Stairway to the Stars

Trip Start Mar 07, 1997
Trip End Dec 25, 1998

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Friday, March 13, 1998

Go with me? We're sitting inside a balloon in Hixson tonight. But we'll be transported to a galaxy far, far away. Starlab, the portable planetarium that takes the stars into the schools, is also open to the public. And tonight's program brings winter into spring, with a few myths for good measure.

Ray Zimmerman begins by showing us the constellations as they really appear in the winter sky. Then a switch to a different projector allows him to "connect the dots" as an aid to the imagination. (That's in case you've never been able to pick out Orion's belt!)

Next Ray shows us how the sky will look in the spring months and, weather permitting, we'll go outside for a mid-March look through the Celestar 8. We should spot the double star in the handle of the Big Dipper, and the rings of Saturn.

Starlab is one heck of a package - it offers astronomy, cultural, life science, and earth science programs appropriate to a wide age range. Interested in the weather patterns of the globe or the volcanic ring of fire that circles the Pacific? Want to find out how Coyote misplaced the stars or why Orion was sent to the sky with his hounds? Is that the Big Dipper, or an elephant? The lessons are in The Changing Earth, Classic Constellations, Stars Over Africa, and more.

This little portable inflatable just arrived in January and already it's traveled to quite a few schools. Teachers, call for a booking for your class. It seats 30 at a time, and they even bring their own extension cords!

And keep track of other public programs offered at Starlab during the year. On schedule already are Star Myths of the World and Shapes in the Sky. See you there.

Greenway Farm, Hixson, Tennessee
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