Classic STARLAB® Cylinders

Manuals & Curriculum

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Cylinders

The STARLAB® Projection Cylinders are the secret to the versatility of STARLAB®. These interchangeable, computer-generated film cylinders fit over the projection lamp of the STARLAB® Projector to create vivid images on the inside of the STARLAB Dome. They make it easy to demonstrate the night sky, the inside of a biological cell, a global projection of the earth or ancient mythological characters.

Constant development of new cylinders, many in a variety of new disciplines, has made STARLAB® a truly versatile tool for every area of education. These cylinders may be purchased individually at any time, allowing you to add onto your system to accommodate your budgetary and curriculum needs.

Below is a complete list of cylinders for use with the STARLAB® Standard Projector and FiberArc Projector. Click on a cylinder name for pictures, manuals and detailed information.

Earth Science

SL-333 Earth
SL-336 Geologic Time
SL-335 Geocentric Earth
SL-334 Plate Tectonics
SL-337 Ocean Currents
SL-338 Weather

General Science

SL-365 Biological Cell
SL-368 Bird Migration

Custom Cylinders

SL-367 Transparent
Custom Custom Cylinder

 
 

Read rave reviews about the Starlab® Portable Planetarium!

"Inside the dome, a cylinder projector is not only able to show us the night sky devoid of any light pollution; it can take us on a journey from the South Pole to the Equator and on to the North Pole. We can see the sky as it looks right now in New Jersey as well as at the far end of the Australian outback. We can observe our whole galaxy and study the Solar System. We can look deep beneath the Earth's crust to see the tectonic plates and study causes and effects of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. STARLAB can also serve as a great vehicle for exploring different cultures. We can see the sky through the eyes of ancient Egyptians and Greeks, learn the legends of ancient China and Africa, and study the tales of Native Americans. . . . Having the STARLAB as a cross-curricular learning tool may open the door for our students to explore well beyond the realm of imagination."

Alexandra Lasevich, Upper School Math Teacher,
Kent Place School, Summit, New Jersey

 

The STARLAB® Projection Cylinders are the secret to the versatility of STARLAB®. These interchangeable, computer-generated mylar cylinders fit over the projection lamp of the STARLAB® Projector to create vivid images on the inside of the STARLAB® Dome. They make it easy to demonstrate the night sky, the inside of a biological cell, a global projection of the earth or ancient mythological characters.

Constant development of new cylinders, many in a variety of new disciplines, has made STARLAB® a truly versatile tool for every area of education. These cylinders may be purchased individually at any time, allowing you to add onto your system to accommodate your budgetary and curriculum needs.

"Inside the dome, a cylinder projector is not only able to show us the night sky devoid of any light pollution; it can take us on a journey from the South Pole to the Equator and on to the North Pole. We can see the sky as it looks right now in New Jersey as well as at the far end of the Australian outback. We can observe our whole galaxy and study the Solar System. We can look deep beneath the Earth's crust to see the tectonic plates and study causes and effects of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. STARLAB® can also serve as a great vehicle for exploring different cultures. We can see the sky through the eyes of ancient Egyptians and Greeks, learn the legends of ancient China and Africa, and study the tales of Native Americans. . . . Having the STARLAB® as a cross-curricular learning tool may open the door for our students to explore well beyond the realm of imagination."

-Alexandra Lasevich, Upper School Math Teacher,
Kent Place School, Summit, New Jersey

 


 

STARLAB Astronomy Cylinders. . .

Milky Way Starfield - Item #SL-321 or #SL-320
Download Starfield Manual

The Starfield Cylinder now includes an extraordinarily precise depiction of the Milky Way based on the beautiful and highly accurate all-sky panoramas created by Dr. Axel Mellinger. From July 1997 to April 2000 Mellinger used specialized tracking cameras and Kodak film to take 51 wide-angle photos of the northern and southern hemispheres. These precise images have been carefully adapted to the cylindrical starfield projection creating a night sky so detailed, one can easily pick out features like the Coal Sack and the Milky Way center, as well as the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds and Andromeda Galaxy.

The digitally-produced starfield simulates the night sky at any time, season or location on earth. Over 3,000 stars are projected to a limiting magnitude of 5.5 with the brightest stars individually lensed to produce intense pinpoint images. Star locations are accurate to within 1 minute of right ascension and 6 minutes of declination. Betelgeuse, Rigel, Antares, Spica, Arcturus, Capella and Pollux appear in full color. Twelve aperatures show the position of the sun throughout the year. For beginning and advanced astronomy.

Note: The Milky Way shown above is brighter than on the actual cylinder for web viewing purposes.

