This is a fully functional planetarium. It is portable and can be set up at your facility. The 18 foot dome inflates with a single fan and is accessed through a special double-door air-lock. The floor of the planetarium is the floor of the room it is in. See this video.
The planetarium is intended for indoor use only.
I will. My name is Marc Rouleau. I have been a planetarium educator for 22 years, including at planetariums in Massachusetts, Texas, Florida, Minnesota, and in Sharjah, UAE. I have a degree in physics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. My wife and I have two school-age boys.
A class's worth, about 25 - 30 students.
I have programs for students from pre-K to high school.
Yes, access can be made for those with special needs.
A battery back-up system will keep the fan running, allowing for orderly egress. Auxiliary lights are also available in the planetarium in case of power failure. Quick exits are also possible simply by lifting the edge of the dome from the inside and opening up the entire area to the rest of the room (this takes less than five seconds).
Yes. A copy of the certificate is available upon request.
Yes. Details available upon request.
You’ll need a room with enough empty space to accommodate the inflated dome, roughly 20’ x 20’ x 11’ (usually an unused gymnasium or cafeteria). The dome can conform to lower ceilings, provided there are no sharp bits or hot lights. For the benefit of the participants, the room should not be in use at the time of the programs. You will also need to have two electrical outlets available.
Currently the planetarium has a selection of full-dome video programs which can be supplemented by a tour of the current night sky. Future program options (based on state curricula) are in development.
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