GLPA Conference Proceedings: 1992

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Title Author Year Abstract
The Portrayal of Astronomy in Comic Strips Allen, Robert 1992 Abstract: The subject of astronomy appears sporadically in comic strips. Sometimes it is represented realistically, but sometimes it is not. We have found that slides of single or multiple panel comic strips can be occasionally used in programs successfully. Examples of comic strips treating astronomical subjects will be shown.
Results from the Magellan Mission to Venus Arvidson, Dr. Raymond 1992 Abstract: Magellan images of Venus are constructed from radar reflectivity and require careful processing. Craters are randomly distributed and suggest that volcanic and tectonic activity ceased half a billion years ago. Volcanic features are diverse and abundant. Iron pyrite may be formed at high elevations by surface-atmosphere reactions. Plate tectonics are prohibited by the lack of water due to the high temperature.On Mars, both permanent ice caps contain water ice and exhibit layering suggestive of Milankovich ice ages. Ancient channels evidence an early warm climate due to a CO2 greenhouse, which may possibly have been ended by the formation of limestone, removing CO2 from the atmosphere. Mars Observer is en route and working well.
Teaching Astronomy with a Telescope Simulator Bass, Jeffery 1992 Abstract: During the summer of 1992, Cranbrook hosted a federally-funded science and math program for 40 high school students. Five students performed a six-week research project using the TS-24 observatory simulator, made by Santa Barbara Instrument Group. The use and effectiveness of this new software will be discussed.
The Mickey Mouse Skycalendar Batch, Dr. David 1992 Abstract: The EPCOT SkyCalendar is viewed as an example of what can be done with desktop publishing. Decisions that go into designing a star map and astronomical calendar for use by the general public are discussed.
North American Indian Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy: A Summary and Conclusions Bishop, Dr. Jeanne E. 1992 Abstract: In the summer of 1992 I was fortunate to have a SCI-MAT grant from the Council for Basic Education to study Indian archeoastronomy and ethnoastronomy. After extensive reading, some travel to significant locations across the U.S., and discussion with knowledgeable people, I have integrated my learning.
New Designs in Digital Audio for the Dome Bowen, Jeffery H. 1992 Abstract: Digital audio for the dome and planetarium production studio is no longer unrealistic. New hardware is here that allows soundtrack assembly and playback to be digitally clean - and more affordable than you might think!
Real Science for Real Kids Buetter, Chuck 1992 Abstract: Science comes alive for high school students in a hands-on, minds-on program at Adler Planetarium. Students use observatory equipment to conduct research on variable stars.
3-D ... (Or Not 2D) Ciupik, Larry A. 1992 Abstract: This paper is about the advantages and disadvantages of 3D projection compared with 2D, and the use of 3D shows at the Adler Planetarium starting in May, 1992.
Space and Education: Planetariums Remain a Key Link Cysz, Paul A. 1992 Abstract: The future of the world's space activities depends on our ability to communicate to students the potential that space offers. American space education should look to other nations for models of rigorous science education. Planetariums have the resources to convey the scientific nature of space and its potential for improving life on Earth.
Lighting Up the Night for the Visually Impaired Dunn, Jack A. 1992 Abstract: Mueller Planetarium has been working with the visually impaired after the discovery was made that they could perceive laser light. A Project has begun with the cooperation of the International Laser Display Association and the National RP Foundation Fight Blindness. Goals and history of the project will be outlined.
Using the TS-24 Telescope Simulator in a High School Astronomy Course Francetic, Daniel R. 1992 Abstract: Imagine teaching your high school astronomy classes and having access to an observatory with a 24" research grade telescope. This is what is provided to you in SBIG's TS-24 software program. Imagine the challenge and excitement as your students search the sky by working through a series of instrumentation experiments gathering data to learn about stars.
The Sky Has Split Apart: The Cosmic Mystery of the Century Gallant, Dr. Roy 1992 Abstract: What was "The Tunguska Event" of 1908? International teams of scientists are still trying to find out. The author of this paper relates his experiences as a member of the 1992 Tunguska Expedition, sponsored by the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The UWFox Planetarium's Space Academy Gianopoulos, Andrea 1992 Abstract: With shrinking budgets, planetariums must generate new sources of income. A summer space day camp will not only help to generate funds, but will also augment the science curriculum taught in local schools.
Scientific Method for First Graders Goins, Dan 1992 Abstract: A way to show youngsters how a scientist thinks. Using an easily-visualized story, we see how observations turn into identification.
Those Fabulous Planetarium Decades Hager, Charles F. 1992 Abstract: The development of the planetarium is traced from the 1920's through the 1960's. Early lecture programs have been replaced by more theatrical shows. Presentations must be scientifically accurate and include reasoning as well as fact.
Using the Design Process to Build a Planetarium Show Hunt, J & Ciupik, L 1992 Abstract: Effective planetarium shows can be developed with systematic design models. The models involve front-end assessment and formative evaluation.
Promotional Materials for the Small Planetarium Hunt, Jeffery L. 1992 Abstract: A free-wheeling discussion of perceptions, successes and failures in promoting the planetarium in such venues as large and small museums, as well as schools.
