Shows Available

Teacher Guides with additional resources are available for some shows — look for the TEACHERLINK following the show description and click it to link to a PDF or website.

Click here for a list of shows organized by grade level which includes the science topics covered by each program.

 

Alphabetical List of Shows:

adrenaline universeAdrenaline Universe  Everything in our Universe is affected by gravity.   Humans are no exception.  Earth’s gravity holds us captive on our planet’s surface and makes any attempt to escape very difficult. But gravity can also be fun.  Many of the so called extreme sports would not be so attractive or even possible without the existence of gravitational force. We experience this gravitational excitement through the secretion of a hormone and neurotransmitter called adrenaline.  So why not learn about gravity by flying, skiing, base jumping and skydiving?

Run Time:  45 minutes         Recommended for ages 8 and up

 

amazing astronomersAmazing Astronomers of Antiquity    Ancient astronomers knew the Earth was round, created an accurate star map, and developed a method for predicting eclipses. Sailors navigated by the stars.  Discover how the Pantheon is an astronomical instrument, how Eratosthenes measured the Earth’s circumference, who first said that the Earth orbits the Sun, and who created the Antikythera Mechanism to predict motions of the sun, moon and planets.  The seven most Amazing Astronomers of Antiquity are responsible for most of the astronomy we still use everyday.

Run Time:   20 minutes                      Recommended for ages 8 and up

 

amp's amazing flightAmp’s Amazing Night Flight   Follow Amp the Firefly in his nighttime stargazing adventures.

Run Time:   20 minutes           Recommended for grades K through 2

 

 

 

astronautAstronaut   Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject ‘Chad,’ our test astronaut, to everything that space has to throw at him.

Run Time:   20 minutes          Recommended for ages 8 and up.        TEACHERLINK

 

 

astronomythsAstronomyths   A blend of modern astronomy with ancient Greek mythology. The audience travels through a series of constellations as seen from earth and learns about the respective mythological stories after which they were named.

Run Time:   25 minutes               Recommended for ages 8 and up

 

 

 

back to moon for goodBack to the Moon for Good   Follow teams around the world competing for the largest incentivized prize in history, by landing a robotic spacecraft on the Moon for the first time in more than 40 years.  To win the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a team must land a robotic spacecraft on the Moon, travel it 500 meters over the lunar surface, and send video, images and data back to Earth. This global competition is designed to spark imagination and inspire a renewed commitment to space exploration, not by governments or countries – by the citizens of the world.

Run Time:  30 minutes              Recommended for ages 7 and up          TEACHERLINK

 

black holesBlack Holes   They lurk in the universe like cosmic dragons.  They can devour entire stars.  And once in their grasp, nothing — not even light — can escape.  This program takes you on a journey through one of the most mystifying, awe-inspiring phenomena in the Universe.  Learn where Black Holes come from, where they are found, and their unique properties.  Narrated by John de Lancie (Q from Star Trek).

Run Time: 40 minutes          Appropriate for grades 7 and up         TEACHERLINK

 

 

case of disappearing planetThe Case of the Disappearing Planet   Join Detective Skye Watcher as she examines the changing status of objects we call “planets.”  What exactly makes an object a planet?  Why has that definition changed over the years?  The program not only covers Pluto, but the temporary planetary status of asteroids as well.  The tally of “planets” in our Solar System has been going up and down for hundreds of years!

Run Time:  30 minutes              Recommended for ages 8 and up

 

 

cell cellCell! Cell! Cell!   You are made of 70 trillion living cells.  They work. They talk. They think.  They are what make you alive. This is the story of how they do it.  Join Raj and Sooki in this character-driven story as they use a series of bizarre contraptions to look inside cells and explore the human body. Discover the mystery of DNA and find out how we all started as a single cell.

Run Time:   25 minutes            Recommended for grades 3 – 5     TEACHERLINK

 

 

cosmic castawayCosmic Castaways   What happens when galaxies collide?  What becomes of the stars within those galaxies?  In this full-dome program we explore these questions and ponder the fate of our own Sun and solar system when the Milky Way galaxy and the Andromeda galaxy collide in the distant future.

