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Fourth Grade Visits Eastern U’s Planetarium

By Connor Walsh

Pluto, planet or dwarf planet? Pluto became a dwarf planet in 2006.

Wayne Elementary’ s 4th grade classes went to Eastern University’s Planetarium to learn more about planets and stars in our cosmic neighborhood.

When we arrived at the Julia Fowler Planetarium, we sat down against cardboard walls and watched the show. When the presentation began, the dome room became dark. Dr. Bradstreet taught us cool constellations and facts about our solar system. Some of the cool facts were Saturn’s rings are made of dust and Jupiter’s has really bad storms. While we were learning the facts, it felt like we were in a spaceship going from planet to planet. When we were on Mars, we watched its two moons zoom by.

After the planetarium, we went to the twin telescopes and they were gigantic. We had to go up on a platform that was really tight, but when we got up there, it was worth it. It was worth it because Dr. Bradstreet opened up the sky dome. After the presentation, we got on the bus and for the rest of the day, the class was talking about the planetarium.

 

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For more information, check out https://www.eastern.edu/academics/college-arts-and-sciences/departments/astronomy-and-physics-department/history-bradstreet.   Dr. Bradstreet also created a curriculum book for teachers of astronomy who have the same planetarium system.   Cool stuff thanks WES 4th grade teachers!

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