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Mobile planetarium awes attendees

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    Parents and excited kids lined up outside of the mobile planetarium at the library on Wednesday, July 31. Photos by Joshua Orr
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    Kids seated on the floor waited patiently for the presentation from Starts & Science Austin to begin.

On July 31, Starts & Science Austin brought their mobile planetarium to Elgin Public Library for kids to stargaze in the middle of the afternoon.

Stars & Science Austin is an Austin based company that has a mobile planetarium, as well as other various science activities, that can be brought to any location in central Texas.

The mobile planetarium was an inflatable structure that, on the inside, has a curved projector that can display the night sky and other images onto the ceiling. Lucia Brimer, cofounder of Stars & Science Austin and Science Educator, gave the presentation over the night sky in a way that all ages could understand and enjoy.

For example, the first part of the presentation, called Space Shapes, taught younger children that there is a difference between a flat round object and a spherical round object. It also challenged the children to question why an object appears as its shape when it is observed.