GLPA Conference Proceedings: 1996

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Title Author Year Abstract
The Great Flood of 1996 Allen, Robert 1996 Abstract: An uncrimped or improperly crimped hose clamp on a newly installed eyewash machine on the 3rd floor caused major water damage to our main instrument, auxiliary projectors, and the control system. The A3P star projector has been refurbished and a new control system has been partially installed. By December we should have the rest of the control system working.
New Stars Over The Bay Beckstrom, Garry 1996 Abstract: The Dela College Planetarium and Learning Center is nearing completion in Bay City, Michigan. This new world-class facility, housed in a uniquely designed building, features Digistar II, SPICE Automation, all-skies, panoramas, animation, wide screen video, and a "blow-you-away" sound system. An interactive control system allows audience participation. Best of all is the dual "flying video"!
Revisiting Julius Staal's Work On Ancient Chinese Constellations Bishop, Jeanne 1996 Abstract: Some Chinese constellations probably were created as early as 15,000 BC. Using the Starlab Detailed Constellation Cylinder and the Four Beasts Cylinder, I will discuss the evolution of Chinese constellations and how they were used. This work is based on the books of the late planetarian/sinologist Julius Staal.
The 1996 Starlab Experience In Northern Italy Bishop, Jeanne 1996 Abstract: I have just returned from a wonderful professional experience, a trip to Northern Italy. I participated in an annual meeting of the Italian Planetarium Association held in Bologna. For a week I worked with Loris Ramponi in Brescia presenting Starlab programs to English-speaking high school students, to teachers, and to the public. I was fortunate to see the partial solar eclipse (50% coverage) of October 12, from the Serafini Zani Observatory in Lumezzane. I will discuss this experience with slides.
Paper Plate Planet Pointer Bueter, Chuck 1996 Abstract: In this activity, observers determine where and when to look for planets by converting celestial co-ordiantes or elongation tables in Sky & Telescope magazine into a paper plate model.
EYE ON THE EARTH AND SKY Byrd,Deborah 1996 Abstract: The author describes the experiences that led her to "discover" astronomy, encourages us to help young people discover astronomy by having them "do our jobs for us", cautions us to be aware that what we teach now as the facts might change, and closes with and evocative description of the night sky that is the heart of what she does.
The Hubble Space Telescope: Recent Results Cambell, P.G. 1996 Abstract: The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has both pushed the frontiers of astronomy and given us breathtaking images. Some of the most recent results have simultaneously answered our questions and posed new puzzles to solve. From "weather reports" on the planets in our own backyard, to the birth and death of stars in our own galaxy, to the farthest galaxies seen by any telescope, the HST continues to reveal the inner workings of the universe.
The Hubble Space Telescope: Second Servicing Mission Campbell, P.G. 1996 Abstract: While the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has allowed astronomers to add to our knowledge of the cosmos at an ever-quickening pace, this spacecraft is about to be upgraded with more modern and versatile instruments. Here we look ahead to the February 1997 servicing mission and the expanded capabilities of our orbiting observatory.
THE MYTHS ABOUT CONSTELLATION MYTHS Crossen, Craig 1996 Abstract: The constellation Scorpius provides a point of departure for a discussion of the problems about the history of the constellations, of star-names, and of astrology. The debt of Greece to Mesopotamia for the classical constellations is emphasized: in particular the "watery" character of the Greek southern civilization in the 4th millennium BC. The solar zodiac, however, must be credited to the Greeks-though all but one of the zodiacal constellations had Mesopotamian prototypes. Horoscope astrology was developed extremely late in antiquity, early Babylonian astrology purporting to predict the future not of individuals, but of the country as a whole.
A Solar System Adventure Tour-Mission Accomplished DeRemer, David 1996 Abstract: This paper highlights the making of our GLPA program A Solar System Adventure Tour. Tips on how to produce and present the program in your facility will be the focus of discussion.
SCRIPT WRITING DeRemer, David 1996 Abstract: A panel discussin on writing planetarium show scripts presented by Dave DeRemer, Bob Bonadurer, and Dale Smith.
Expedition To Siberia's Chinge Meteorite Shower Site Gallant, Roy 1996 Abstract: The Tannu-Oola mountains that separate Outer Mongolia from the Siberian Republic of Tuva are the site of a large meteorite shower that rained down on the area probably during the last glacial period. The author describes his expedition to the site in July 1996, sketches the history of the sight, and what has been learned about the shower to date.
