Star Lab (mobile planetarium)

When a visit to the Museum is not possible we have a portable planetarium, StarLab, that can bring the night sky to you!

Explore the wonders of the night sky and pique students' interest in astronomy by bringing StarLab to your school or community center. Help your students enhance the observational and exploratory skills deemed necessary for today's students to create tomorrow's work force by the Ohio Revised Science Content standards.

What is StarLab?

This portable planetarium requires an indoor room with clearance 11 feet high, 20 feet wide, and 30 feet in length. The planetarium is inflated using a fan, and although it is handicap accessible, most enter by walking through a low tunnel.

Note: Please allow approximately 30 minutes at the beginning and end of programs for set-up and take down.

What Programs are Available?

Programs typically last 30 minutes and accommodate approximately 25 students per session. Programming can be tailored to desired topics, but often involves an exploration of the evening sky. Topics that may be covered include Earth's rotation and orbit around the Sun, Moon phases, currently visible planets, and constellations.

Additional topics that may be considered are:

  • Native American constellations
  • Mayan constellations
  • The Southern hemisphere sky
  • Weather patterns
  • Deep sky objects

Cost & Reservations

Program cost: 2 program minimum, or $300, $145 each additional program. Mileage included within a 50 mile radius of the museum.

For additional information about the Astronomy Department please contact 937-275-7431, ext. 122 or email astronomy@boonshoftmuseum.org.
To schedule a StarLab or Planetarium program, please contact 937-275-7431, ext. 125 or email education@boonshoftmuseum.org.

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