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A Night Under the Stars at the Planetarium

The Murry J. Frank Planetarium welcomed the community after hours for a night of stargazing, learning stations and more at their open house. Around 150 guests sampled what the planetarium has to offer with hands-on stations that fit pre-K-eighth grade curriculum, example lessons that are taught during a visit, night sky dome presentations and an interactive AR activity.

“We are a collaborative resource working alongside the classroom teacher, integrating earth-space content with technology and hands-on modeling,” said planetarium teacher Sharon Rigsby. “We wanted to give the public a look at how the Frank Planetarium provides a high engagement educational experience to our students.”

In addition, the Astronomical Society of Southeast Texas provided a telescope for guests to view the moon in the first quarter phase--when Rigsby says is the best time for lunar observation. 

“I want to give a special thank you to Secondary Science Supervisor Patsy Magee and Will Young of the Astronomical Society for helping make this event a success,” said Rigsby. “I think the open house should become an annual event; everyone should see what the Frank Planetarium is all about.”