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.
a local horizon around the perimeter of a plate. Over several months, track the changing position of the
sunrise or sunset against the local background.
the predicted passes of satellites onto a bowl which you can take outside as a
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.
an astrolabe-like device that allows you to measure the altitude of celestial
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.
how navigators used the North Star to determine their position, correlating the
observed altitude of Polaris with the navigators latitude.
the range of the suns altitude through the seasons for any given location.
This plate also conveys why the sun sometimes never rises in the far
north for months at a time.
and plot the moons phases and its position relative to the sun.
Then you make a model which can predict the position of any given moon
phase for any date and any time.
Planet Pointer II
Plot the position of the planets in orbit around the sun
and make a device to transfer that model to the real night sky.
Essentially, your device shows you where to look to see the planets.
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