Additional Resources

We hope you’ll come see us at the planetarium on your next visit to Bishop Museum. For more learning opportunities and activities here are some websites, apps, and other resources we recommend. You can also email your questions to planetarium@bishopmuseum.org. 

Astronomy Reference

Resource
Description
Age
Earthsky
What to look for in the night sky
All ages, adult help for kids recommended
Heavens Above
Website for tracking satellites, generating star maps, sun, moon, and planet information.
High School and older
Sky and Telescope interactive sky chart
Web-based sky chart simulator. Input your location, date and time to see what’s visible in the sky.
All ages, adult help for kids recommended

NASA

Resource
Description
Age
NASA Home Page
Main landing page for NASA, the United States government space agency.
All Ages
NASA Space Place
Kid-focused NASA website with information, games, activities, and more.
Ages 4 -12
NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day
Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
All Ages
NASA Juno Mission
Images and information from NASA’s Juno mission studying the largest planet in our solar system.
All Ages
Women at NASA
NASA site highlighting the extensive contributions of women.
All Ages
Space Shuttle Model Glider
Printable make-at-home model of a space shuttle.
All Ages
NASA Eyes Interactive Solar System Model
Interactive Solar System simulator web page. Can also embed on our website.
Grade 2 +
NASA Eyes
Free downloadable program to explore the solar system and beyond.
Grades 2+
NASA STEM at Home
Activities for at home exploration and learning.
Ages 5+
10 things to do with NASA at home
All ages, adult help for kids recommended
Viewspace
Interactives and videos on Earth and Space Science.
All ages, adult help for kids recommended

Apps & Software

Resource
Description
Age
Stellarium
Free planetarium software to download and run on a computer. Simulate the sky from any location on Earth at any time.
All ages, adult help for kids recommended
World Wide Telescope
Free planetarium software to download and run on a computer. Simulate the sky from any location on Earth at any time.
All ages, adult help for kids recommended
Sky View (mobile and tablet)
App for sky viewing
All ages, adult help for kids recommended
Sky Safari (mobile and tablet)
App for sky viewing
All ages, adult help for kids recommended
Star Walk (mobile and tablet)
App for sky viewing
All ages, adult help for kids recommended
Science On a Sphere Explorer (mobile and tablet)
App version of our Science On a Sphere exhibit by NOAA
All ages, adult help for kids recommended

About the Planetarium

Bishop Museum’s Jhamandas Watumull Planetarium was the first planetarium in Polynesia. Originally called the Kilolani Planetarium, the Watumull Planetarium has served over six million visitors and students since it opened its doors on December 11, 1961. Our Chronos II star machine provides one of the most vivid, realistic recreations of the night sky available today, with 8,500 pinpoint stars and realistic, bright planets. Our Digistar full dome video system covers the entire dome in immersive video, allowing us to fly through the rings of Saturn or into the depths of the Orion nebula.

The planetarium has 70 seats and serves 70,000 people a year. The planetarium focuses on programs about Hawai‘i; a hallmark of its programs is the blending of live and prerecorded elements within each program.