Urban Starfield - Item #SL-324
Download Urban Starfield Manual

This scaled-down version of the traditional Starfield Cylinder accurately simulates the night sky in areas where light pollution screens out a significant number of stars. The Urban Starfield cylinder features 600 stars, with the 14 brightest stars individually lensed. Perfect for beginning students of astronomy and/or people who live in urban areas.

Deep Sky Objects - Item #SL-327
Download Deep Sky Objects Manual

Ninety-six deep sky objects on a background of 3000 stars (including many of the Messier objects) are coded for easy recognition. The cylinder shows variable and double stars, open clusters, nebulae and galaxies. Detailed identification numbers/symbols and the object's location in right ascension and declination, as well as its relation to a nearby constellation, are shown. Applications: An excellent training device for learning telescope use. Perfect for junior high, high school and college students with an astronomy background.

Constellations - Item #SL-322
Download Constellations Manual

Using the well-known constellation identification system of H. A. Rey, this cylinder features the 48 major constellations, the ecliptic and celestial equator, colorfully displayed for the ultimate in visual retention. Applications: Star identification, planetary positions and the path of the sun and moon. Useful at all grade levels to facilitate rapid orientation for outdoor observations.

Celestial Coordinates - Item #SL-326
Download Celestial Coordinates Manual

A full projection of 3000 stars are displayed here against a background of the celestial coordinates, the ecliptic and the galactic equator. Right ascension is marked in 1 hour intervals, declination at 10° intervals, with precessional axis plus or minus 13,000 year increments. Extremely useful for angular measurement, location of faint celestial objects and spherical geometry. Applications: Physics, telescope use, positional astronomy, celestial navigation and precession at the junior high through college level.


Solar System & Galaxy - Item #SL-328

Download Solar System & Galaxy Manual

This exciting cylinder projects scaled representations of the sun and the principal bodies of the solar system in color with tables of basic statistics. The enormous distances between the planets are shown to scale. The cylinder also features a colored depiction of the Milky Way Galaxy, complete with spiral arms and a scaled distance line. Full supporting curriculum and suggested lesson plans are included. An indispensable aid for the teaching of astronomy for middle school and up!

Radio Sky - Item #SL-362
Download Radio Sky Manual

The observable universe beyond the thin slice of the visible spectrum is often overlooked. The Radio Sky Cylinder immerses the audience in the radio universe, yielding a firsthand experience with a part of the electromagnetic spectrum of which most are unaware. The program consists of a radio view of the sky projected on the portable planetarium dome which can be removed and replaced with the visible sky view of the Milky Way. Newspapers and magazines, television and the internet, broadcast almost daily, news about discoveries in astronomy that have been made at radio, millimeter, infrared, ultraviolet, x-ray, and gamma-ray wavelengths. This cylinder can help students relate to these discoveries and become excited about them. For middle and high school students, this cylinder is accompanied by a 16- page curriculum with background information, a cylinder script and activities.

Moon - Item #SL-369
Download Moon Manual

The most prominent feature in the night sky, to even the youngest children, is the Moon. The Moon is the only night-sky object beyond the clouds that appears larger than a dot. Yet, it is greatly misunderstood. Why it changes its phase, how it moves through the heavens, what the surface features really are — these are all aspects of the Moon that can be readily observed but that are plagued with misconceptions.

The Moon Cylinder, in conjunction with its curriculum guide, will help you teach your students about phases, eclipses, the Moon's motion through the heavens, and features on the Moon's surface. You will be able to examine and compare sites of the Apollo Moon landings, compare the near and far sides of the lunar surface, and distinguish between such surface features as highlands, maria, craters, mountains, ejecta rays, and rilles.

The cylinder comes with a masking cover, which can be used to obscure parts of the cylinder from view, thus keeping your students on task. With the phase identification activity, the wall mask is designed to allow viewing of only one phase at a time. This allows you to unveil the correct phase once your students' phase predictions have been cast. Recommended for elementary and middle school students.

 

 


 

STARLAB Earth Science Cylinders. . .

EarthPlate TectonicsOcean CurrentsWeather

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Earth - Item #SL-333
Download Earth Manual

This cylinder is a projection of the entire terrestrial globe including all of the earth's land and ocean masses. Longitude is displayed at intervals of 15º, latitude is displayed every 10º, with a scale of projection of 1 inch = 40 miles. It is superior to flat maps in its total elimination of distortion, and is useful for studying weather patterns, ocean currents, time zones, social studies and current events. For the study of geography, earth science, geology and navigation.

