The Mayborn Science Theater announced it recently added several more shows to its list of available shows which can be streamed free from its website. The new shows, along with the previous full-length and animated short programs, can be watched from home on a tablet, computer or other streaming devices at the viewers’ leisure, any time day or night.
The recently added shows are:
“Birth of Planet Earth” – scientists now believe our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to a billion planets roughly the size of our own. A twisted tale of our planet’s origins, the show uses advanced, cinematic quality visualizations to explore some of the greatest questions in science today: How did Earth become a living planet in the wake of our solar system’s violent birth? What does its history tell us about our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like?
“Dynamic Earth” – narrated by Liam Neeson, the show explores the inner workings of the Earth's climate system and offers visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, fly into roiling volcanoes and leave with a broader understanding of what shapes Earth’s climate and climate change.
“Super Volcanoes” – in this unique immersive experience, audiences will explore the impact of volcanoes on Earth and other worlds in our solar system.
“Zula Patrol: Down to Earth” – based on the award-winning PBS series, join the Zula gang on a routine fossil-hunting mission and a rollicking ride into Earth's past to save the world. In the process, our heroes learn all about the formation and development of the Earth and the life forms who call it home.
“Unseen Universe” – made in association with the European Southern Observatory and the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the show is an exciting look into cutting edge astronomy that explores the universe far beyond our human senses. It provides a stunning visual treat as we explore the latest splendors of the heavens in an uplifting look at the new era of astronomy and what has yet to come.
“Secret Lives of Stars” – witness the amazing variety of stars and peer into their secret lives. The show is narrated by Patrick Stewart.
“Invaders of Mars” – the show highlights our ongoing exploration of Mars. Explore the Martian surface as seen by Earth's various spacecraft "invaders" and use the data gathered to explore the red planet. Viewers will fly over the great chasms, canyons and volcanoes, descend amid the ice of a Martian polar cap and is buffeted by swirling dust devils. Blinded by the planet-wide storms which engulf this world from time to time, we emerge to discover a whole new world which is the red planet Mars.
“Robot Explorers” – near the end of the 20th century, we began launching unmanned probes into the far reaches of the solar system. What they discovered was amazing and in some cases unexpected. Now after dozens of probes have been deployed, the exploration continues. New space missions are underway and many of these robust spacecraft are still operational. The show pays tribute to these exploring robots and what they have taught us about our solar system.
“Dinosaurs at Dusk - is an action-packed animation show giving viewers a close-up view of early Earth and the fantastic animals that once roamed its surface and ancient skies. The show follows the adventures of a father and his teenage daughter who share a fascination for all things that fly. Travel back in time to explore an Earth teeming with the ancestors of modern-day birds - the feathered dinosaurs. Visit several geologic periods and hike through rain forests, scale ice cliffs, sail over prehistoric oceans and parachute into a vast sinkhole in their search for the first flying animals.
“Mars One Thousand One” – follow space reporter Miles O'Brien as he guides viewers through the first human mission to Mars - a daring 1,000-day mission to fly an international crew to the red planet and return them safely to Earth. Many challenges will have to be met in order for the crew to succeed and unlock the secrets of the new world. Witness firsthand the astronauts’ brave attempts to put human footprints on Mars and return safely to Earth.
In addition, several coloring sheets, word games and other challenges are available online for youngsters. The online game and activity options are three coloring sheets – one on astronomy, one on science and one for chemistry. There is a Carnivores Word Search and Satellite Meteorology Learning Modules for grade 7 – 12.
Other activities include Challenge: Asteroids. It focuses on space exploration and asteroids by challenging players to take on the role of an engineer at SpaceWorks aerospace facility. There is also Click Asteroid: Mission Extreme Fun Facts and Space Riddles. Download a PDF fact sheet and space riddle about asteroids and learn the difference between a meteor and a meteorite, a comet and an asteroid and other fun astronomical facts.
To stream any of the available shows or access the games, visit the Mayborn Science Theater website starsatnight.org. Scroll down the homepage to the “Fun and educational things to do at home” section.