Run Time:  21 minutes.    Recommended for ages 8 and up

 

 

cosmic journeyCosmic Journey  Tour the cosmos with astrophysicist Dr. Stacy Palen as your guide!  Cosmic Journey tells the story of the universe from a uniquely human perspective. Drift through images from the Hubble Space Telescope and other NASA Great Observatories in a fulldome experience like no other. 

Run Time:  25 minutes     Recommended for ages 10 and up

 

 

cosmic origins spectrographCosmic Origins Spectrograph   The Cosmic Origins Spectrograph was the last instrument added to the Hubble Space Telescope in 2009. This program discusses how the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph analyzes visible and invisible light of the cosmos and explores the hidden large-scale structure of the universe to understand the origins of galaxies, stars, and planets.

Run Time:  30 minutes             Recommended for ages 8 and up

 

 

Cosmology   How did the universe begin, and how is it evolving?  Explore some of the big questions in this original show produced by the Casper Planetarium and narrated by Michael Stevens of Vsauce.

Run Time:   35 minutes               Recommended for ages 12 and up

 

 

 

dark matterDark:  Understanding Dark Matter   The search for Dark Matter is the most pressing astrophysical problem of our time – the solution will help us understand why the Universe is as it is, where it came from, and how it has evolved over billions of years. The movie is presented by Dr Alan Duffy, an astronomer from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) at the University of Western Australia – who creates simulations of Dark Matter evolution inside supercomputers.

Run Time:   20 minutes            Recommended for ages 8 and up

 

dawn of space ageDawn of the Space Age  Travel from the launch of the first artificial satellite sputnik to the magnificent lunar landings and privately operated space flights.  Be immersed and overwhelmed with this accurate historic reconstruction of Man’s first steps into space. Who were these men and women that took part in death defying endeavors? Witness their drive, their passion, and their perseverance.

Run Time:   40 minutes             Recommended for ages 8 and up        TEACHERLINK

 

 

dinosaur passage to pangaeaDinosaur Passage to Pangaea   When two children embark on a geology field trip back in time, they are thrown into a fantastic voyage where they witness incredible geological wonders and learn the mysterious process that created our present-day continents. From racing across the landscape atop Dinosaurs to plummeting to the center of the Earth, this is the perfect educational glimpse at the tectonic forces that forged our world.  It is the ultimate field trip!

Run Time:   35 minutes                     Recommended for ages 8 and up

 

dream to flyDream to Fly   Discover the mystery of flight with Leonardo da Vinci, the Montgolfier brothers, the Wright brothers and other inventors. Experience the adventure and find out how this immense and challenging dream, for which mankind has striven since the beginning of history, came true.

Run Time:   35 minutes                 Recommended for ages 10 and up

 

 

Earth Moon SunEarth, Moon and Sun    Explore the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. His confusion about the universe makes viewers think about how the Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system. Native American stories are used throughout the show to help distinguish between myths and science.

Run Time:   35 minutes         Recommended for ages 7 and up          TEACHERLINK

 

Earth's wild rideEarth’s Wild Ride   Set on the surface of the Moon in the year 2081, the program opens with a grandfather and his grandchildren gazing out into space.  As they watch the Moon’s shadow move across Earth, the grandfather tells stories of crashing asteroids, erupting volcanoes, roaring dinosaurs, electrifying lightning and booming thunder on Earth. While learning about eclipses, the ice age, and the Earth’s water cycle, the audience is taken on a roller coaster ride through canyons of raging rivers and hot flowing lava.

Run Time:   20 minutes    Recommended for grades 2 – 5      TEACHERLINK1    TEACHERLINK2

 

eclipse sun revealedEclipse:  The Sun Revealed    See how eclipses show us more about the sun than we knew before.  Learn about the historical and cultural views of eclipses, the geometry that gives us lunar, partial, annular, and total solar eclipses, scientific discoveries generated or supported by total solar eclipses, how to safely view an eclipse, and what to expect during a total solar eclipse.

