Stars of the Pharaohs

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A few weeks ago we drove to the Delta College Planetarium in Bay City, Michigan.  With a group of other homeschooling families, we attended a program entitled Stars of the Pharaohs. This program was especially pertinent as we just finished our TruthQuest History study of Ancient Egypt. Looking back at our previous trip to the planetarium, I was amazed to see how much our children have grown in just 2 years.

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The planetarium staff began their presentation with a visual welcome in many languages. Then they displayed some constellations that are visible in our current night sky (not pictured).

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The presentation segment I most enjoyed was a close-up view of our moon.

I was unable to photograph the feature presentation, but here is an official summary:

Travel to ancient Egypt to see how science was used to tell time, make a workable calendar, and align huge buildings. You’ll learn about the connection the ancient Egyptians felt with the stars and various astronomical phenomena. And thanks to the time Digital Theater’s production team spent on location in Egypt taking photographs and measurements, you’ll see some of the most spectacular temples and tombs of the ancient world recreated in their original splendor.

In my humble opinion, this presentation was not as interesting as The Christmas Star we viewed previously. Christian mentioned similar sentiments.

Christian and Rebecca favored the presentation finale: a virtual Mobius strip roller coaster set in outer space. I closed my eyes to avoid a headache! I cannot find a site to show you how the roller coaster looked, but here is a link which defines a Mobius strip.

Have you visited a planetarium lately?

12.9.10

 

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