Live From Mars Gebhart, Peggy 1996 Abstract: Students at the Muncie Community Schools Planetarium have taken electronic field trips LIVE to Antarctica, Live in the Stratosphere, and Live at the Hubble Space Telescope. This year, participants will be Live From Mars and Live From Antarctica 2. Students are an eyewitness to exciting real science in real time. The video image is on the left side of the MCS Planetarium dome. The e-mail is on the right side of the dome. Participants are able to view other images on the dome from any seat in the room. Live video and online materials are freely accessible via NASA-TV, a C-Band Satellite, Ku-Band satellite, the internet, and public television.
Computerized Reservation System Greenwood, Chuck 1996 Abstract: I will discuss the computerized reservation and tracking system now in development. The system will allow for very quick field trip reservations and print all the letters and reports currently being done by hand. I would enjoy feedback on this project.
Comet Hale-Bop: A New Beginning Hale, Dr. Allen 1996 Abstract: Comet Hale-Bop possesses the potential of providing one of the best commentary displays of the 20th Century when it passes through the inner solar system during the spring of 1997. In addition to the wealth of scientific knowledge that should be gained from its study, this object's appearance provides a unique and unprecedented opportunity to combat the rampant science illiteracy in modern society and to introduce the general public to the wonders of the universe around us.
Stars For Sale... Three Decades, Two Eyes, One Mind, and Lots of Opinions The 1996 Armanda Spits Lecture Hare, John 1996 Abstract: A reflection on several changes, trends, and debates in the planetarium field during the past 30 years. What types of shows would be run and how often should they be changed? Circular or unidirectional seating? Flat or tilted domes? That type of music should we use? What type and style of show? What is the role of lasers? of lightships? What lies ahead? In three decades of change and growth, we have matured into a diverse and networked global community ready for an exciting future of "selling" astronomy.
The Effect Of Various Facilitators On Participants at Nonformal Science Settings Hurd, David 1996 Abstract: This paper outlines a research study that is taking place at the Edinboro University Planetarium on the effects of various facilitators at nonformal science settings. The research design and methodology is outlined to stimulate discussion on this particular project. Next year, the author will present the results of the research at the Great Lakes Planetarium Association Annual Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio. Much of the relevant theory surrounding the advent of this research was presented at a conference in 1995. That paper is published in the "Proceedings of the 31st Annual GLPA Conference," Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Trains, Time Zones, and Planetariums Hurd, David 1996 Abtract: It is difficult for planetarium to compete with other sources of nonformal education. One way that can help planetariums become well rounded and generate a new clientele is to develop programs based on the region. Located in north-western Pennsylvania, the Edinboro University Planetarium developed a program on the history of rail transportation of the region. This program uses rail history and the advent of time zones to teach participants about the Earth's rotation. A 90 foot O-gauge layout was also constructed around the cove of the planetarium and is used during part of the program.
Six Years with a STARLAB-One Person's Story James, Wayne 1996 Abstract: Experiences to help a beginner using STARLAB in K-12 schools or the "Ying & Yang" of live STARLAB presentations.
Astronomy Update 1996 Kale, Dr. James 1996 Abstract: The year was topped by the Hubbell Deep Field, which revealed a spectacular number of galaxies within an area of sky 2.5 minutes of arc wide, a cascade of new planets (the result of dramatically improved technology), the resuscitation of the possibility of life on Mars, and of course the wonderfully popular Comet Hyakutake. The Deep Field and other deep imaging is allowing us to see the history and development of the Universe; the other discoveries allow us to begin to find our own places in and among the stars.
If You Don't Toot Your Own Horn Somebody Will Use It as a Spittoon Klinger, Art 1996 Abstract: If there is worthwhile value to your planetarium, it is highly possible that you will not only stay open, but you might get increased funding. Your job is to make your planetarium valuable to your community, school district, school board, and superintendent. This paper will present techniques, tips, and suggestions to help you achieve acknowledgement of your worth to the community.
Teaching What Science Is by Teaching What It Isn't Leake, David 1996 Abstract: Probably few planetarians have avoided the request to point out a zodiacal constellation in order for an eager student to see "their sign." Astrology and pseudoscience are prevalent whether we approve or not. The question becomes how to address these issues. Efforts to hit pseudoscience "head on" are discussed as demonstrated by an astrology exercise used at Parkland College which was developed from several past G.L.P.A. workshops.
