Starlab planetarium fully inflated and ready for visitors.

Star Lab

Our portable, inflatable dome allows us to bring a selection of our live talks to you! Below is a selection of our most frequently-requested shows, but we are also more than happy to work with you to develop a customized show to best suit your needs. Dimensions of the dome: 18’ width x 21’ length x 12’ height

Tour of the Night Sky

What’s visible in your local sky tonight? We’ll point out some of the night sky constellations and other objects so that you can navigate your way around the sky. If any planets are also visible, we’ll point them out so you can find them at home!

Tour of the Solar System

Which planets are visible in your local night sky? After seeing which ones can be viewed currently from Earth, we’ll lift of our planet and fly to the planets in our solar system to get a close-up view of our neighboring worlds.  

Tour of the Universe

Want a little taste of everything? We’ll start on Earth to point out a few visible constellations and planets. Then we’ll lift of Earth, fly past a few planets in our solar system, out of our Milky Way galaxy, through clusters of other galaxies, and to the edge of the visible universe!

Life of Astronauts

Astronaut floating in space above planet Earth.

How do astronauts prepare for space travel and what sorts of things do they do while they’re in space? What are we doing to prepare for longer human space travel, such as journeying to Mars? Join us as we explore how astronauts train and live in space!

Reason for the Seasons

Why does the Earth experience seasons? Do other planets have seasons, and if so, how are they different? Using the digital dome technology, we can demonstrate the role of Earth’s tilt as it orbits the Sun and how we experience it here on Earth.

Stellar Life Cycles

Multiple stellar image leading to a nebula.

The night sky is filled with thousands of stars that you can see every night, but what are they? How do they form, how do they produce light, and what happens to them after they die? Why are they different colors and what can we learn from them? Join us on a journey through space and time to explore the stars of our universe!

 

Traveling Demonstrations

Telescopes

Learn how to construct your own telescope! We typically provide one telescope kit per person and offer instruction on how to build and use the telescopes.

Meteorites

What is a meteorite and how do they come to land on the Earth sometimes? How do you tell the difference between rocks from space and Earth rocks? With our display of meteorites and “meteor-wrongs,” we explore what tests you can do to see if a rock is a meteorite or just an Earth rock.

IR camera

Our eyes can only see visible light, but what if you could see in the infrared? With our infrared (IR) camera, you can! We’ll talk about the importance of IR light and how it impacts us in our everyday lives, as well as how we use IR light in astronomy.