Gemini Portable Planetarium
PUEO and Gemini’s StarLab
The first of sevearal events with Gemini took place last week when Alexis Ann Acohido and Janice Harvey from the Gemini Telescope came to the RISE building in Keaukaha and they brought the entire universe along with them for show and tell. Using a unique inflatable planetarium they quickly inflated their portable universe.
Once it is fully inflated the inside becomes a giant projection screen where the planetarium show takes place. Gemini has a wide range of material for all different ages ranging from 8 to 18 years old. Some of what they cover includes:
- The planets in the Solar System and our place in the universe
- Patterns of daily celestial motions and orbiting bodies
- The sequence of Moon phases and the apparent changes in the Sunʻs path through the seasons
- The lives of stars and the history of constellations in the context of world culture
- Astronomy and its importance to Hawaiians for navigation across the Pacific
Follow this link to learn more about their program.
The best thing about this is you can learn how to operate this planetarium and borrow it, for free along with free training, and put on your own shows for kids and have a star party. The material is easy to use and covers a wide range of subjects. They all had a great time!