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The Summer Planetarium Program
The planetarium is spacesim's primary educational program.
Our Starlab inflatable planetarium allows us to show stars and constellations as they are seen in Ottawa or anywhere else in the northern hemisphere.
Spacesim conducts planetarium visits to elementary schools and high schools across the Ottawa-Carleton District. The dome can be set up in any large room (gymnasium, auditorium stage, or classroom) that has about 7 metres square of floor space and 3 metres of clearance from the ceiling. The dome can accomodate a full class of elementary or high school students. Reservations for half or full days are available. As many classes will be accomodated within these time frames as permitted by the length of the presentations.
Presentations are conducted by trained student spacesim members.
The cost for a presentation is $125 for a half day and $200 for a full day.
Cheques can be made out to "Lisgar Collegiate Institute" memo:spacesim
Reservations can be made by contacting Jim Magwood on BEAM or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sessions are 20 to 30 minutes in length, depending on the grade level, preceeded by a short introduction.
Students will be shown how to find and identify approximately a dozen constellations in the sky as they would be seen in the evening of the date of the presentation, both with the constellation outlines displayed and with an image of the night sky as it would be seen in a rural setting. Students will be given given practice in these skills through the use of a light pointer. The presentations are enriched, depending on the grade level, with stories behind the names of the constellations, demonstrations of the effects of light pollution or of the effect of the rotation of the earth.
Grade 9 Presentations
Sessions are 45 minutes in length. Students will be shown how to find and identify 15 to 20 different constellations and up to 10 different stars as they would be seen in the evening of the date of the presentation. Students will be given several opportunities to practice these skills with a light pointer both with the constellation outlines displayed and with an image of the night sky as it would be seen in a rural setting. Demonstrations also will be given of the following:
- the effects of the rotation of the earth and its orbit around the sun
- how one's location on the earth effects what one sees in the sky
- how different objects move across the sky relative to each other
- the relationship between star colour and temperature
- the relationship between star brightness and distance
- the relationship between distance and time
- how our solarsystem is oriented relative to the Milky Way
For more information on this service and how to reserve a presentation,
please contact Jim Magwood on BEAM or email@example.com