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Complete Home Planetarium - Learn the
Constellations and the secrets of the night sky!
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Our Star Theatre 2 Home Planetarium
is is one of our favourite products, enabling children (and
adults!) to learn about the night sky. It is also makes
an ideal gift to go alongside one of our London Science
telescopes. Star Theater 2's halogen lamp projects hundreds
of stars, planets and constellations onto your walls and
ceiling. A fascinating CD audio tour hosted by a leading
astronomer really helps to bring this product to life.
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Star Theatre 2 Home Planetarium
HOME PLANETARIUM WITH AUDIO TOUR
Star Theater 2's halogen lamp projects hundreds of stars, planets and constellations onto your walls and ceiling. You can explore the night sky with a fascinating CD audio tour hosted by a leading astronomer.
Use the Star Theatre's built-in compass and easy-to-set dials to accurately replicate the night sky for any time past, present or future!
The Star Theatre is supplied with an audio CD which has a 45 minute explanatory commentary. This is a well-balanced mixture of science and the mythology of the classical constellations - in fact it is as professional a commentary as you'd expect in a major planetarium.
Also included is a hand-held "Meteor Maker"
complete with Halley's Comet slide. The next sighting
in the sky of the actual comet is around the year 2061,
but you can see it in your bedroom tonight! The constellation
dome is detachable to allow use outside as a 3D glow-in-the-dark
star map. Star Theatre 2 uses three AA batteries for the
dome and two for the Comet Maker (batteries not included).
Measures 7" x 7" x 6" high. For ages 6 and up. Like any
planispheric device, the Star Theatre can be set to show
the sky at a given hour of any specific day of the year.
The globe is inclined to model the night sky of Northern
latitudes (so suitable for the UK and anywhere in Europe),
and a compass is built into the base to help align it
correctly, so that the stars projected on your ceiling
correspond exactly with those you will ll see outside.
2-Dimensional Star Maps, such as those found in books,
are useful devices to help amateur astronomers find their
way around the night sky, but the 3-dimensional m ap provided
by our Star Theatre 2 planetarium makes it far easier
for the beginner to understand the workings of the night
sky - that is why this product is also purchased by adults,
as well as children.
- Star Theatre 2 Home Planetarium
- Hand-held Light Pointer, with with Meteor Maker and Halley's Comet Slide
- Audio CD - 45 Minute Planetarium Show
- Instruction Booklet
- Home Planetarium
- LEARN TO Recognise Star Constellations
- Find the
PLANETS in the night sky
for discovering the Secrets of the Night Sky
- MAP OF
THE NIGHT SKY
- Ideal for
Adults and Children alike
from only: £ 39.95
Star Constellations: Our modern constellation system comes to us from the ancient Greeks. The oldest description of the constellations as we know them comes from a poem, called Phaenomena, written about 270 B.C. by the Greek poet Aratus. However, it is clear from the poem that the constellations mentioned originated long before Aratus' time. Astronomers officially recognize 88 constellations covering the entire sky in the northern and southern hemispheres. Currently, 14 men and women, 9 birds, two insects, 19 land animals, 10 water creatures, two centaurs, one head of hair, a serpent, a dragon, a flying horse, a river and 29 inanimate objects are represented in the night sky (the total comes to more than 88 because some constellations include more than one creature).
Choosing a Telescope: A telescopes goes very well
alongside our Star Theatre 2 home planetarium, enabling
you to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in a very
practical way, enhancing the learning experience. There
are two main categories of telescope: Refractors and Reflectors.
Refractors, use two or more lenses to collect and focus
the light from an object to the eye of the observer, and
can trace their design back to the telescopes of Galileo’s
era. Reflectors, developed by Isaac Newton in the 17th century,
use mirrors to focus the light. As magnifications increase,
impurities in the glass of lenses can cause distortion (commonly
a “rainbow-like” halo around objects) requiring expensive
and difficult treatments and coatings to correct. Reflectors
telescopes avoid this problem, and are generally cheaper
to manufacture for a given sized aperture (the main lens
or mirror used to catch the incoming light). As a result,
most high-performance optical telescopes, including the
Hubble Space Telescope, are reflector designs. >>
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