Astronomy Week


Astronomy week is an innovative program provided by CMSE. This fun and knowledge filled week begins with one week of classroom and learning activities led by yourself (the teacher.) We provide all of the materials for your students which you’ll be able to pickup from a University of Mississippi regional campus. You may review an overview of the lessons below.

Lesson Plan Outline

On Friday of that week, we bring our portable planetarium to your school for a session of stargazing without ever leaving campus.

This program is available at a fraction of the cost associated with a traditional planetarium experience. The cost is a flat fee of $250 (regardless of the number of students), and $0.575 per mile of travel incurred from and back to the Center for Mathematics and Science Education (38655.) However, if multiple days are requested (ex. 2 consecutive days) then additional fees will apply. If your school is greater than 60 miles from CMSE, lodging expenses will also be invoiced to your school.

The planetarium will hold 20-30 children and each viewing requires 30-45 minutes. Due to limited resources and large demand, we ask that teachers partner up to make this happen. We will only consider requests for parties of 100 or more students. We can accommodate a maximum of 350 students per day. Please view our full policies below.

We have had an overwhelmingly positive response to our Astronomy Week this year. Currently, all of our dates for the 2015 – 2016 school year are booked! If you would like to be notified when registration opens for the 2016-2017 school year, click “Notify Me” below to enter your information and we will email you as soon as registration opens.

Click the links below to learn what the students at Long Beach Middle School and Shannon Middle School thought of our portable planetarium and the experience it offers: