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Paper: A Portable/Traveling Human Orrery
Volume: 443, Earth and Space Science: Making Connections in Education and Public Outreach
Page: 63
Authors: Lebofsky, L. A.; McCarthy Jr., D. W.; Higgins, M. L.; Lebofsky, N. R.
Abstract: We describe a comprehensive project for modeling the Solar System based on the construction of a semi-permanent “human orrery” and a traveling orrery, incorporating existing and newly developed activities. This project allows us to model rotation and revolution, the yearly motions of the planets (both with respect to the Sun and as they appear in the sky), diurnal motion of the planets and stars, the scale of the Solar System, seasons, and seasonal constellations. This project is part of our existing NIRCam/James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) education and public outreach (EPO) partnership with the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) to equip leaders from around the U.S. to host troop-level astronomy-related activities and to prepare them for the data that will be returned from NIRCam and JWST starting in 2015. It is also used in our outreach programs for girls in Tucson and in isolated/underserved and Native American communities.
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