Run Time:   45 minutes      Recommended for ages 6 and up

 

 

starfield backgroundEntirely Live   Experience an entirely live tour of the night sky including stars, planets, and stories about the constellations by a planetarium staff member.  Presented regularly on the first Saturday of each month at 7 pm, and available at other times by request.

 

Run Time:  45 minutes         Recommended for ages 8 and up

 

 

exoplanetsExoplanets    Learn about planets beyond our solar system and techniques astronomers use to finding them.  Winner of the Associazione dei Planetari Italiani Planetarium Video Competition.

Run Time:                     Recommended for ages 12 and up

 

 

 

exoplanets worlds of wonderExoplanets:  Worlds of Wonder   Join mankind’s first space probe as it journeys outside our solar system to the many new worlds astronomers are discovering beyond.  Visit gas giants caught in a deadly dance with their host stars, frozen rogue planets hurling through space, molten rocky worlds now known to science and new planets drifting comfortably within the Goldilocks Zone, the area around a star where Earth-like worlds may exist.  Audiences will also learn new insight about our Earth, Moon, Sun and the remarkable Solar System we inhabit.

Run Time:   26 minutes                    Recommended for ages 6 and up

 

Expanded ViewExpanded View   The Expanded View program features some of the most beautiful deep space objects, seen through the eyes of the Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra space telescopes.

Run Time:   20 minutes         Recommended for ages 8 and up        TEACHERLINK

 

 

 

flight adventuresFlight Adventures   Discover the science of flight through the eyes of a young girl and her grandfather as they explore how birds, kites, planes and models fly.  Learn about the history and future plans of flight and how NASA is discovering new and safer ways to travel with the help of future engineers and aviators – like YOU!

Run Time:  20 minutes              Recommended for ages 8 and up

 

 

four paths of the sunFour Paths of the Sun     This short program about illustrates why Earth has seasons, how the sun’s altitude in the sky changes over the course of a year, and how the angle of the sun causes changes in weather.

Run Time:   15 minutes                   Recommended for grades 4 – 8

 

 

 

earth to universeFrom Earth to the Universe  The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience From Earth to the Universe.      This show is also available in a Spanish language version.

Run Time:  30 minutes          Recommended for ages 8 and up

 

galileo power of telescopeGalileo:  The Power of the Telescope   Two eyes and two pieces of glass revolutionized human understanding 400 years ago. The eyes belonged to Galileo Galilei, and the curved pieces of glass were the lenses of his telescope.  Experience Galileo’s early experiments, his advocacy of the idea that the Earth revolves around the sun, and his work with early telescopes.  Learn how his keen observations culminated in The Starry Messenger, an early masterpiece in which Galileo described all his dazzling discoveries.  Narrated by Dava Sobel, author of the award-winning biography Galileo’s Daughter.

Run Time:  30 minutes        Recommended for ages 8 and up

 

George and Oatmeal save SantaGeorge and Oatmeal Save Santa    Santa Claus is missing! Mrs. Claus is worried and asks Oatmeal the snowman to help find him. Join Oatmeal and his friend George, the planetarium wizard, as they travel the world in search of Santa. Along the way they are told constellation stories from many cultures and how to use the stars of the Big Dipper to find north.

Run Time:   20 minutes             Recommended for ages 4 and up

 

 

heart of the sunHeart of the Sun   Experience our nearest star, the Sun, from a new perspective: this show takes you inside the Sun, in breathtaking high definition!  New technology captures both the fine surface detail and the vast eruptions of the corona with unprecedented clarity.   From the Neolithic skywatchers of Europe to the solar observatories of Mesoamerica to the dawning of Aristotelian science,  the development of our whole cosmology has been informed by our struggle to understand the Sun.  This living star continues to challenge our imagination today.

