Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Planetarium

We have been learning about space in our science times, so a field trip to the University of North Texas' Sky Theater Planetarium was in order! 

I was so impressed with the planetarium at UNT! It was very affordable, educational and entertaining! The show started with a 20 minute movie about Space and Time which included an explanation of the seasons and the phases of the moon. Next, the presenter brought up an image of what the night sky would look like that night if the sky was clear and there was no light pollution. He showed us many constellations and planet and how to find them in the night sky. The last thing we got to see was a "roller coaster" type animation.The kids had such a great time and are already talking about going back!

Here they are posing with one of the many statues in front of the science building:

At the end of the show, the presenter let all of the kids touch and (if they were strong enough) hold a real meteorite that hit Odessa, TX about 100 years ago. I was surprised at how HEAVY the meteorite was. It was especially neat because this was just days after the meteorite hit Russia. 

We will definitely be making more trips to the Sky Theater in the future!

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