Saturday, April 9, 2011

Fleischmann Planetarium

Hanging out in the Reno area we decided to head over to the Fleischmann Planetarium located at the University of Nevada, Reno. We got in free since the planetarium belongs to our membership organization.

This is a small little planetarium with a few exhibits, but it proved to be a fun way to spend the afternoon. Hands on science with most of my boys is always a big success. The main attraction was a movie about black holes shown on the domed theater. In these types of theaters you sit way back in your chair and stare above you, to the side of you, behind you and in front of you. The black hole concept was pretty deep. Combine that with the darkness, the Barry White narrator and lying on my back and I felt the urge to nap to be pretty strong!

We also enjoyed lifting a meteor an staring at famous faces upside down. We walked around the room as Einstein's face kept a close watch over us no matter where we were. We stood in awe watching ball bearings get sucked down a tube and studied a huge rotating earth displaying all the craters, canyons, mountains and hills on the earth's crust.

Afterwards we had a rousing discussion on the implications of E=MC2 and if there were such things as worm hole superhighways to different universes. Hmmm, maybe one of these five boys will grow up and invent something amazing!!

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