Run Time:  35 minutes          Recommended for ages 8 and up

 

hot energetic universeHot and Energetic Universe  The achievements of  modern astronomy,  the basic principles of electromagnetic radiation and the natural phenomena related to the High Energy Astrophysics.  This science probes hot gas in clusters of galaxies, and  around super-massive black holes in the centers of galaxies.  High energy radiation provides important information about our own galaxy, neutron stars, supernova remnants and stars like our Sun.  Also available in a Spanish language version.

Run Time:  29 minutes         Recommended for ages 10 and up         TEACHERLINK

 

IBEX search for the edge of solar systemIBEX:  Search for the Edge of the Solar System   Join scientists who are investigating the boundary between our Solar System and the rest of our galaxy in IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System.  Follow the creation of NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) and get an in-depth look at the mission and how IBEX is collecting high-speed atoms to create a map of our Solar System’s boundary.

Run Time:    28 minutes         Recommended for ages 8 and up       TEACHERLINK

 

 

Larry Cat in SpaceLarry Cat in Space     When Larry’s human, Diana, takes a job on the Moon, he stows away in her clothes trunk.  Once he arrives, he learns about the Moon and its relationship to Earth, including lunar geography, earth/space science, weightlessness, and more.

Run Time:   30 minutes        Recommended for ages  6 and up      TEACHERLINK

 

 

 

legend of orionLegends of the Night Sky:  Orion   Mythology comes to life in a fun-filled, animated adventure.  Accompanied by narrators Aesop the owl and Socrates the mouse, we follow Orion as he grows to manhood, battles mythical beasts, foils the plot of an evil king and wins the heart of Artemis, the beautiful moon-goddess. By the end of the story, we learn how the constellation Orion was placed in the sky, forever turning overhead throughout the seasons.

Run Time:  25 minutes            Recommended for ages 6 and up         TEACHERLINK

 

 

Legends Perseus AndromedaLegends of the Night Sky:  Perseus and Andromeda   Hear the Greek mythology surrounding several well-known constellations: Perseus, Andromeda, Cepheus, Cassiopeia, Cetus, and more.  Andromeda, a beautiful princess, finds herself in harm’s way as a result of her parents’ foolishness.  Can the demigod, Perseus, save her in time?  Find out in this humorous animated program, which is fun for the whole family!

Run Time:   20 minutes                 Recommended for ages 6 and up

 

 

light before ChristmasThe Light Before Christmas    After losing their way on a cold, blustery Christmas eve, two children, Katie and Makean, are rescued by their friend the Candleman, an old sage who imparts wisdom, hot chocolate, and stories. Opening a weathered book, he begins reading the classic tale “The Night Before Christmas. ”  Magically, Katie and Makean become characters in the poem where they learn the light of Christmas comes from the giver of all good gifts.

Run Time:   35 minutes                Appropriate for all ages

 

 

little star that could

The Little Star that Could    Little Star, an average yellow star, searches for planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special and discovers that stars combine to form clusters and galaxies. Little Star also learns about planets and our Solar System.

Run Time:  40 minutes.    Recommended for ages 6 and up           TEACHERLINK

 

 

mayan archeoastronomyMayan Archaeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe  This beautiful show intertwines science and mythology to take the viewer on a poetic journey through how the Mayans viewed and understood the universe throughout their history.   Explore 6 different Mayan archeological sites and their connection to the universe.  The visuals are stunning, giving the viewer the impression of being inside a beautifully stylistic painting.

Run Time:   20 minutes            Recommended for ages 9 and up

 

 

moon factsThe Moon     This program incorporates live interactive planetarium teaching with a recorded program.

 

Run Time:   30 minutes           Recommended for grades 2 – 4          TEACHERLINK

 

 

 

moon dreamsMoon Dreams   Explore the origins of the Moon, how it has affected life on Earth and the possibility of life on other moons in the solar system.

 

Run Time:  13 minutes      Recommended for grades 3 and up

 

 

 

One world one skyOne World, One Sky:  Big Bird’s Adventure    Follow Sesame Street‘s Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from Zhima Jie, the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street. Together, they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth.  Also available in Spanish and Chinese language versions.