Planetariums BS (Bachelor of Science) Mulliss, Dawn 1996 Abstract: When I finally decided this was the career I wanted to pursue, a degree in Planetarium Science seemed the only way to go. Unfortunately, like most universities, mine did not offer one. So I did what any other planetarian would do: I created one from scratch.
SUNRISE, SUNSET: A PRESCHOOL SHOW Neff,Georgia 1996 Abstract: A pre-school program that demonstrates the direction of the Sun at several times of the day.
Where In The Solar System? Nelson, Arnie 1996 Abstract: A demonstration of the use of bar codes and a laser disk player to answer the question, "Where in the Solar System would you like to visit?"
Coming Attractions: Previews of 1997's Best Sky Sights Nerdahl, Rodney 1996 Abstract: This paper is intended to aquaint participants with some of the best naked-eye sky sights and events occurring in 1997. Using computer-generated illustrations created by the author for a regional natural history calendar, the presentation will highlight Mercury's most favorable apparitions, several eye-catching moon & planet conjunctions, a partial lunar eclipse, some notable star/planet occulations and prospects for viewing Comet Hale-Bopp.
Russian Slide Project Update Pareis, Alan 1996 Abstract: The latest news about the GLPA project to provide a set of slides to each of the planetaria in the Russian Federation. Illustrated with the slides which made the list.
Smooth Sailing to Fund Raising: Promoting Group Travel to Augment Your Budget Pedas, Ted 1996 Abstract: Between now and the end of the century, planetariums, science museums, and natural history museums have nearly a dozen wonderful opportunities to sponsor group travel to sites that will fascinate their patrons interested in Old and New World archaeology, the wonders of the natural world, and astronomy. Sponsored travel can enhance your patron base, show you are actively involved in your community, raise funds to supplement your budget or support a specific project, and have fun.
Friends And Partners In Space, A Beginning Pirko, Richard 1996 Abstract: The past four decades have seen Russia and the USA turn from Cold War adversaries to true "Friends and Partners in Space." This paper highlights a tour of Starry Towne, Mir Mission Control, and the glorious sights of Moscow.
IPS Portable Planetarium Committee Update Reynolds, Susan 1996 Abstract: This committee and its activities continue to expand. Workshops, teacher training, exchange programs, contests, publications, and meetings around the world are serving the portable and small planetarium global community.
Cassiopeia A: The Movie Rudnick, Dr. Lawrence 1996 Abstract: I present a movie of the expanding supernova remnant Cassiopeia A, showing its radio emission from 1978 to 1994. We are interested in the scientific question of how the energy of the supernova explosion, about 300 years ago, caused the acceleration of very high energy particles (cosmic rays) which produce the radio emission that we see. As backround, we will trace various ideas going back to the early part of this century about the high energy particles from space, synchrotrons and their radiation, and the beginnings of radio astronomy. My collaborators and I have discovered the first fuzzy clues to the cosmic ray acceleration puzzle in supernova remnants, and we look forward to developing a much more coherent picture over the next several years.
Planetarium Programming to Meet Girl Scout Badge Requirements Schafer,Susan 1996 Abstract: In or der to encourage participation by local Girl Scout Troops, two programs have been implemented at the Lakeview Museum Planetarium: 1) Badge Days, where all of the requirements for either the "Space Explorer" (Brownie) or "Sky Search" (Junior) Badges are met in a single full day workshop, and 2) the Saturday Morning Astronomy Series, where each show in the series is preceded by a short make-it, take-it activity, and is keyed to a particular badge requirement. This paper will describe in more detail both of these programs.
Kepler's Second Law in the Planetarium Smith, Dale 1996 Abstract: This planetarium exercise demonstrates a form of Kepler's 2nd Law for Mercury and Mars using observations of the geocentric sky. Students measure the longitude of the target planet along the ecliptic on a set of equally spaced dates. The dates and longitudes allow first the Earth and then the planet to be located on a face-on diagram of their orbits. The planet positions are then connected by chords whose different lengths show the variation in the planet's orbital velocity.
PLANETARIANS AT THE FINAL FRONTIER Tidey,Smith 1996 Abstract: The intent of this paper is threefold: first of all, to show what you can expect to happen if, like me, you should attend a Star Trek convention as a guest speaker; secondly, to highlight the astronomy aspects of many episodes; and finally, I want to encourage you to work together with fans to further our goal of astronomy education.
ANOTHER OPENING, ANOTHER SHOW Whitt,April 1996 Abstract: Fernbank staff experimented with opening day festivities for two of our public family programs this year. Here's a description of what we did, and some pointers for anyone interested in a similar experiment.