The Planets

Unfortunately, the fall and spring soundtracks aren’t the same length, and at the very end it’s off by a little under ten seconds.


  1. Soundboard: DVD show volume to –25.

  2. Video projector: Monitor select and input select to line 1. Brightness and contrast down. Video projector monitor on. To project the show DVD through the video projector, plug the black “Show DVD” cable into the show DVD’s “video 2 composite video out” and the video projector’s lower “line in—1”.

  3. Show DVD: The video projector monitor should display one large rectangular button labelled The Planets—FALL.

  4. Zeiss: North in back as usual, 41° N latitude. Very slow forward diurnal motion throughout the show, but end up at the following position when the extrasolar planet tour begins at 30:00.

  5. Universal projector: Orion (#6) if desired, brightness down.

  6. Slew, zoom, orrery: not used.

  7. Spice computer: DVDPLNTF.CUE for Fall, DVDPLNTS.CUE for Spring. (Was originally one file, DVD-PLNT.CUE, in which audience entered while 39 ' start show was highlighted.)

  8. Audience entry sequence.

Show (36 minutes)

  1. Launch by pressing PLAY/PAUSE on show DVD or ENTER on DVD remote. When rectangular button disappears from the video projector monitor, video projector brightness and contrast up. Zeiss stars on, very slow forward diurnal motion.

  2. 4:00: “… shattered comets … and the Earth gained an atmosphere. This early atmosphere was rich in carbon dioxide.”
    Zeiss stars off.

  3. 4:25: “…wondered about all these great events that happened so long ago.”
    Zeiss stars on.

  4. 36:45: Between the end of the credits and the start of the cove lights, PLAY/PAUSE the show DVD and talk about the sky tonight or recent discoveries. Follow right side of Great Square of Pegasus down to Fomalhaut in Piscis Austrinus below Aquarius, RA 22h 58m Dec –29° 37′.

Fall/Winter extrasolar planets

Location shown with green Celestia diamond.

  1. 31:04: Sirius. “One of the nearest stars to us …&rdquo

  2. 31:30: Pegasus and 51 Pegasi, RA 22h 57m Dec +20° 46′. The Great Square is composed of
    Alpheratz Scheat
    Algenib Markab

  3. 32:27: Andromeda.

  4. 32:40: υ Andromedæ (upsilon), RA 1h 37m Dec +41° 24′.

  5. 32:52: Cassiopea.

  6. 32:59: Cepheus.

  7. 33:05: γ Cephei, RA 23h 39m Dec +77° 38′.

  8. 33:22: Taurus: “And in the eastern sky …”
    Zeiss zodiac on.
    HD 37124, RA 5h 37m Dec +20° 44′.

  9. 33:46: Eridanus.

  10. 33:50: ε Eradini, RA 3h 33m Dec –9° 27′.

  11. Orion Nebula.
    “The existance of these distance worlds is inferred …”
    Zeiss zodiac off.

Spring/Summer extrasolar planets

  1. 47 Ursæ Majoris, RA 10h 59m Dec +40° 26′.

  2. ρ Coronæ Borealis, RA 16h 01m Dec +33° 18′.

  3. τ Boötes, RA 13h 47m Dec +17° 27′.

  4. 70 Virginis, RA 13h 28m Dec +13° 47′.

  5. 55 Cancri, RA 08h 53m Dec +28° 20′.


  1. Wikipedia Links:
    Mercury Venus Earth Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune Pluto
    Sirius 51 Pegasi υ Andromedæ γ Cephei HD 37124 ε Eradini Orion Nebula

  2. Southeastern Planetarium Association show page.

  3. Narrated by Kate Mulgrew, Captain Kathryn Janeway of Star Trek:Voyager.

  4. Trailer.

  5. Cheat sheet.