Run Time:   20 minutes            Recommended for ages 2 and up          TEACHERLINK

 

 

origins of life

Origins of Life   Explore some of the most profound questions of life science: the origins of life and the human search for life beyond Earth.  Travel from prebiotic chemistry in the Universe, through the formation of stars and solar systems, to the first life on Earth. Origins of Life also covers the great extinctions as well as our search for (primitive) life beyond planet Earth.  Origins of Life is an inspirational journey through time and a celebration of life on Earth and the advances of science.

Run Time:   30 minutes             Recommended for ages 8 and up         TEACHERLINK

 

 

out there extrasolar worldsOut There – The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds  For thousands of years, mankind thought that the Earth was the center of the Universe. Thanks to our curiosity, imagination and urge to explore, we now know that the Sun is just one star among hundreds of billions in the Milky Way. With the world’s most powerful telescopes, we can explore more and more of the Universe. What we have found so far has surpassed expectations. Most stars have planets., and a huge diversity of different worlds is out there, just waiting to be discovered.

Run Time:   30 minutes      Recommended for ages 8 and up

 

 

part of sky called OrionA Part of the Sky Called Orion   This show looks at the big ideas that have guided human understanding of the cosmos and its patterns in the sky by looking at the Greek, Egyptian, and Inupiaq cultures. We learn how each viewed the same stars, but had different stories and images. Told in first-person in the context of the teller’s life, we experience their ancient star lore and imagery.

Run Time:   26 minutes.                   Recommended for ages 7 and up

 

 

phantom universe dark matterPhantom of the Universe   The exploration of dark matter, from the Big Bang to its anticipated discovery at the Large Hadron Collider.   Journey from the Andromeda Galaxy to the most sensitive dark matter detector on Earth, housed deep underground in a former gold mine, to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.  Learn how scientists around the world are collaborating to track down the constituents of dark matter.

Run Time:  28 minutes         Recommended for ages 10 and up         TEACHERLINK

 

 

Planetary VisionsPlanetary Visions:  A Solar System Adventure   Make sure your seatbelt is securely fastened as we blast off with “Toggle” on an adventurous and interactive tour of the Solar System! Detailed information about the planets, moons and Sun is provided as we fly through the various regions within our Solar neighborhood.

Run Time:   35 minutes                     Recommended for ages 6 and up

 

 

Season of LightSeason of Light   traces the history and development of many holiday customs which involve lighting up the winter season — from sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows to the lighting of luminarias in the American Southwest and the traditional ritual of the Hanukkah Menorah.  The show also recounts the historical, religious, and cultural rituals practiced during the winter solstice — Christian,  Jewish, Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi.

Run Time: 35 minutes              Appropriate for ages 8 and up

 

Secret of cardboard rocketThe Secret of the Cardboard Rocket  Climb aboard a magical cardboard rocket with two young adventurers and experience a breathtaking, up-close look at each of our solar system’s planets with guidance from a wise Astronomy Book.   With “Book,” as their guide, the travelers visit the Sun, the eight planets and Pluto. while “Book” relays interesting facts about each body.  This show features 3D animation and a soundtrack with spectacular effects created at George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch.

Run Time:   40 minutes         Recommended for ages 6 and up            TEACHERLINK

 

seeing sight

SEEING! – A photon’s Journey Across Space, Time and Mind   Follow a photon’s creation and journey across the galaxy to a young stargazer’s eye. The viewer follows the photon into the girl’s eye, learning the structures of the eye and their functions, prior to taking a ride on the optic nerve.

Run Time:  27 minutes             Recommended for ages 8 and up

 

 

skywatcher of africaSkywatchers of Africa  For thousands of years, Africans have used their knowledge of the sky to build their societies, shape their spiritual lives, and meet their physical needs for survival. Skywatchers of Africa highlights the diversity of African astronomy, examines cultural uses of the sky that developed throughout history, and celebrates our shared human experience.