Note: also available, Item #SL-335 Geocentric Earth (view from the center of the earth)

Geologic Time - Item #SL-336
Download Geologic Time Manual

The Earth is old. Some stars that rage today were not even clouds of gas when it was born. The Earth has seen the rise and fall of planets and of galaxies. Its history is a long one, stretching back over a time so long that years are almost meaningless. As far as we know, it is the only world capable of supporting complex life, or indeed any kind of life at all. With the discover of hundreds of exoplanets, this may not always be the case. The possibility of extra-terrestrial life, even just bacteria, is one of the greatest concepts in all of science.

Plate Tectonics - Item #SL-334
Download Plate Tectonics Manual

This global projection is based on the work of Dr. Paul D. Lowman on the Continental Drift Theory at the Goddard Space Flight Center. This map shows active ridges, faults, spreading centers and volcanic activity over the past 1 million years. Identification keys are clearly visible, making earth science instruction at junior high through college levels easy to illustrate. For earth science and geology.

Ocean Currents - Item #SL-337
Download Ocean Currents Manual

This cylinder, similar in format to the Earth and Plate Tectonics cylinders, features both warm (red) and cold (blue) currents in the world's oceans. Along with the Go With the Flow curriculum by Gary D. Kratzer, the Ocean Currents cylinder will enable students to study the nature of currents, determine what causes them and discover the effects that the currents have on the earth. For earth science, weather patterns, the age of exploration, navigation and history.

Weather - Item #SL-338
Download Weather Manual

The Weather cylinder depicts the earth's atmospheric circulation patterns including location of the wind systems and jet streams, as well as high and low air pressure masses. This colorful cylinder, in conjunction with A Current Affair, a 20-page curriculum booklet by Gary D. Kratzer, enables students to interactively explore pressure systems, storm systems, longitude and latitude coordinate plotting and other global weather phenomena. Students can even investigate the significance of the wind systems on the routes of early explorers and lean how the jet streams influenced military decisions during World War II, Adds a new dimension to teaching earth science, weather patterns, the age of exploration, navigation and history.

 


 

STARLAB Mythology Cylinders. . .

Greek Mythology - Item #SL-352
Download Greek Mythology Manual

A colorful combination of traditional artwork and folklore for 45 classical Greek constellations is featured on a background of 3000 stars, making this cylinder an excellent introductory tool for locating constellations. A convenient identification key includes folk legends about each constellation. For astronomy, mythology, art, literature, social studies and ancient history for all grade levels.

African Mythology - Item #SL-359
Download African Mythology Manual

This colorful cylinder depicts constellation figures as seen by many African cultures such as the Dogon, Bushmen, Masai, Egyptians and more. The appearance of these constellations marked key events such as the beginning of the planting season, and signified important moral lessons. Useful for astronomy, mythology, art, literature, social studies and history for all grade levels.

Native American Mythology - Item #SL-354
Download Native American MythologyManual

This cylinder includes colorful outlines of figures from Native American folklore such as Long Sash, the Great Bear, First Man and Woman, Spider God and many others. An identification key contains legends drawn from the Navajo, Shoshoni, Blackfoot, Cherokee, Tewa, Hopi and Algonquin tribes. Excellent for use with K-6 students studying astronomy, social studies or language arts.

Navajo Skies - Item #SL-361
Download Navajo Skies Manual

This cylinder features over 30 extraordinary constellations of the night sky as visualized by the Navajo Indians of the American Southwest. An identification key contains traditional stories of the Sun, Moon, and stars including Revolving Male, Revolving Female, Coyote Tossing the Stars into the Sky, Bear and Thunderbird, and others. An accompanying curriculum guide explains the unique relationship the Navajos have with the stars, including the moral codes for a harmonious life. Useful for all grade levels studying astronomy, Native American cultures, social studies, and language arts.

Ancient Egyptian Culture - Item #SL-322
Download Ancient Egyptian Culture Manual

This cylinder shows a dramatic representation of the skies as seen by both Pharoahs and slaves of Ancient Egypt. An identification key contains descriptions and legends for 36 extraordinary constellations that represent religious, political and Egyptian social life upon a starry background. The position of the stars have been calculated for the year 2500 BC. The projection compensates correctly for the phenomenon known as precession. The supporting curriculum Ancient Egyptian Culture and the Stars, explains precession as well as the love, hope, fear and humor that the Egyptians felt for the lights in the sky. Useful for astronomy, mythology, and ancient history for all grades; archeoastronomy and positional astronomy for the high school level.

