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UAA Planetarium Show
March 1 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm$22.00
Visit UAA’s Planetarium with MSCS!
Watch the amazing show, Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity followed by a live presentation of Stars of the Alaskan Sky by planetarium director, Omega Smith.
Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity: This full dome show from Thomas Lucas Productions was developed in collaboration with Denver Museum of Nature & Science, NOVA and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Narrated by Academy-Award nominated actor Liam Neeson, this cutting-edge production features high-resolution visualizations to bring the current science of black holes onto the dome.Audiences will be dazzled with striking, immersive animations of the formation of the early universe, star birth and death, the collision of giant galaxies, and a simulated flight into the super-massive black hole lurking at the center of our galaxy.
Stars of the Alaskan Sky: Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered what you were seeing? What is that bright object on the horizon? And where is the Big Dipper? In a special all-live presentation, we’ll take you on a tour of the night sky and show you what you can see during our fall nights. You’ll learn about what constellations are visible, how to look for the moon, and what planets you can see. And best of all, it will be a balmy 68 degrees inside the planetarium!
Big Dipper Star Clock: In this activity, students will build a star wheel that will allow them to tell the time based on the position of the Big Dipper, Polaris and Cassiopeia in the night sky. After a discussion about the history of celestial navigation, the instructor will bring the focus to how Native Alaskans used the stars to tell time when the sun was below the horizon in the winter. Similar to a conventional star wheel in design, however the star clock is mainly used to tell the time based on the position the Big Dipper or Cassiopeia relative to Polaris. There is a brief discussion on what causes the stars to change throughout the seasons, how they move throughout the night, and how to use them to determine your location on Earth. The students will be able to take their star clocks with them after this activity.
- Date: Friday, March 1st
- Itinerary: Check in at MSCS at 10:30 am and board the school bus at 10:40 am. the UAA program will run from 12:00 – 1:30. We will arrive back at MSCS between 2:30 – 2:45 PM.
- This field trip is recommended for grades 4 – 12
- Cost: $22 per student (this price will be automatically deducted from the students allotment).
- Adults are welcome to attend. Adults/ teachers attend for FREE.
- Special Instructions: Please pack a sack lunch to enjoy on the bus.
Families have the option of meeting us there.