John Deere Planetarium & Augustana Observatory

The John Deere Planetarium offers a free illustrated program about the nighttime sky and the solar system presented by Director Dr. Lee Carkner using the Spitz A-3-P planetarium instrument. The 45 minute program is available to schools and other groups, grades 3 and over, during the academic year by appointment. The Carl Gamble Observatory features a Celestron C14 computer-driven 14-inch reflector telescope and is open to the public for
 stargazing and planet viewing during scheduled events such as the Spring and Fall open house.

Contact Info
Address: 820 38th Avenue, Rock Island, IL 61201. Rock Island County. Tel: 309-794-7318. Email: leecarkner@augustana.edu. Website: helios.augustana.edu/astronomy. Hrs: By appointment.

Trip Info
Grade Level: 3rd-12th. Program Type: Day Trips, Performances. Recomm. Length of Visit: 45 min. Cost: Free.

SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Science.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Science.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Planetarium Lesson Plan

Planetariums are theaters that present educational and entertaining shows about outer space. Some planetariums even have shows that focus on history in relation to earth science. Groups can see a multimedia presentation of the night sky on a dome-shaped projection on the ceiling of the theater.... Continue