Day 7: First Day in Planetarium

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My one elective class is astronomy with 15 students in grades 9-12. So far they have been the hardest working astronomy class I have had. After a couple of days in the classroom (using Stellarium and discussing seasons) we had class in the planetarium for the first time. We covered Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, Cassiopeia, Cepheus, and Draco. The students learned how to find Polaris and were surprised (as always) to learn it is not a particularly bright star. Our planetarium was built in 1970 and houses a 30′ dome and a Spitz A4 projector.