Western Kentucky University

Hardin Planetarium at Western Kentucky University

 

 

Hardin Planetarium
presents

 

Two Small Pieces of Glass

 

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The device which began it all...the Telescope!

 

While attending a local star party, two teenage students learn how the telescope has helped us understand our place in space and how telescopes continue to expand our understanding of the Universe. Their conversation with a local female astronomer enlightens them on the history of the telescope and the discoveries these wonderful tools have made. The students see how telescopes work and how the largest observatories in the world use these instruments to explore the mysteries of the universe. While looking through the astronomer's telescope, the students, along with the planetarium audience, explore the Galilean Moons, Saturn's rings, and spiral structure of galaxies. During their conversation with the astronomer, they also learn about the discoveries of Galileo, Huygens, Newton, Hubble and many others. Join the Hardin Planetarium staff for an interactive 360-degree fulldome movie about the incredible telescope!

 

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 Appropriate Audience

Grades 3 - 12

 

Running Time

45 minutes, with optional Q&A period

 

Audience Size Limit

40 maximum (for groups wishing to bring a larger audience, click here to see some alternatives)

 

Academic Subjects Addressed

Galileo, Huygens, Newton, Hubble, physics of light and planets, reflection, refraction, and the uses of the telescope

 

 

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 Last Modified 3/11/14