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Planetarium Offers More Than Just the Stars

Planetarium Offers More Than Just the Stars
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Fair Lawn, N.J. (Jan. 22, 2019) - The Planetarium at the Fair Lawn High School Astronomy Center is offering four public shows in 2019: Jan. 29 – Eclipses; March 26 - Our Sun; May 29 – Apollo 50th Anniversary; and a final show in October 2019. Each session will offer a tour of the current night sky, a laser rock 'n roll visual effect musical short, and a full dome feature on selected astronomical topics. Fair Lawn is one of two schools in Bergen Country that has a planetarium.
Since 2008, the facility has opened its doors to the public offering evening sessions to kids, families, and the general public.
"I'm proud to offer educational programs to the public and share the excitement of Astronomy and space exploration, said Andrew Temme, K-5 Planetarium Director and district Science Specialist for Fair Lawn Public Schools.
Recently, Mr. Temme was accepted into the NASA Solar System Ambassadors program that offers out-reach to the public about current and future space missions.
"Joining the NASA program enables direct access to NASA mission resources which we can share with our community."
The planetarium also offers sessions to private groups who can visit after school or in the evening. The district provides curriculum-related field trips for students in grades 1, 3, 5, 7, and utilizes the room for its high school Astronomy classes.
The facility was originally brought to Fair Lawn in 1961 by department chair and Astronomy teach-er Andrew LuKac; funding was made possible via funding from the 1958 National Defense Education Act. The law was enacted in the wake of the launch of the first Earth satellite called Sputnik made by the USSR. The space race then began as the U.S. decided to educate our youth with the mission of going to the moon. The planetarium facility was made permanent in 1982 at Fair Lawn High School atop the stage of the A gym multipurpose room. Since then, the facility has been utilized by Fair Lawn students from first to 12th grade.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through the Fair Lawn Community School via CommunityPass.Net. Multiple show times are available each night: 4:45 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 7:45 p.m. For more in-formation, please visit http://planetarium.flhs.org or contact Mr. Andrew Temme at 201-794-5450 ext. 1123.