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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 Training
This workshop addresses the care and use of the Classic STARLAB portable planetarium. The Classic STARLAB is the “traditional” STARLAB that uses various cylinders to project celestial bodies, etc. onto the planetarium dome. Participants will learn how to set up and take down the STARLAB, as well as learn the basic functions of the variety of cylinders available with the Classic STARLAB.

Jan. 15, 2019
8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Oakwood Road Community Center, Ames
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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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