Not the Same Gift Everyone Else Got

science kits

Got a curious young scientist on your holiday gift list?   Delight them with Science Kits from the Casper Planetarium.   The Green Rocket kit lets them use a recycled magazine and 2 plastic bottles to blast a paper rocket up to 80 feet in the air.   Build a 5-inch generator that…

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What’s Hotter Than the Surface of the Sun?

“It feels like the surface of the Sun!”  That’s a common way of expressing that something is very hot … but not the hottest part of our solar system.   As you might expect, the center of the Sun is hotter, at 27 million degrees Fahrenheit.  Move from the center out…

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New in our Gift Shop — Color-Changing T-Shirts

                We have a new selection of color-changing shirts in our gift shop.  Both designs are black-and-white when inside and turn to full color in direct sunlight.   In response to requests, we now have both adults’ and kids’ sizes.   Affordably priced at just…

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One Comes Down, Another Goes Up

Two events that space program fans will want to take note of this week — and you can see streaming coverage of both at NASA’s website HERE. May 2 – SpaceX Corporation’s Dragon spacecraft will depart from the International Space Station for its return to Earth.  This unmanned craft arrived…

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Once in a Blue Moon – Twice in the Same Year!

When we have two full moons in a single month, the second one is called a blue moon.   It is a fairly infrequent phenomenon.  This Saturday, March 31, is not only a blue moon … it’s the second blue moon we will experience this year (the first happened on January 31st).   The…

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Be a Part of Real Astronomical Discoveries!

You can play an important part in astronomy research right from your own computer — and in other fields as well.  Zooniverse is a portal to Citizen Science Research, projects that need lots of people to help interpret data for professional researchers.  You don’t need any special training or background…

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Join Us for the Official Premiere of the New Projector!

Brighter, sharper images and more vivid colors are on their way to our Planetarium dome, courtesy of a new Digitalis BarcoF90-4K13 DLP projector.   This new equipment will double the resolution over that provided by our current projector, now over 10 years old. From February 26 to March 2, we will not…

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Happy Anniversary, Explorer I

60 years ago today, on January 31, 1958, Americans made our first venture into space with the unmanned satellite Explorer I.   Explorer I was a welcome accomplishment during the tense days of the Cold War.  The Soviets had gotten off to an early lead in the space race, launching the…

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Introduce Your Kids to Planets and Stars

Our weekday show is a great way to encourage younger kids to be curious about the stars and planets.  It plays Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 4:15 pm, January through March of 2018.  Recommended for ages 6 and up. The Little Star That Could is the story of Little…

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