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A Universe of teaching opportunities may have eluded your school system for one simple reason. The Sun shines. In the past, viewing the night sky has meant a special after school event or the proverbial field trip to the nearest planetarium. Night Skies is an alternative. Night Skies is a program featuring Mike Francis using Starlab, the inflatable planetarium dome and projector system. A remarkably realistic night sky awaits groups of up to 30. There is no need to worry about the weather, time of day or travel.
The experience of entering the giant bubble fascinates. The excitement of being able to identify that bright red star from last night's sky or locating an elusive constellation sparks the imagination. Programs for K-
Mike Francis, a physical science and physics teacher and formerly a lecturer for 10 years at the Charles Hayden Planetarium at Boston's Museum of Science, brings Night Skies to school systems throughout New England. In only a few minutes he can set up the dome in a gymnasium, auditorium, library or even a large classroom. Then the Universe awaits...