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Our Place in Space

The Scale of the Universe!

Discover our place in space! Students will learn about the scale of the universe, discover how
distance affects the appearance and luminosity of stars, and explore observable patterns of change that arise from the motions of the Earth, Moon, Sun, stars and galaxies. Activities include using powers of ten to understand scale, measuring the relationship between distance and brightness, and modeling how and why the seasons change. Participants work directly with OMSI educators in small group settings.

This lab takes place inside the Kendall Planetarium and utilizes the dome screen to go along with the OMSI educator’s presentation.

This program is specifically designed for grades 3 through 8.

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Program Capacity

This program has capacity for 8-16 students per session, up to 2 sessions per day on select weekdays.

Scheduling Requirements

Programs must be scheduled with at least two weeks’ advance notice. Spots are limited so reaching out further in advance will increase the likelihood of reserving the lab and date you are interested in.

If you have questions, please contact us at 503.797.4661 or register@omsi.edu.

Field Trip Details

Reserved Labs do not include museum admission. If you are also wanting to explore OMSI’s exhibit halls during your visit you will need to add on museum admission tickets to your field trip reservation.

Next Generation Science Standards

OMSI supports educators with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) requirements by providing corresponding programming, opportunities, and resources for them and their students.  Reach out to learn more about specific ways that OMSI experiences align with and support science standards.

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