GLPA Conference Proceedings: 2000

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Title Author Year Abstract
BOY SCOUT ASTRONOMY Susan C. Batson 2000 Abstract: Wouldn't it be great to fill up your dome with interested and enthusiastic young men in pursuit of astronomy? This paper will define the various groups of Scouts you will encounter and tell you how the Scouts are organized. It will clearly explain the objectives and give you the actual merit badge requirements.
NASA SPACE SCIENCE INTERNET RESOURCES FOR PLANETARIUMS Bernhard Beck-Winchatz 2000 Abstract: The NASA Space Science Booth in CyberSpace highlighted two new internet resources for the planetarium community: The Space Science Education Resource Directory and Informal Space Science Access. GLPA members had the opportunity to explore these resources and provide feedback to the developers.
ACCURACY IN THE PLANETARIUM, REVISITED Jeanne E. Bishop 2000 Abstract: Some years ago I presented a paper at an IPS meeting concerning accuracy of information given and techniques used in the planetarium. Since astronomical information and technological possibilities have evolved, and because I feel that this is a critical concern for planetariums, in this paper I revisit the issue. Misconceptions can either start or be reinforced by what we do, and I point out other reasons that accuracy is important. Some specific topics are: Internet source updates for book and journal information, false color image presentation, magnification of naked-eye objects, direction of visual effect, speed of visual effect, sounds in space, and perceptual psychological effects.
PLANETARIUM LEARNING AND TEACHING (PLATO) GRANTS Chuck Bueter, Dr. Bernhard Beck-Winchatz 2000 Abstract: NASA Office of Space Science will fund at least fifteen awards of up to one thousand dollars each for planetarium-based projects that enhance the public's appreciation and understanding of astronomy. Proposals submitted for Planetarium Learning And Teaching Opportunity (PLATO) grants, which are being offered only to GLPA members and persons affiliated with GLPA member institutions, must be postmarked by February 16, 2001.
VIDEO EXCERPTS OF THE PLATISPHERE Chuck Bueter 2000 Abstract: A demo videotape that is in production shows excerpts of the construction and use of a paper Platisphere. Variations of the device, which shows the circumpolar stars visible at any given time or date, include a children's version, a tactile version, and an astrophotography version. GLPA members are asked to evaluate the sample footage shown at the conference.
USING THE INQUIRY METHOD IN THE PORTABLE PLANETARIUM Susan Reynolds Button 2000 Abstract: As students make observations in the planetarium, how can we help them to develop questions about what they experience and then form and state a hypothesis that can be tested? This workshop is designed to explore this approach and activities that can then be used to test student hypotheses. We will also discuss methods for analyzing the data, which support or do not support predictions, and how the data can be used to promote higher level thinking.
COMBINE YOUR TALENTS-WRITE A PROGRAM WITH A FRIEND David DeRemer, Robert Allen 2000 Abstract: Producing a planetarium program with a friend can be a fun and rewarding experience. Using the recently produced program Journey to the Stars, Dave DeRemer and Bob Allen step through the process of researching, writing, taping and preparing the visuals for a home-produced planetarium show.
ZUBENELGENUBI AND THE MAGIC SKY David DeRemer, Bob Bonadurer 2000 Abstract: This program is produced by and for the members of the Great Lakes Planetarium Association. The program is intended for children of kindergarten to first grade level ability. In this participatory program, characters come alive as the daytime and nighttime sky are explored. Concepts are basic. For this age level, one of our goals is to create a positive impression about the wonders of space.
