Paper Plate Astronomy Videotape/DVD/Streaming Video
The Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA), with support from the Office of Space Science, produced a 70-minute video which demonstrates the construction and use of nine paper plate activities and variations (descriptions listed below). If you cannot view the free streaming video through the links above, you may preview the video either by selecting an activity and viewing excerpts of pictures and instructions, or by reading the text-only narration for each activity.
Members of the GLPA can request a free copy of the video from the GLPA "slide bank" while supplies last. GLPA members and non-members alike can order Paper Plate Astronomy as a VHS videotape or as a DVD for $14.00 plus $3.00 shipping. It must be noted that, for only $20.00, membership in GLPA with all of its many benefits is a great value.
in real time the position on the earth at which an observer can see the sun
directly overhead. This allows the
user to track the changing position of the sun between the tropics and to trace
out and define the analemma.
a device that reduces the sphere of stars to a paper plate.
With this tool you can accurately determine the positions of the
circumpolar stars for any given time and any given date.
This video shows several variations of the Platisphere,
including a childrens version, a tactile version for visually impaired users,
and the Photographic Plate, which
predicts the smear of stars (star trails) produced from a long duration exposure on film.
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