Thursday, June 21, 2007
Star studded event
Kids at a summer school program for gifted students had a real treat in one of their classes. As part of their writing and astronomy studies they got to read stories about the constellation inside the school district’s Star Lab.
Imagine a giant, inflatable beach ball, one big enough for you to walk inside. Now add a projector, some star maps and you have a portable planetarium. I was at San Joaquin Delta College in my Astronomy class before I had a chance to peer inside a planetarium. A nice time exposure let me record the projected images of the stars and their mythological representations in the near pitch dark of the Star Lab.