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Classic STARLAB consists of an inflatable room which can hold about 30 children or 25 adults. Inside is a novel projector, which can show the night sky with very realistic stars, planets and the moon. By changing the projection cylinder, the projector can also produce constellation outlines, a globe of the Earth or a diagram of a human cell. For astronomy, the changing motions of the sun, moon, planets and stars can be shown with a whole year condensed into a few minutes.

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The Digital STARLAB portable planetarium projects high-resolution images of celestial bodies of the night (and daytime) sky. The Digital STARLAB consists of an inflatable dome that can hold about 30 children or 25 adults. Inside is a digital projector (with speakers) that can display celestial images and even movies onto the dome. This STARLAB is powered by Starry Night software that is run on a MacBook Pro computer that comes with the STARLAB. The seasons, the solar system (including the sun, planets, moon, constellations, etc.), as well as numerous other celestial bodies can be observed. There are mythology, weather and biological cell cylinders included with the software, as well.

 ■  Digital STARLAB User Manual (PDF)
 ■  Digital STARLAB Teachers Guide (PDF)

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Classic STARLAB Accessories


You must receive training to reserve the Classic or Digital STARLAB. Contact one of the science consultants listed below.

Digital STARLAB Training
June 20, 2018
Pella Middle School Learning Center
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Set Up & Tear Down Instructions

Links of Interest

Find links to STARLAB activities and other astronomy links of interest recommended by the Heartland AEA science consultants.

For more information or questions, contact:

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Peg Christensen
Science Curriculum Consultant
(800) 255-0405 ext. 14553

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Craig Edmondson
Science Curriculum Consultant
(800) 255-0405 ext. 12363

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