The Fulldome Curriculum for the Spitz SciDome Digital Planetarium: A new Age for Planetarium Education

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/11290/608123
Title:
The Fulldome Curriculum for the Spitz SciDome Digital Planetarium: A new Age for Planetarium Education
Authors:
Bradstreet, David H.; Huggins, S. L.
Abstract:
Astronomy education received a huge boost from the Space Program in the 1960's and the early 1970's as evidenced by a large increase in school planetariums built nationwide at the time. But with the waning of manned explorations so also went the push for astronomy in the schools, as many school planetariums are underutilized or not used at all. This poster will discuss and illustrate some of the new Fulldome Curriculum that has been developed specifically for the Spitz SciDome digital planetarium powered by Starry Night. It is now possible to teach astronomical concepts in a new and exciting ways and present topics that were extremely difficult to convey to lay audiences in the past. One of the strongest advantages of the SciDome is that, since it only uses Starry Night as its astronomical engine, students can create their own astronomical configurations in the computer lab or at home using the PC or Mac version and then simply load them onto the SciDome planetarium system and display them for the class of the dome. Additionally, the instructor can create artificial bodies to pose "What if" scenarios, for example, "What would the Moon look like if it didn't rotate synchronously?", or "What would the analemma look like if the Earth's orbit were circular and not an ellipse?" Topics covered in the series include the Moon, Seasons, Coordinate Systems, Roemer's Method of Measuring the Speed of Light, Analemmas in the Solar System, Precession, Mimas and the Cassini Division, Halley's Comet in 1910, Dog Days, Galatic Distributions of Celestial Bodies, Retrograde Paths of Mars, Mercury's Orbit and the Length of the Mercurian Day, Altitude of the North Celestial Pole, Why Polaris Appears Mostly Stationary, Circumpolar Constellations, Planet Definition, Scale of the Solar System, Stonehenge, The changing Aspect of Saturn's Appearance and Scorpio's Claws.
Affiliation:
Eastern University (PA); Spitz, Inc.
Journal:
American Astronomical Society - Bulletin
Issue Date:
1-Jan-2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/11290/608123
Submitted date:
2016-03-11
Document Source:
Grey Literature
Language:
English Abstract Only
Type Of Resource:
Resource Guide/Bibliography
Research Setting:
Planetarium
Nation:
USA
Appears in Collections:
Astronomy Education Research

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dc.contributor.authorBradstreet, David H.en
dc.contributor.authorHuggins, S. L.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-04T09:04:26Zen
dc.date.available2016-05-04T09:04:26Zen
dc.date.issued2010-01-01en
dc.date.submitted2016-03-11en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11290/608123en
dc.description.abstractAstronomy education received a huge boost from the Space Program in the 1960's and the early 1970's as evidenced by a large increase in school planetariums built nationwide at the time. But with the waning of manned explorations so also went the push for astronomy in the schools, as many school planetariums are underutilized or not used at all. This poster will discuss and illustrate some of the new Fulldome Curriculum that has been developed specifically for the Spitz SciDome digital planetarium powered by Starry Night. It is now possible to teach astronomical concepts in a new and exciting ways and present topics that were extremely difficult to convey to lay audiences in the past. One of the strongest advantages of the SciDome is that, since it only uses Starry Night as its astronomical engine, students can create their own astronomical configurations in the computer lab or at home using the PC or Mac version and then simply load them onto the SciDome planetarium system and display them for the class of the dome. Additionally, the instructor can create artificial bodies to pose "What if" scenarios, for example, "What would the Moon look like if it didn't rotate synchronously?", or "What would the analemma look like if the Earth's orbit were circular and not an ellipse?" Topics covered in the series include the Moon, Seasons, Coordinate Systems, Roemer's Method of Measuring the Speed of Light, Analemmas in the Solar System, Precession, Mimas and the Cassini Division, Halley's Comet in 1910, Dog Days, Galatic Distributions of Celestial Bodies, Retrograde Paths of Mars, Mercury's Orbit and the Length of the Mercurian Day, Altitude of the North Celestial Pole, Why Polaris Appears Mostly Stationary, Circumpolar Constellations, Planet Definition, Scale of the Solar System, Stonehenge, The changing Aspect of Saturn's Appearance and Scorpio's Claws.en
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dc.language.isoEnglish Abstract Onlyen
dc.titleThe Fulldome Curriculum for the Spitz SciDome Digital Planetarium: A new Age for Planetarium Educationen
dc.typeGrey Literatureen
dc.contributor.departmentEastern University (PA)en
dc.contributor.departmentSpitz, Inc.en
dc.identifier.journalAmerican Astronomical Society - Bulletinen
dc.type.resourceResource Guide/Bibliographyen
dc.istar.nationUSAen
dc.istar.researchsettingPlanetariumen
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