Have you ever heard of that? Any time it was at the science fair I begged my mom to let me go inside. It was even better when the star lab got set up in a classroom and our teacher got to take us inside during a regular class day.
The Star Lab is so amazing. It is this silver colored dome. A fan at one end inflates it and all the students get to crawl through a tunnel to get inside. Once inside, the most amazing thing happens. All of the students sit eagerly along the edge of the dome and in the center is a cylinder. The teacher turns the light out, but then turns on a light at the center of the cylinder... and... amazing-ness is born!
Constellations are splashed onto the sides of the dome! The stars come alive!
I remember sitting there in complete amazement. There was something about being inside, so close to stars which are normally so far removed... so distant. If I could experience this again in my lifetime, I think I would again be in awe. It is just so magical.
It does exist and now it is in digital form... good news Star Lab is only $ 44, 995. Yikes! I cannot imagine any school could afford that these days and that makes my heart sad, because the kids are really missing out on this one!
Images found on Google.