Starred Pages Library Program

The Vanderbilt Museum and Reichert Planetarium are pleased to offer its astronomy outreach curriculum, Starred Pages: Library Outreach Program, to your library! The Vanderbilt’s talented astronomy educators have designed interactive and engaging astronomy seminars for all age groups from elementary school students to adults and seniors that are now available to you. All programs are available in person at your library or virtually via Zoom or Google Meet. Choose from multiple live presentations that cover a wide variety of astronomy topics below.

Elementary School Students
Middle School and High School Students
Teenagers and Adults

Meet the Planets:

Our Sun is a star that harbors a solar system full of planets, dwarf planets, and more. On this trip through the solar system, students will learn how the Sun influences the planets and affects the water cycle on Earth. Watch the planets revolve around the Sun and see how Earth’s rotation causes the changes between night and day. Visit each planet, discuss their characteristics in depth, and observe the changing phases of the Moon.

Space Adventure to the Moon:

Observe the differences between the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon and discover how the Sun affects weather on Earth including clouds and rainbows. Then, blast off to the Moon to learn about its phases and craters and conduct experiments about gravity just like the Apollo astronauts

Exploring the Solar System:

Witness how planets, asteroids, and comets orbit the Sun, discuss gravity’s effect on space, and discover the source of the Sun’s power. Then, take a tour of the solar system to learn what makes each planet unique and meet the probes we’ve sent to study each planet.

Otherworldly Forces:

Examine the relationships between the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon and discover how the Sun affects weather on Earth. Take a voyage to the Moon to learn about its phases and craters, the Moon’s pull on the tides, and watch mesmerizing eclipses.

Spotlight on the Moon:

Explore the Moon’s terrain and understand the physical changes that cause craters, eclipses, and the Moon’s phases.


From planets and stars to nebulae and black holes, learn the cosmic origins of the objects that make up the Universe.

Space Exploration:

Past, Present, and Future: From the space race to the distant future, learn about man’s missions into space and plans to send humans to other worlds.

Seeing Stars:

Starting with the basics about light and how telescopes operate, learn how space observing instruments have evolved and what they are currently revealing about the Universe.

Virtual Program – $200.00 | In-Person Program – $250.00

Each program is limited to 50 participants.

For more information about program availability and to make a reservation, please contact the Vanderbilt Education Department at (631)854-5539. For questions, please email