Civil Air Patrol

Cadets see stars at local planetarium

Photo by: Lt. Col. Steve Michaels - Planetarium director Jean Creighton describes the earth's place in the solar system before turning down the lights.

Oak Creek, Wis. – How far away is a star?  What is the Big Bang Theory; besides a TV show?  What is the value of space exploration?  Civil Air Patrol’s Milwaukee Composite Squadron #5 located in Oak Creek, learned the answers to these questions and used star charts to find various constellations in the sky during a recent visit to UWM’s Manfred Olson Planetarium.  Cadets and seniors also took a tour of the solar system learning about the motion of the earth, planets and important moons.

The Planetarium is housed in the Department of Physics at UWM.  Stars, planets, the sun and the moon are projected on the theater’s 30-foot dome.  Visitors can see visual effects such as a rotating Milky Way Galaxy and the Aurora Borealis.

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