THE TELEUTSKOYE LAKE (SIBERIA) METEORITE SHOWER OF 1904 Roy A. Gallant 2000 Abstract: In May 1904 a large stony-iron meteoroid streaked down out of the sky near Teleutskoye Lake in the Altai region of southern Siberia not far from the border with Mongolia. With a brightness near that of the full moon high in the sky, the object thundered through the air and fragmented above the ground. To date only about a dozen very small fragments have been recovered. The mystery is where is the main mass of the meteorite, or are the small fragments all that exists? On my expedition in July 2000, we recovered two more fragments, but what may turn out to be the major find was an interview the author had with the granddaughter of an eyewitness who claimed that the morning after the meteorite struck, there appeared a small lake where none had been previously. That site may be investigated next summer by my colleague John Anfinogenov who guided me to the Teleutskoye Lake fall site.
COSMOLOGY 2000: THE DARK SIDE OF THE UNVERSE Dr. Evalyn Gates 2000 Abstract: Cosmology is a field that is advancing at an accelerated pace-much like the Universe around us. What is our current model of the Universe and its evolution? What recent observations and ideas have had a dramatic impact on this model? And where do we go from here?
SUNSPOTS AREN'T DARK Dan Goins 2000 Abstract: A simple demonstration to show that sunspots are really giving off light and are not actually black.
DESIGNING A PLANETARIUM FOR THE 21ST CENTURY Philip Groce 2000 Abstract: This paper list recent trends in planetarium designs and examines some design characteristics of successful planetariums. The paper reaches back to a 1939 critical review of the New York Hayden Planetarium. These words from more than 60 years ago speak to the planetarium of the future. Hopefully, this paper will be useful to every planetarian planning a new planetarium for the next millennium.
TACTILES IN THE PLANETARIUM: A SIGHT TO BEHOLD Dr. David W. Hurd, Aaron Czarnecki, John Matelock 2000 Abstract: Planetariums often have participants with disabilities. These disabilities may be related to hearing, seeing, or a host of many other physical disabilities. In any case, these physical disabilities may hinder their ability to enjoy the planetarium sky. This paper will highlight a poster session given at the annual conference of the Great Lakes Planetarium Association. It suggests some options that planetariums can use to give participants with visual impairments reasonable accommodation.
COMA BERENICES AND THE FOURTH NORTH Wayne James 2000 Abstract: A springtime story for STARLAB combining Leo with the Galactic North Pole.
SIX YEARS OF PLANETARIUM WORKSHOPS Ronald Kaitchuck 2000 Abstract: This last summer marked the sixth year of summer Planetarium Operation workshops at Ball State University. People have attended from all over the United States and from as far as Portugal. This talk will cover the history of the workshops, their content and the background of the attendees. The future direction of these workshops will also be discussed.
ASTRONOMY UPDATE 2000 Dr. James B. Kaler 2000 Abstract: The year ranged from wonderful views of the sky-a lunar eclipse, a planetary gathering, a nova-to the discovery that the Universe may be flat after all. In between, we saw new discoveries about how the Sun heats its corona, looked close-up at an asteroid, admired new planets orbiting other stars, delved further into gamma ray bursts, and sometimes seemed to know less rather than more.
A VISIT TO RUSSIAN PLANETARIA Shawn Laatsch 2000 Abstract: In December of 1999 I was contacted by the ARGO School of Astronomy in Moscow and asked to give a talk to students in the 12-16 age group. While touring Russia I visited several planetariums including: the Moscow Planetarium, the Cultural Centre of the Armed Forces Planetarium, the Star City Planetarium, the St. Petersburg Planetarium, the Yaroslavl Planetarium, and the Kostroma Planetarium. At each facility I met with the directors to find out the general state of Russian planetaria and astronomy education in the Russian Federation. The paper will present a clear view of what is happening with Russian Planetariums and astronomy education in Russia. It will look at ways to increase western knowledge of the Russian space program and Russian astronomy.
STARS & GUITARS, REVISITED: STAERKEL GOES ELECTRIC David C. Leake 2000 Abstract: The Staerkel Planetarium has a history of performing laser-less light shows to attract the large local college population. In the spring & fall of 1999, we welcomed our first live, four piece electric band to the dome. This talk will relate the up and the down of this experience, the promotions surrounding the event, as well as future plans for other similar events.
FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION: ASTRONOMICAL MENTORS I HAVE KNOWN David H. Levy 2000 Abstract: It is important that young people and anyone going into astronomy have mentors that they can look up to and rely on. As planetarians, we are often called upon to fulfill that role. This talk looks at a few of the mentors that I have known, including Clyde Tombaugh, Gene Shoemaker, and Bart Bok, plus others I have known only through history.
SEEING THE ELEPHANT: PLANETARIANS AT THE MILLENNIUM; 2000 ARMAND N. SPITZ LECTURE James G. Manning 2000 Abstract: The true new millennium (as opposed to the faux millennium celebrated last year) provides one of those calendric milestones ripe for reflection about where we've been, where we are, where we're going-and what's really important in our professional lives. The speaker will offer a few musings about same based on his one-fortieth of a millennium in the business, with some encouragement for embarking on a new millennium of encouraging people to pay attention to the universe. What does it all have to do with elephants? Well, you'll just have to read the talk...
STUDENT SIGNATURES IN SPACE 2000 Peggy Motes 2000 Abstract: Learn how your students can participate in the Student Signatures in Space Project sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation. Each poster with student signatures is returned to the school along with a certificate suitable for framing signed by the Shuttle crew indicating that the signatures flew aboard the Space Shuttle. A photo of the astronaut crew is also included.
ASTRO-POETRY Danny Rosen 2000 Abstract: I am interested in compiling a collection of astronomy-related poems and perhaps updating an old GLPA Tips poetry collection. Anyone who would like to help with this project or if you have any favorite astro-poems please let me know. For this presentation I would like to read a couple of original poems.
OUTREACH THROUGH THE INTERNET Mary J. Schindewolf 2000 Abstract: Waubonsie Valley High School Planetarium has created a public website in order to increase community outreach and awareness. The web-site is divided up into several portions which include the sky this week and a quarterly newsletter called the Celestial Chronicle. Public programming information
PLANET RING TOSSA STUDENT-MADE, STUDENT-PLAYED ASTRONOMY ACTIVITY Sharon Shanks 2000 Abstract: With inexpensive materials and two class periods of great messy fun, build this simple and effective game for your students and/or hands-on activity events. For younger students, the activity helps teach about the planets and provides practice for hand-eye coordination and motor skills. For older students, the activity can culminate a unit on the planets or space. For any age, it's great fun (and harder than it looks).
PRINTERS AND SLIDE RECORDERS AND COSTS (OH MY!) Todd K. Slisher 2000 Abstract: What output device should you choose to reproduce those digital images you've downloaded or created in Photoshop? What's the most cost effective means to accomplish this output? What method produces the best quality? The answer certainly surprised me, and hopefully will help those thinking about the topic make an intelligent decision for their facility.
WHAT'S NEW AT IPS? Dale W. Smith 2000 Abstract: A description of current and forthcoming projects at IPS and information about the special conference Sri Lankan Skies and Sir Arthur: a 2001 Odyssey that will meet in Sri Lanka in March 2001.
EXPLORERS OF HAWAII Keith Turner 2000 Abstract: As part of a Lilly Endowment Grant, Ronald Kaitchuck and I traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii to research non-instrument navigation methods that ancient Polynesians used to navigate their sailing canoes across the Pacific Ocean.
MEASURE THE MOON: THE CARA TIME AND DISTANCE SUMMER INSTITUTE April Whitt 2000 Abstract: Space, the sage says, is nature's way of keeping everything from being in the same place. Chicago high school students were at one of their favorite places this summer, Yerkes Observatory, for the CARA summer institute. With a theme of time and distance students used a variety of tools and skills to measure the Moon, the Earth and the Galaxy. Here is an overview of the institute. There is also information about some good web sites for planetarium educators, and an invitation to join this year's Teacher Experiencing Antarctica, Karina Leppik.