Visual Design in the Planetarium Hunt, Jeffery L. 1992 Abstract: What constitutes good visual design in the planetarium? An emerging field of study called visual literacy may offer some insights for planetarians to consider. The presenter will summarize some of the studies in visual literacy that may enhance the planetarium experience.
$1000 Budget? No Problem. Do a Light Show Hurd, David 1992 Abstract: Most small planetariums cannot afford commercial laser light shows. They can, however, capitalize on laser technology to put together an informative, fun show for under $1,000. In this paper, I will provide small planetariums with a blue-print for implementing small-scale laser shows.
Paper Plate Astronomy James, J. Wayne 1992 Abstract: (See abstract for previous entry.)
Astronomy Update 1992 Kaler, Dr. James B. 1992 Abstract: Astronomical research during 1992 is reviewed, with the frequent theme "now you see it, now you don't". Solar system topics include Magellan mapping of Venus, meteorites from Mars, past water on Mars and ice caps on Mercury, the photo of Gaspara, and the discovery of 1992 QB1 at 50 A.U. from the sun. Stellar topics include the solar neutrino problem, ultraviolet observations of the EUVE satellite, binary star phenomena, and searches for extra-solar planets. Other topics include the M87 counter-jet, gamma ray bursts, and the Hubble constant.
The Soviet N1 Moon Rocket Landis, Rob R. 1992 Abstract: During the 1960s the United States and the Soviet Union were in a race to be the first to put a man on the Moon. Over the past 20 years several rumors have appeared about the hardware used in the Soviet attempt. Recently, the former Soviet Union has revealed details of its massive N1 booster which was designed to send cosmonauts to the Moon ahead of U.S. astronauts. Even after the Apollo lunar program concluded, the USSR considered sending cosmonauts to the Moon as late as 1978-1980 for long-duration stays of 14 days to one month, culminating in a lunar outpost.
Teaching and Learning in Japan Linton, Dave 1992 Abstract: The presenter's experiences earlier this year in teaching college-level astronomy in Japan will be discussed. Also covered are his visits to Japanese planetariums and science centers (two of which were used in his teaching) and the site of the 1996 IPS conference - the Osaka Museum.
A Planetarium Production Camp for Kids Luman, Mitch 1992 Abstract: This past summer, 40 students took part in a Science and Technology Camp which included two days of planetarium production. After receiving instruction in production techniques, teams of students aged 11-14 produced and presented two short shows as part of the camp curriculum.
A Participatory Solar System Neff, Georgia 1992 Abstract: A means of making a solar system show participatory, especially for grades 3-5. Designed for the Starlab, this works as a small planetarium or even classroom activity.
The SBIG ST-4 CCD Camera & Other Video Experiences Orloff, Wes 1992 Abstract: A variety of CCD video cameras have been attached to some of our Cleveland-area telescopes. This presentation will summarize the results of using the SBIG ST-4 and other cameras with 8" and 10" 'scopes. Additional benefits of photometric software will be demonstrated.
A Strategy for Improving Student Behavior and Achievement Pike, James T. 1992 Abstract: Success in the classroom requires using different methods of instruction and approaches of maintaining discipline. Responsibility Training provides the instructor with proven techniques and skills to create an environment where students can learn to change inappropriate behaviors in a non-confrontational manner. This paper will present the basic elements of Responsibility Training and where to find more information about it.
Radarsat Update Rump, Kurt 1992 Abstract: A description of the latest progress on the Canadian Space Agency Radarsat satellite program, for which Ball Space Systems is constructing the Radarsat bus module.
The Peoria Area Solar System Project Schafer, Sheldon 1992 Abstract: This paper will discuss the elements of Peoria's solar system project and how they were integrated into a community event. These elements included an interactive "Planet Quest," NASA exhibits and speakers, and the Community Solar System Model (which was recently accepted into the Guiness Book of Records).
The Clown in the Planetarium Tomlinson, Gary 1992 Abstract: Using a local celebrity to narrate a show for young people (especially is the local celebrity is a kids' celebrity) can bring a lot of attention to your planetarium. This talk describes such a show produced at the Chaffee Planetarium.
The Frugal Telescope Maker: Telescope Making for Those Short on Money and Mechanical Aptitude Tyler, Rico 1992 Abstract: Information will be given on how to assemble a telescope using PVC pipe and a pickle bucket.
Baldur at Yerkes: The 1992 Summer CARA Institute Whitt, April 1992 Abstract: Thirty-two inner city high school students worked with staff from the Adler Planetarium and the Center for Astrophysical Research in Antarctica on a variety of solar observations this summer.
Columbus Was No Astronomer Young, Warren 1992 Abstract: Columbus made several attempts to measure his latitude using a quadrant. His early measurements were off by a factor of two, but on the fourth voyage he finally figured out how to use the quadrant and got an accurate measurement. He attempted to determine his longitude during lunar eclipses on his second and fourth voyages. He was off by a large amount both times.