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Around North America in a Planetarium Seat
"I have travelled quite widely in North America and have always visited planetarium theatres in each port of call. You don't need to know much about planetaria - just a little about the places I have seen."
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My first planetarium visit ever was to the HR McMillan Planetarium in Vancouver. Love the giant crab sculpture. Which other tourist destination can I visit in this city?
All of them
Lions' Gate Bridge
Next stop - Seattle. I discover the Willard Smith Planetarium is part of the Pacific Science Centre and is situated underneath one of Seattle's most recognisable structures. What is it?
The Space Needle
The CN Tower
Still further south in San Francisco, I find Morrison Planetarium closed and its 'one of a kind' projector retired forever. I won't be here when the new facility opens, so instead I take a walk in the park outside the old building. Which park am I in?
Yerba Buena Gardens
Golden Gate Park
Arizona is the next stop and I visit the Grace Flandreau Planetarium. If I tell you I also visit Kitt Peak Observatory and the Sonora Desert Museum can you tell me which city I am in?
The next state I visit proves very fruitful. I am able to visit Fiske Planetarium on a university campus and Gates Planetarium as part of a Museum of Nature and Science. Still wondering? If I also told you that my third planetarium was attached to the United States Air Force Academy can you guess which state I'm in?
Next stop Chicago and the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum - "the first planetarium built in the Western Hemisphere". There are two planetarium theatres and an observatory as well. I enjoy my visit very much and am inspired to find even more educational stimulation - where else can I go to discover and learn in the "Windy City"?
Lincoln Park Zoo
Art Institute of Chicago
All of these destinations
On to Buffalo and the Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium. It is a school day so my visit is noisy but enjoyable. When I am finished I treat myself to one of the most important tourist destinations in this region. Niagara Falls. I discover the American Falls were stopped completely in 1969 for several months. Why?
To allow tourists to climb the dry rock face
There was a major natural blockage upstream
To assess what was involved in building a viewing area behind the body of falling water
To see if loose rock could be removed from the base
Rochester is my next port of call. Strasenburgh Planetarium is part of the Rochester Museum and Science Centre. After a morning of playing with all the hands on exhibits, I opt for yet another Pink Floyd laser show. When I venture out, I discover an amazing house on East Avenue that belonged to a pioneer in which industry?
With my trip nearly over I head for Boston and the Charles Hayden Planetarium. I simply can't sleep in this theatre as there is an Audience Response System which lets me interact with the planetarium program. Amazing. I have also promised relatives that when in Boston I would take time to buy them merchandise at the Coop. Who established the Coop?
A computer company
A group of students
A large retailing giant
Philadelphia - the city of brotherly love. Fels Planetarium is absolutely my last port of call before heading home. It is part of a large Institute that is named after which great American?
Alexander Graham Bell
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Compiled Jun 28 12