Chinese Mythology - Item #SL-458: Set of both Chinese cylinders

Much can be learned about the culture of the Ancient Chinese people by simply looking at the sky. Constellations were of tremendous significance and were carefully monitored by astronomers. Ceremonies, relationships and decisions of all types were structured around predictions based on these celestial figures. This window into the life of people in China 5,000-10,000 years ago can now be viewed in the STARLAB with two exciting cylinders. Each cylinder is useful for astronomy, mythology, art, literature, social studies and ancient history for all grade levels.

Ancient Chinese Legends - Item #SL-357
Download Ancient Chinese Legends Manual

Featuring more than 30 exciting, colorful constellations such as the Royal Couple, the Supreme Commander, the Awakening Snake, the Four Pillars of Heaven and the Prisoners of War, this celestial panorama is full of wonderful stories that represent the cultural ideas of the time.

Ancient Chinese Seasons - Item #SL-356
Download Ancient Chinese Seasons Manual

This vivid cylinder features the four beasts representing the ancient seasons: the White Tiger (autumn), the Black Tortoise (winter), the Blue Dragon (spring) and the Red Bird (summer). These beasts influenced every aspect of life of the Ancient Chinese. Each of these larger constellations contains smaller figures that serve as seasonal reminders.

Lapp/Sámi Sky Mythology - Item #SL-355

Download Lapp/Sámi Sky Mythology Manual

The Lapp (or Sámi) Mythology cylinder depicts the outlines of figures from Nordic Lapp folklore. The cylinder tells the story about a great Cosmic Moose Hunting Scene. The large constellation, Sarva, the Moose, is composed of several Greek constellations - Cassiopeia, Perseus, and Auriga. In the Nordic Lapp folklore, Gemini, Orion, Ursa Major and other figures are hunting Sarva. For astronomy, art, literature, social studies, and ancient history for all grade levels.

Hindu Mythology - Item #SL-322
Download Hindu Mythology Manual

The Hindu Mythology cylinder features over 30 exciting stories of constellations and stars collected from the Vedas, Ramayana, Malhabharta, and Puranana. These wonderful legends tell of the significance of a heavenly couple similar to Adam and Eve, an evil "blinking" star, hunters and warriors, explanations of the role of the sun and moon in the heavens, tales of monsters and fierce creatures, and much more. Useful for astronomy, mythology, art, literature, social studies, and ancient history for all grade levels.

Polynesian Voyaging - Item #SL-363
Download Polynesian Voyaging Manual

This cylinder displays the four star groups that are used for navigation in Hawaiian astronomy. These "star lines" run north to south and are marked by bright stars and prominent constellations. Star line 1, which translated means "The Canoe-Bailer of Makali'i" is formed by six stars, Capella, Castor and Pollux, Procyon, Sirius, and Canopus, curving across the sky from north to south in the shape of a bailer with Orion in the middle. Star line 2, "The Backbone", runs from Polaris and The Big Dipper near the north celestial pole through Arcturus to the Southern Cross near the south celestial pole. The stars in this line represent vertebrae along a backbone, a metaphor for a genealogical line with each vertebra representing a generation. Star line 3, "The Chief's Fishline", goes from Cassiopeia in the north to Scorpius in the south, and is dominated by the Navigator's Triangle, made up of Deneb, Vega, and Altair. Finally, the northern part of star line 4 or "The Kite of Kawelo" is made up of Cassiopeia and the Great Square of Pegasus, while the southern part includes Fomalhaut, Alnair, Dipha, Ankaa, and Achernar. The cylinder includes a 20-page curriculum with an introduction to Hawaiian Astronomy, a section on Polynesian Voyaging and Wayfinding, and complete descriptions (including traditional Hawaiian names) of the Hawaiian constellations and star lines.

Inuit Star Lore - Item #SL-364
Download Inuit Star Lore Manual

This cylinder created by Ole Knudsen takes the students on a journey of the constellations and star lore of the Arctic night sky as related by Inuit elders. Much of the lore is based on extensive research from John MacDonald's book entitled The Arctic Sky(available from Amazon).

Of the arctic cultures and beliefs much has been written down by various travellers, anthropologists and other friends of the Arctic peoples, the Inuit. It is also obvious that much has been lost forever. In the few written accounts surviving only a few constellations are mentioned; between ten and twenty. There is some reason to believe that in the old days many more existed, but the cultural chain has been broken and knowledge of Inuit stars and star lore is not a living thing among the young anymore. This cylinder and notes are mainly an attempt to give the stars back to the children of the Arctic.

