Last week, I attended a “double feature” at the Milwaukee Public Museum’s IMAX theater. The main movie was Tornado Alley (in addition to astronomy, I find weather fascinating), but the opening film was a planetarium show called Earth, Moon, and Sun. The film discussed concepts about these familiar objects, but in a creative and funny way. After viewing the movie, planetarium guests left with an understanding of solar and lunar eclipses, in addition to how the Moon and Earth move through space.
This event reaffirmed to me how great planetarium shows are for getting the public interested in astronomy. Imagine following the film with stargazing and telescope viewing, too; this would be a great way to engage the public. How many of you already participate in events like this or found your own inspiration at a planetarium show? Do you wish there were more of these events in your area? Share your comments below!
When I was a kid there was the Buhl Planetarium in Pittsburgh, PA; I practically lived there. They had really neat stuff that I loved. A set of scales that would tell you how much you would weigh on other planets, a Foucault pendulum, and the coolest sky shows. My interest in astronomy was born and nurtured there. When I look through my telescope today, I still feel like that little boy at the planetarium.
I just yesterday I introduce myself and and some of the new things I have found. to help me so far was this mags Star dome and a great book I use it's the Audubon Field guide to the stars. and with google sky also a great help. in the field guide the photos help with what you might really see other than the Photoshoped image.