NASA-Sponsored Star Lab Planetarium Available for Free School Tours

This is a press release from the Mendocino County Office of Education:

The Mendocino County Office of Education invites educators throughout the county to bring the NASA-based Star Lab Inflatable Planetarium to their school site. This Star Lab is a portable, state-of-the-art planetarium that helps teachers share astronomy concepts with students by providing an unobstructed, detailed view of the night sky. Mendocino County NASA Ambassador, Elizabeth Garcia, guides this immersive learning experience. Garcia is one of many NASA volunteers who shares the latest science and discoveries of NASA’s missions through a variety of events. School administrators may book their free Star Lab Planetarium event through Garcia’s NASA Ambassador webpage at: https://solarsystem1.jpl.nasa.gov/ssa/biography.cfm?US_ID=1626.

            When she is not busy hosting Star Lab Planetarium tours, Garcia partners with the Ukiah International Latitude Observatory, which provides visiting classrooms with tours, education about the use of sun telescopes, mini lectures, and other educational opportunities.

The Ukiah Observatory is part of a system of observatories located near the parallel of 39° 08′ north latitude. These observatories were used to measure the variation in latitude that occurs as a result of the wobble of the Earth on its polar axis. The original six observatories were located in: Gaithersburg, Maryland; Cincinnati, Ohio (closed in 1915); Ukiah, California; Mizusawa, Iwate, Japan; Charjui, Turkestan; and Carloforte, Italy.

To schedule a visit at the observatory, please contact Martin Bradley at observatory@cityofukiah.com.

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