page was edited by Trevor Bennett 12/08/08 for Professor Adkins' Astronomy 010 class at Los Medanos College.
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This is what most standard planetariums look like. They are buildings that simulate the night sky and usually stars, planets, and constellations are viewable.

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A Planetarium for Every Classroom
Author: Contra Costa County Office of Education
Date Accessed: 12/02/08
Audience: High School students and anyone willing to build their own planetarium
This site contains instructions on how to build your own planetarium at virtually no cost. It shows how to build all the other parts as well. The site allows the builder to pick and choose various sizes and alternative materials to use for the construction of the planetarium. It also shows how some high school students, at Deer Valley High School, build their own out of cardboard. There is math involved in building this structure but all the instructions tell you how to build it. The website also has links to the schools website and to other astronomy sites.
I especially like this site because it shows with the right supplies and some hard work anyone can build their own planetarium.
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Author: Wikipedia®
Date Accessed: 12/02/08
Audience: Beginner astronomers who want to learn basic facts.
This website describes the basic function of a planetarium. It also tells all the parts needed and how it finds the stars in the sky. The website goes on to examine the history of planetariums and how they have made a tremendous improvement over time. It also describes that the price of purchasing a planetarium greatly affects the quality. Some need to be controlled by computers because they are so heavy and it would be impossible to move manually. Technology has gone as far to provide the viewer with 3-D vision for the shows that go on.

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Rose Center for Earth and Space
Author: Patrick Tadeushuk
Date Accessed: 12/05/08
Audience: Public looking for the best planetarium show ever
Another site that I found describes one of the worlds’ famous and biggest planetariums. The websites tells when this building was built and how much this project cost. It also lists the possible shows that it allows the public to view during their hours of business. The website conveniently displays the prices of all age groups to attend one of the planetarium showings, hours of business, and directions.

Go Astronomy: From apo telescopes to zodiac constellations
Go Astronomy: From apo telescopes to zodiac constellations

Go Astronomy
Author: Dan at Blue Moose Webworks, Inc
Date Accessed: 12/07/08
Audience: public looking for the nearest planetarium
This website allows users to find and locate the closest planetarium to them by choosing the state and city. The site also provides information about the planets and the solar system. It includes the constellations of the zodiac and deep space objects. Along with other information there is information about upcoming cosmic events, such as meteor showers and eclipses, just in case someone wishes to view the sky for themselves.

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Planetarium Software
Author: Bill Arnett
Date Accessed: 12/08/08
Audience: public looking to download software to have their own personalized planetarium
This website allows users to experience going to a planetarium right on their computer screen. It has many different programs compatible for many different operating systems. It has some for free but others that have to be purchased. This may require some computer skills and understanding how to download and run the actual program.

What is a Planetarium?

Author: S. E. Smith


This website basically explains what a Planetarium is and why its important to us. It tells us some information
on when planetariums came about and what it consist of now. Many planetariums are like a movie theater. It has
a big screen, a projector, and reclining seats.

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Planetarium TImeline


Author: Unknown

Date Accessed: 4/22/10

Audience: For people who want to understand about the development of the planetarium.

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This is a picture of the BCC Planetarium in 1973.

This website allows users to understand the development of the planetariums. You can also learn about the historical influences
of why planetariums came about. This website contains a timeline in which it shows when and where the first planetarium was.
This website also explains when there was an update or a great addition to the technology of planetariums.

Planetarium Projectors

Author: Unknown

Audience: Highschool+

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This website gives many facts about the projectors used in Planetariums. It tells us who was the
first to invent a modern projector and when it was built. Projectors can vary from simple projections
to extra features like comets, nebuli, and different laser displays.

Portable Planetarium
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This website actually is a place where you can buy a portable planetarium. These planetariums
range from 13 to 23 feet in diameter and from 9 to 13.5 feet tall at zenith. The planetariums are
used for on the go teachings and can be easily set up in 10 mins.

FAQ'S On Planetariums
Author: Mark C. Petersen
Date Accessed: 9/27/06
Audience: For people who want to learn more about planetariums.

This site will answer many questions and concerns you have had on planetariums. It explains things like what to expect at a planetarium show or what to find there. This site not only explains about planetarium but has links to explain more about them.