Arkansas SkyDome Portable Planetarium and Science Museum

Explore science and the wonders of the night sky with our portable planetarium and mobile science museum!  

AstroScan Observatory provides entertaining and educational space related programs for schools and organizations across Arkansas.  Our programs are conducted by Stephen Meeks, who brings over 30 years of stargazing experience and passion to our events.

Arkansas SkyDome

Our inflatable SkyDome sets up easily in your location, bringing a star-filled planetarium to your site.  Science exhibits include meteorites, rocket / aircraft models, astronaut autographs, rock and soil samples from around the world, fossils and more. Age appropriate & weather permitting we bring telescopes for safe viewing of the Sun, Moon, planets and other celestial wonders.

More convenient and less costly than a field trip, these programs are suitable for every age group.

Our programs aren’t just for schools.  Scouts need help getting their Astronomy badge? Your library or community group want to setup a pubic program or a stargazing event?  Would your church like to learn more about God’s creation?  We can help.

 

Below you’ll find a list of exhibits we bring, background on our presenter, and some reviews.
We travel anywhere in Arkansas. Contact us about the possibility of a visit if you are in a surrounding state.

Schedule A Program
For more information or to schedule a program contact us at: observatory@arkansassky.com or 501.314.9250


Photo of a night time Space Shuttle launch taken through a telescope from the Kennedy Space Center Press Site by SkyDome Presenter Stephen Meeks.

Space Shuttle Launch photographed by Stephen Meeks

 

Exhibits Include:

  • Rocket / Aircraft Models
  • Meteorites
  • NASA Space Shuttle Launch Photos
  • Astronaut Autographs
  • NASA Mission Patches / Coins
  • Astronomical Photographs
  • Soil Samples from around the world
  • Fossils / Crystals

 

 

 

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About our Presenter: Stephen Meeks

Mr. Meeks is a dynamic educator who has a passion for astronomy.  He presents the material in a fun, enthusiastic way that catches student’s attention and tries to evoke a sense of awe and wonder.  His goal is not to just teach facts, but how to do and participate. He has been presenting public programs since the early 1990s and has taught kindergarten through senior citizens.

  • 30 years of star gazing experience.
  • 6 year as an adjunct college astronomy professor.
  • Press Representative at Kennedy Space Center for Space Shuttle Launches.
  • 2-Term President of the Northeast Florida Astronomical Society.
  • Active Stargazer.

 

The Reviews are in….
From elementary, scouts, teachers, college students, and grandparents!

  • Sara – College Student “This started out as just a requirement for my A.A. degree, but became the best class I have taken this semester.”
  • Dottie – Cub Scouts “The boys certainly enjoyed the slide presentation and the observations. They were full of questions and very interested in what you had to say. Due to your efforts these boys earned their science belt loops.”
  • Janet – “The Foster Grandparents really enjoyed the show you gave Friday. You have a nice sense of humor mixed with your expertise of the subject”
  • Marilyn – Elementary Teacher “Thank you very much for the wonderful program last night! We loved it.”
  • Drew – 2nd Grader “I really liked the slide show and I loved looking through the telescope.”
  • Chester – 2nd Grader “Thank you for shareing your time. It was the frist time I looked in a telescope.”
  • Anonymous College Student “The unique things we learned that were not in [our] book.”