FAIRBANKS - Scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Alaska Museum of the North are joining forces to bring rural Alaska its first digital planetarium.
UAF purchased the digital planetarium last year.
The project is being funded with a $488,000 grant from NASA. The grant will support development of the program, as well as establishing "NASA Days" in rural communities over the next three years.
"NASA Days" will include planetarium shows for schoolchildren, workshops with teachers and science nights highlighting NASA research.
As much as possible, the program will try to relate NASA research to conditions in Alaska.
For example, one science night could involve looking at Arctic sea ice to see how it compares to the ice on Jupiter's moon Europa.