The Planets - September 21

Learning About Our Space Neighbors

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Today is International Day of Peace, Miniature Golf Day, National Chai Day, Paw Paw Day, National Pecan Cookie Day, Teach Ag Day, and World Alzheimer's Day.

On This Date
Today's Birthdays
Songs of the Day
Today's Theme: THE PLANETS




  • Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah - LISTEN
  • Gustav Holst - The Planets - LISTEN
  • Train - Drops of Jupiter - LISTEN
  • Belinda Carlisle - Heaven is a Place on Earth - LISTEN
  • David Bowie - Life on Mars? - LISTEN
  • Jimi Hendrix - Valleys of Neptune - LISTEN


  • Grades PreK-1 - Sesame Street - Sesame Street: Planet Moon and Stars Song (1:39) - VIEW
  • Grades K-3 - Ready Jet Go! - Solar System Song (1:38) - VIEW
  • Grades K-12 - PBS LearningMedia - Bringing the Universe to America's Classrooms  Collection - READ, VIEW, DO
  • Grades 2-6 - NASA - The Space Place - The Planets -READ and VIEW
  • Grades 2-6 - NASA - The Space Place - Los Planetas - READ and VIEW
  • Grades 3-8 - PBS LearningMedia - NASA and Design Squad - Mission: Solar System Collection - VIEW and DO
  • Grades 3-12 - NHPBS LearningMedia - Nova - What Is a Planet? (3:03) - READ, VIEW, DO
  • Grades 4-12 - NASA - Solar System Exploration - The Planets - READ and VIEW
  • Grades 5-8 - NHPBS LearningMedia - Walking the Solar System (5:12) - READ, VIEW, DO
  • Grades 6-8 - NHPBS LearningMedia - To Scale - The Solar System (Available in Spanish) (5:16) - READ, VIEW, DO
  • Grades 6-8 - NHPBS LearningMedia - Solar System Fact Sheet - READ
  • Grades 6-12 - NHPBS Video - PBS Spacetime - Is Pluto a Planet? (14:03) - VIEW
  • Grades 6-12 - NHPBS Video - Be Smart - When Is It Winter On Other Planets? (5:00) - VIEW
  • Grades 6-12 - NHPBS Video - Be Smart - What Would Trees Look Like On Other Planets? (8:51) - VIEW
  • Grades 6-12 - NHPBS Video - Be Smart - What Has New Horizons Taught Us About Pluto? (5:55) - VIEW
  • Grades 6-12 - NHPBS Video - Nova - Inside the Search for Planet Nine (3:13) - VIEW
  • Grades 6-12 - NHPBS Video - Nova - The Evidence for Planet Nine’s Existence (3:03) - VIEW


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BASEBALL - The Faith of 50 Million People
Thursday, 9/21 from 3-5 pm NHPBS
The Black Sox scandal, which is at the center of the third inning, reveals how eight members of the Chicago white sox including the incomparable Shoeless Joe Jackson, "Played with the faith of 50 million people," as F. Scott Fitzgerald later wrote, by taking money from gamblers to throw the 1919 World Series. BASEBALL - Streaming Video

Thursday, 9/21 from 9-10 pm NHPBS
Every year, broad-winged hawks embark on a 4,500-mile journey from New Hampshire to South America. Host Willem Lange traces the migratory route of these magnificent birds from the White Mountains to the Andes of Ecuador, and shares the stories of those who witness this wonder of nature. JOURNEY OF THE BROADWINGED HAWK Streaming Video

WONDERS OF MEXICO - Forests of the Maya
Thursday, 9/21 from 10-11 pm NHPBS
Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, home to the Maya, is a forest rich in wildlife, including monkeys, jaguars, and vibrant tropical birds. Here lies a secret underworld that holds the key to life. WONDERS OF MEXICO Streaming Video

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THE GREEN PLANET - Seasonal Worlds
Thursday, 9/21 from 3-4 pm NHPBS EXPLORE
Sir David Attenborough reveals the surprising and dramatic effects of the four seasons on plant life. In order to survive the huge challenges each season presents, plants must use strategy, deception, and remarkable feats of engineering. THE GREEN PLANET - Seasonal Worlds Streaming Video

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Thursday, 9/21 from 8-9:30 pm NH WORLD
FIVE YEARS NORTH is the story of America's immigration system through the eyes of Luis and Judy. Luis is an undocumented Guatemalan boy who arrives alone in New York City with little support and many responsibilities. Judy is a veteran ICE agent with Cuban-American and Puerto Rican roots, who must weigh the human cost of her work against the future her family would face without her paycheck. AMERICA REFRAMED Streaming Video

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    • Civics 101 -  Tons of great (and free!) audio, activities, resources, and lessons to help you stay engaged with civics.
    • Ask Sam - Ask Sam features Outside/In host Sam Evans-Brown answering listener questions about the mysteries and quirks of the natural world.
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    • Learning Connection - Even though their doors are closed, we’re still here to connect you to the inspirational powers of nature and engage you in learning. 
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