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Reality break

We show movies in our classroom on the weekends... big screen, computer projection, nice surround-sound system. I enjoy the presentation as much as the movie.

So last night, in honor of the 40th anniversary, we showed Apollo 13. Halfway into the film, Dan snuck out, took a look at the sky, and had us pause the film to go look at the real moon through our 8" Dobsonian.

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apostle_of_eris
Apr. 18th, 2010 11:55 am (UTC)
first!
First time I've ever used that claim, so first! twice:
Yesterday's APOD.
michelleqm
Apr. 18th, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
movies & star gazing
Sounds awesome! In the summer, my brother tacks a sheet on the side of his house (on a farm in the country), brings out his projector and laptop, big speakers and runs a double-feature. Meanwhile the star gazers have a telescope on the top of the hill at my dad's. Both events require darkness, but with your method, you don't have to choose!
selidor
Apr. 19th, 2010 06:59 am (UTC)
We tend to do both with our outreach programs: first give them the 3d movie, then take them out to see the sky.
I'll be sure to mention Apollo 13 to the group of visiting Zonta club members we'll have on Wednesday. Many of them will probably remember it.

There's nothing like walking away from the computer, and going out and looking up at the sky...
brotherguy
Apr. 19th, 2010 09:29 am (UTC)
Oh; you don't remember. In fact, probably the majority of my friends on LJ are too young to remember.

Too young, that is, to remember when the movie came out. Forget about the actual event.

Urp.

Just hand me my cane, sonny...
mabfan
Apr. 20th, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
I was not quite two months old when Apollo 13 happened. Mom told me I sat on her lap as they watched the TV broadcasts, and everyone worried about the astronauts.

Edited at 2010-04-20 05:42 pm (UTC)
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