This mum has always been fascinated with the stars + back when I was a little girl, I would spend hours gazing up in the sky, waiting for a falling star so I could wish on it! I also love looking at the full moon + would always try to locate Polaris wherever I go. + I would love this to rub in on my little man. Needless to say, I was excited when I was invited to witness the launch of Skyxplore, a new Mobile Digital Planetarium, held at the Diliman Preparatory School on 18 April, 2012.
Skyxplore, the country’s first of its kind, is a 7-meter diameter Digital Mobile that opened in May of last year. The device consists of a digital projector which evenly distributes light from the machine onto the dome, thus giving the participants inside a perfect view of the sky above us, sans the smog + the pollution! It also provides a larger-than-life view of the heavenly bodies, including the myriads of constellations, the galaxies, + the planets. Embark on a tour of the celestial creations + feel as if you are standing at the edge of Mars or Saturn! What’s best is that you can even see sunrises of the past + check out future meteor showers + solar eclipses!
Skyxplore has then catered to numerous schools from Luzon to Mindanao, including the Diliman Preparatory School, San Nicolas National High School in Ilocos Norte, Tagudin Central School + St. James Academy in Bulacan in a short span on 1 year + exciting plans for this exhibit are in the works to make people experience all the better!
This is one of the best things to do this summer with your family, as this is something both the kids + the kids-at-heart will surely love, whether you’re an astronomy enthusiast or not! Be in awe of the stars + witness the majestic view of the planets in the galaxy. + oh, the exhibit also features telescopes that people can sample for star-gazing at night, NASA photos, as well as stone + iron meteorite samples which can be touched + observed.
My little man totally loved this experience, he enjoyed gazing at all the stars + planets, as well as checking out the different positions the sun sets up from in the morning at different dates of the year. He was also particularly interested in the telescopes + circled around them one too many times, he cannot take his eyes + hands off these things ;)
For more information about their schedules, do visit the Skyxplore Website + like their Facebook Page, too!
last image is courtesy of Skyxplore Facebook Page