Marymount University is proud to have a portable planetarium through generous funding provided by:
The Dominion Foundation
The Washington Forest Foundation
The Kiwanis Club
The Myhill Fund
The full system is completely portable and can be setup/operated by 1-2 students.
The system consists of a 5-meter inflatable Go-dome (http://www.discoverydome.com/dome_standard.php), one of the world leader's in inflatable dome technology. This dome can fit up to 30 elementary-aged children or 15 adult-sized individuals for a show.
The system uses a "Newtonian Reflector System" from the good people at e-planetarium (E-Planetarium). This spherical-mirrored system is a low-cost alternative to more expensive fish-eye projection systems.
We have a suite of pre-made full dome shows coupled with expertise to provide custom planetarium shows to target night sky topics that may interest you.
A sample trailer is provided below:
These pre-made shows include:
Custom topics are possible, with current students trained to provide a tour of highlights of the night sky through the STELLARIUM Planetarium Software followed by a tour of major solar system bodies, including actual footage of the Curiosity rover's Mars landing!
Our system is used for teaching and for outreach to the community and school groups.
For further details (or to schedule a visit!) contact:
eric dot bubar at marymount dot edu
We will see you in the stars!