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Friday, April 19, 2013

101 Places to See Before You're 12 - A Stargazing Spot

A Stargazing Spot

One of the things that we really wanted to do in DC was return to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum.  This was Brennan's favorite museum last time, and one of David's all time favorite museums.  We took time to go to the Planetarium while we were there, and saw observatory equipment.
We have visited Planetariums and Observatories before - Salt Lake City and the one in Indianapolis come to mind. There is even a small one at one of our local high schools that the boys and I went to a laser light show at a few years ago! But this one was pretty impressive (and we have some photos).

Here we are, ready for the show on Solar Systems and Undiscovered Worlds to start in the Planetarium.

From the Book:
#64 - A Stargazing Spot
Through all of human history, they've always been there, twinkling in the sky, constant and unwavering, no matter what happens down here on Earth.  They're beautiful and mysterious, challenging us to try to reach them. always beyond our grasp.  Stars inspire us, give us hope somehow, and make us feel like we're not alone in the vast universe.  See these captivating sky-dwellers up close (well, as close as you can, really) through a high-power telescope at a planetarium or an observatory.  Check out the giant telescopes that can see light years away and dishes that can hear into deep space.  No matter how much you find out about stars, there will always be more to learn, and there will always be new mysteries to discover.

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