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 opportunity is available at a fraction of the cost associated with a traditional planetarium experience.  Costs include a $250 flat fee for one day (minimum 100 students; maximum 350 students) and $0.535 per mile incurred by round trip travel between the Center for Mathematics and Science Education (1111 Jackson Avenue West, Oxford MS 38655) and the school’s address.  If one-way travel is greater than 60 miles, a lodging expense of $150 per night will also be included.  If two days are required due to having more than 350 students, the cost is a $375 flat fee in addition to mileage and lodging.

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.

Click the following link to request a reservation for the planetarium:

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: