Ott Planetarium

Center Outcomes

Sbmitted 04/11/02

Planetarium Services/Activities:

  • Host the Department of Physics astronomy classes (PHSX 1030)Host planetarium shows for school groups and other special groups (scouts, girl’s clubs, etc.)Host weekly planetarium shows for the general public.Host star parties for the general public.Answer astronomy & space questions for the media and the general public.Host and support the Ogden Astronomical Society meetings and activities.

Desired Planetarium Outcomes:

  • Provide a state-of-the-art immersive learning environment for WSU students in the astronomy course. Provide resources for faculty teaching the astronomy course. Examples include: projecting stars and constellations, retrograde motion, celestial coordinates; access to lecture demonstration equipment (orrery, spectral tubes, demo telescopes, etc.), and multimedia facilities (computer animations, spacecraft images, laser disks, etc.).

  • Produce/present planetarium shows that are both interesting and informative. The general public will gain a better understanding/appreciation of science in general and astronomy in particular.Support the local school districts with astronomy education as outlined in the Utah State Core Curriculum for Science. This is done both via planetarium field trips and via answers/assisting teachers with astronomy questions and activities. Visiting groups (schools, scouts, etc.) and teachers should receive a high quality and valuable field trip experience.Physics major/minors working in the planetarium improve their knowledge of astronomy, gain experience with public speaking, and gain hands-on skills with telescopes and other equipment.We will become the preferred choice for astronomical information for the local media, schools, and general public.People will learn about telescopes including how to become involved in amateur astronomy as a hobby and how to select a telescope.People with gain a positive impression of science and WSU.