There seems to have been a twofold use of the stars and constellations. One use is very practical and pragmatic: for timekeeping and for navigation. The other use, mainly for the same stars and constellations was for storytelling. This could be just a pastime or a way of teaching the proper way to behave in a world of gods and spirits. The myths, legends and stories cited here are as they were recorded. They reflect the values and thoughts of a people that has survived the harsh arctic conditions for millennia.

 


 

Additional STARLAB Cylinders. . .

Bird MigrationBiological CellTransparent Cylinder with Pen Set

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Bird Migration - Item #SL-368
Download Bird Migration Manual

Bird migration is a worldwide phenomenon that happens for many varied reasons including temperature changes, seasonal fluctuations in food supplies, breeding needs, and territorial considerations. Routes vary from species to species, as well as from individual to individual. How routes are found and followed is a fascinating aspect of this yearly pilgrimage that scientists are exploring. The Bird Migration Cylinder and accompanying curriculum feature the general migration routes of fourteen specific bird species, as well as an overview of several different types of typical migrations. In addition, the cylinder features prevailing winds, mountain ranges, and magnetic poles that help students to understand the ways birds use these naturally occurring phenomena, and the location of already established bird communities, to assist (or hinder) them in reaching their seasonal destination. Activities can be adapted for Grades 3 and up.

Biological Cell - Item #SL-365
Download Biological Cell Manual

This one million-time magnification of a composite cell demonstrates the workings of a one-celled organism. The processes of cellular digestion and reproduction are illustrated in vivid color. Endoplasmic reticulum, ribosomes, mitochondria, the Golgi complex, secretion vesicle, lysosomes, pinocytotic vesicles, microvilli, cilia, chromosomes and nucleolus are clearly displayed. An identification key is conveniently located on the cylinder. An ideal introduction to cellular biology.

Transparent Cylinder with Pen Set - Item #SL-367
Download Transparent Cell Manual

Let your imagination go wild! Create your own STARLAB cylinder with this clear film cylinder and set of four colored pens (blue, green, red and black). The drawings can be easily wiped off and the cylinder used again and again. Includes a 44-page curriculum guide with tips, curriculum ideas and sample art. Unlimited applications. Shown above "Nature at Night" and "Pond Life" created by the Hamilton County Park District in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Custom Designed Cylinder - Item #Custom
NEW! Create a Custom Cylinder for only $2,500! We will gladly reproduce your custom images onto your own STARLAB cylinder. Image's must be authentic and owned by you, loaded onto Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, and fit into 10x33.25" area. If you prefer, you can send us images which we will assemble into a cylinder, subject to your approval.
Please contact our STARLAB representative for ordering at 1-800-875-3214 or starlab@starlab.com.

 


 

STARLAB Cylinders for Social Studies. . .

Maya SkiesLewis & Clark Celestial NavigationThe Civil War Sky

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Maya Skies - Item #SL-360
Download Maya Skies Manual

The Maya Skies Cylinder projects the glyphs representing the sun, moon, eclipses, planets, stars, constellations and the Milky Way as seen by the Maya people. Maya Skies is paired with The World of the Maya curriculum featuring 25 activities concerning the culture and beliefs of the Maya. Together, the cylinder and curriculum help students to understand the motions of the moon and Venus, as well as learn how to do simple mathematics, undertake the construction of a Maya book, determine how dates in the Maya calendar compare to the Gregorian calendar, and decipher Maya glyphs. These materials are useful for teaching social studies, geography, astronomy, mathematics, and art at the upper elementary through high school level.

Lewis & Clark Celestial Navigation - Item #SL-329
Download Lewis & Clark Celestial Navigation Manual

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the expedition of Lewis & Clark, this cylinder projects the Celestial Equator, the lines of right ascension and declination, the ecliptic, the zodiacal constellations, the Precession Circle and constellations, and the North Celestial Pole and shows either the position of the sun at the equinoxes and the solstices, or the moon phases (new, full or quarters) in relation to the sun. Twenty-six student activities demonstrate how Lewis and Clark used celestial navigation to determine their location in the uncharted territory of the mid and northwest United.States.

The Civil War Sky - Item #SL-330
Download The Civil War Sky Manual

This cylinder offers an exciting and innovative approach to teaching Civil War history through astronomy. It features a colorful aurora borealis, a series of comets that were common in the mid-nineteenth century including Swift-Tuttle, Tebbutt, and Enck as well as several meteor showers, a zodiacal light, and the vertical alignment of the planets in 1862. It is complemented by a curriculum entitled The Celestial Relationships in the American Civil War by Bernice-Marie Yates, Ph.D. with ten interdisciplinary student activities that demonstrate the relationships between history, astronomy, science, fine arts, geography, language arts and computer technology.