Welcome to the Blake Planetarium
The Blake Planetarium is a state of the art facility that immerses its audience with video and sound. Boasted as the only 4K fulldome planetarium south of Boston, its system is equal to that of facilities you would experience in Boston. Offering breathtaking views on its dome screen, the Blake Planetarium has high resolution video playback, real time multimedia, multichannel surround sound, and classic astronomy tools that take visitors on fantastic voyages every time. Seating 72 people and connecting to an unlimited number of curriculum areas, this is an outstanding, one of a kind resource for any school district and community.
The Blake Planetarium
For general inquiries EMail the Science and Technology/Engineering Department
Alison Riordan, Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Coordinator K-12
Contact Mrs. Alison Riordan by EMail
Steven Davies, School Programs Director
Contact Mr. Steven Davies by EMail
Michael Petrasko, Public Programs Provider
Contact Mr. Michael Petrasko by EMail
The Blake Planetarium is located inside Plymouth Community Intermediate School. Once at the school, enter the building and turn left. The planetarium is down the hallway on the right, behind the curved brick wall.
Insight Observatory has partnered with the Plymouth Public Schools to increase the number of hands-on astronomy-based learning experiences for students. Through the generous support of Insight Observatory, students are able to use the expertise of amateur astronomers and remote imaging tools to conduct astronomical research projects and complete deep-sky imaging.
Insight Observatory proudly houses a 16" Astrograph imaging telescope, designated the Astronomical Telescope for Educational Outreach that is hosted by SkyPi Online Observatory located at an elevation of 7,778 feet in the dark skies of New Mexico. The telescope is accessible remotely via the internet at no charge for Plymouth students. Staff from Insight Observatory also work with students to help facilitate the use of this telescope.
The Blake Planetarium provides regular programs to the public. Public programs are made available during non-school hours and vary in topic, based on current licensing. These programs are ticketed events. All tickets are sold online through Eventbrite.
Plymouth School Programs
The Blake Planetarium audience is composed primarily of Plymouth students. It is the intention of the school district that every Plymouth student attend a minimum of one program in the Planetarium each year. Our School Programs Provider, Mr. Davies, collaborates with staff to craft standards-based programs that fit best within each grade-level and content-specific areas.
Out of District School Programs
The Blake Planetarium also hosts out of district programs during regular school day hours. The cost is $150 per program with a maximum seating of 72. Programs are aligned to the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework. Descriptions of these programs can be reviewed in advance on our website.
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