more easily. It also allows several people at one time to view through the telescope. We can also take photos of various objects through the telescopes  so the students can have a memory to take home.

Virtual Options:

Most of our planetarium shows and science activities are also available virtually via Zoom or via your preferred virtual platform. The fee for this option is only $100 per hour because we will not need to come and set up the planetarium. Students will be allowed to ask questions through chat (3rd grade and up) or they can raise their hands at specific times when we will pause for questions. We will provide you in advance with materials for science activities, if needed.