Posted by: houwr | 06/05/2012

Planetarium, Shmanetarium: What is it Anyway?

When we were planning our summer Vacation Reading Program this year, the library was abuzz about partnering with the WRAFB Museum of Aviation to book their mobile planetarium as part of our programming.  While I too was excited about this prospect, I have to admit – I didn’t know what this was.  Obviously, the word implies something about the planets; but having never seen one myself, I couldn’t quite picture it and wasn’t able to fully partake in the library excitement over this novelty.  Due to my lack of background on the subject, I decided to turn to one of my most faithful sources of information: The Encyclopedia Britannica Online. 

According to this entry, a planetarium is basically a theatre devoted to the education and entertainment of astronomy and the night sky.  A dominant feature of most planetariums is the large dome-shaped projection screen onto which scenes of stars, planets and other celestial objects appear and move realistically to simulate the motions of the heavens. Since skylabs operate from a digital projection system, it is simple to update – therefore, you can rest assured that you will be viewing the most current night sky! While many projection theatres can be up to 80 feet high, we will be hosting the smaller, more manageable type of  mobile planetarium that will accommodate small groups. This is a really good way for even the most reluctant learner to find excitement in science and what’s happening in outer space!

Now that I have this information, I can participate in the excitement that we have successfully booked the Skylab planetarium for programs at both the Nola Brantley Memorial library and the Centerville Public Library! And I’m pretty sure my inner child will emerge when it gets here – I truly cannot wait to experience it for myself!!

The schedule for the planetarium is as follows:

The Nola Brantley Memorial Library
Wednesday, June 6
11 AM-12 noon, 2-6 PM

Centerville Public Library
Tuesday, June 19
12 noon-7 PM

The program is appropriate for all ages, so bring the whole family!

For sign up information, contact us the Nola Brantley Memorial Library at 478-923-0128 or the Centerville Public Library at 478-953-4500

*Special thanks to the following sponsors: Robins Federal Credit Union and State Bank & Trust Company.

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