Run Time:   35 minutes              Recommended for ages 8 and up      TEACHERLINK

 

 

solar questSolar Quest    Highlighted in the show is the role of the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and how scientists have begun to use it as a way to help identify and predict severe space weather.  The show also discusses the impacts that space weather may have and how the Earth’s atmosphere and its magnetic field protect all life on Earth.

Run Time:   12 minutes                       Recommended for grades 2 – 5

 

 

Spirits from the Sky, Thunder on the Land  This sky show, produced in cooperation with Tribal Elders, provides a never-before-seen journey into the culture of the Skidi, a band of the Pawnee Native American Nation. You will explore the rich cultural heritage of the Skidi and see how they came to pattern their lives from observations they made of the Earth and celestial phenomena.  This original production by Chicago’s Adler Planetarium was adapted for full-dome by the Casper Planetarium.

Run Time:   30 minutes      Recommended for ages 8 and up      TEACHERLINK

 

Star of Bethlehem   Who were the magi?  Where did they come from?  What was the spectacular “star” that they followed on their journey to find the Messiah?

Run Time:   25 minutes        Recommended for ages 6 and up

 

 

 

stars powerhousesStars: the Powerhouses of the Universe   Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the Universe.   Journey to the farthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of STARS.

Run Time:   30 minutes          Recommended for ages 7 and up         TEACHERLINK1    TEACHERLINK2

 

summer skiesSummer Skies   Take a detailed tour of the prominent constellations that are visible during the summer months.  You’ll also learn about the evolution of the stars that make up these constellations.

Run Time:  45 minutes                Recommended for ages 8 and up

 

 

 

sunstruckSunstruck   Share the wonder of our own personal star, the Sun.  Learn how the Sun’s incredible energy has supported life on Earth for millennia, but also poses threats to the way of life our 21st century technology has enabled.

Run Time:  30 minutes           Recommended for ages 8 and up          TEACHERLINK

 

 

 

this is our skyThis is Our Sky    Join Luna and her friends as they learn about the sky and things we see in it. The show touches briefly on weather, covers the apparent motion of the Sun, Moon, and Stars, and goes into detail on seasons and the Earth’s tilt, seasonal constellations, and the phases of the Moon then wraps up with an overview of the planets in our Solar System.

Run Time:   20 minutes         Recommended for grades K – 4

 

 

two small pieces of glassTwo Small Pieces of Glass  While attending a local star party, two teenage students learn how the telescope has helped us understand our place in space and how telescopes continue to expand our understanding of the Universe. Their conversation with a local female astronomer enlightens them on the history of the telescope and the discoveries these wonderful tools have made. The students see how telescopes work and how the largest observatories in the world use these instruments to explore the mysteries of the universe.

Run Time:   25 minutes           Recommended for ages 8 and up         TEACHERLINK

 

WeatherThe Weather    This program teaches kids to use their senses to explore, predict, and measure the weather.  Learn about basic cloud types and the weather conditions associated with them, some of the instruments used to study and measure the weather, and the basic features of the water cycle.

Run Time:   18 minutes            Recommended for ages 6 and up       TEACHERLINK

 

 

wilbears adventure Wilbear’s Adventure   Follow Wilbear the Teddy Bear’s discovery of flight.  His grandpa uses demonstrations about the nature of flight to build up to the story of the Wright Brothers’ historic first airplane experience.  Grandpa Bear captivates audiences with tales of inventions over time, from kites and gliders to today’s jet planes.

Run Time:   15 minutes          Recommended for ages 4 to 6.

 

 

zula patrolZula Patrol:  Down to Earth   While on a routine fossil-hunting expedition, the Zula Patrol turns up evidence that the villainous Deliria Delight has been traveling back in time to Earth’s prehistoric past to illegally dump her company’s toxic trash. The Zula Patrollers must find and catch her, before her actions cause catastrophic consequences. In the process, our heroes learn about the formation and development of Earth and the life forms who call it home.

Run Time:   25 minutes               Recommended for ages 4 – 8      TEACHERLINK

 

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