The Starlab is a portable planetarium offering a highly realistic view of the night sky in an indoor environment.  It is the property of the Museums and the program is offered through and by them. I used to be the person bringing the Starlab around the state, treating people to an immersive view of the stars. With my recent transition to a full-time curator role, I have turned over Starlab to one of our capable planetarium presenters – although I am available for encore appearances!

It is possible to book both the Starlab and one of my private programs on the same day.  In this case I would waive my minimum charge and travel fee. My programs would be $40 each in this case.  You would have to pay me and the Museum separately.

Following are Massachusetts Science Curriculum topics that are addressed in this program:

Earth and Space Science
Periodic Phenomena
5. Identify some events around us that have repeating patterns, including the seasons of the year, day and night.

Earth and Space Science
Earth in the Solar System
13 Recognize that the earth is part of a system called the “solar system” that includes the sun (a star), planets, and many moons. The earth is the third planet from the sun in our solar system.

14 Earth orbits the sun in a year’s time and rotates on its axis in approximately 24 hours. The rotation of the earth, day/night, and apparent movements of the sun, moon, and stars are connected.

15 Describe the changes that occur in the observable shape of the moon over the course of a month.

Earth and Space Science
Energy in the Earth System
1.5 The revolution of Earth around the Sun and the inclination of Earth on its axis cause Earth’s seasonal variations.

If you have questions about Starlab space requirements or program content, you can contact me using the form or call 413-267-4757.  Official booking must be done through Richard Sanderson at the Springfield Science Museum.

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