Winter 2011 Newsletter
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New Magic Planet at Danish Planetarium a Success
Vermont Museum Finds the Magic Planet to be a "Powerful Teaching Tool"
Scientists in Russia use Magic Planet to Display Custom Geoscience Visuatizations
Minnesota School Uses Magic Planet with other Technologies to Inspire Students
Magic Planet Helps South Africans Illustrate Ocean Sciences
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New Magic Planet at Danish
Planetarium a Success!

  An instructor shows students the Magic Planet
tyco2Each year, over 250,000 visitors pass through the doors of the Tycho Brahe Planetarium in Copenhagen, Denmark. Starting in May of 2010, visitors to the planetarium were treated to a new addition: The educational and engaging Magic Planet®.

The 30" (76cm) pedestal system with an EVO projector offers visitors to Tycho Brahe a glimpse into the dynamic features of the planets and major moons. The planetarium has utilized the free NASA / ESA "Solar System Tour" interface to educate their visitors, and they recently launched a bilingual (Danish/English) version of the touch-screen in the summer of 2010. 

The planetarium's Magic Planet was fully funded by the Nordea Foundation, a charitable Danish foundation committed to activities that are "good for both body and soul." It was housed in the permanent Active Universe exhibit, which includes a model of the International Space Station and the planets of the Solar System hanging from the ceiling.

"The Magic Planet gives our visitors a unique opportunity to experience the dynamics of weather and other phenomena on Earth." Said Dr. Michael J.D. Linden-Vørnle, "[The] Magic Planet is a formidable outreach tool for astronomy and space science... Both we and our visitors love it!"

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Vermont Museum Finds the Magic Planet
to be a "Powerful Teaching Tool"

   Visitors get an up-close look at Earth 
MontshireA Vermont museum is now utilizing a 30" (76cm) Magic Planet installation for its new Dynamic Earth exhibit. Montshire Museum of Science is a regional science center in Norwich, Vermont serving 140,000 people a year through its exhibits and programs. As a focal point of the museum's newest exhibit, the Magic Planet shows weather trends, ocean currents and plate tectonics. The display is not only dynamic, but also interactive. Some of the animations used by the museum were available in the library of visualizations that came preloaded on the Magic Planet system; other visualizations came from NOAA's Science on a Sphere user group website.

Greg DeFrances, Director of Education at the Museum, said that the Magic Planet "can be an extremely powerful teaching tool, which can help the public better understand the underlying forces of the Earth's major processes."

Each Magic Planet has the potential to tell a wide variety of compelling stories, from the effects of ocean currents on climate to the movements of the Earth's crust. Whether it's climate, the biosphere, geologic history, cultural heritage, or Egyptian antiquities, a Magic Planet is an ideal interactive tool for inspiring creativity and curiosity.

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Scientists in Russia use Magic Planet to
Display Custom Geoscience Visualizations
A demonstration of the Earth's magnetic field
GCRASThe Geophysical Center at the Russian Academy of Science (GC RAS) has become the first Russian owner of a Magic Planet.  GC RAS's 24" (61cm) Tabletop EVO model serves unique purposes, both as an educational device and a data visualization tool.

One of the first functions of the Magic Planet was to interpret changes in the Earth's magnetic field from 1500 to 2010. The Magic Planet will also help illustrate GC RAS's long-term goal of an intellectual Geographic Information System for the entire territory of Russia.

GC RAS plans on using the Magic Planet to present achievements and educate the general public at exhibitions, conferences, and workshops. The powerful data visualization capabilities of the Magic Planet have helped the Geophysical Center communicate complex concepts.

"The Magic Planet is a brilliant instrument which brings the technology of geoscience data visualization up to a new level," said GC RAC's Roman Krasnoperov. "Presentations made using this digital device become vivid and interesting for both prominent academicians and schoolchildren."

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Minnesota School Uses Magic Planet with Other Technologies to Inspire Students

 Mayo High School Students with the Magic Planet         
Mayo HighAt the Mayo High School Planetarium in Rochester, MN, students are using the Magic Planet to immerse themselves in our solar system. The 36" (91cm) pedestal system is helping students test scientific hypotheses while experiencing interactive visualizations of the science of outer space. And because the images are vividly displayed on the sphere in high-resolution imagery, students are given a realistic representation of the atmospheres and features of the planets.

"I grew up during that marvelous period of time when human footprints on the moon were made a reality," Said Larry Mascotti, teacher at Mayo Senior High School. "Another generation is searching for the inspiration and the teachable moment that the lunar lenses provided. [The] Magic Planet can bring these lessons into the classroom."

The astronomy lesson at Mayo High School was used in combination with a SMART Board and electronic clickers to include the students in the process of discovering answers. The Magic Planet is easily compatible with SMART Boards and other educational technologies to help students interact with their lessons. You can learn more by calling (408)866-6800, or by writing us at
Magic Planet Helps South Africans
Illustrate Ocean Sciences

 SAEON staff teaching visitors about the oceans
The South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) is using a 16" (41cm) Magic Planet to enhance understanding of ocean sciences across South Africa.  SAEON is supported by South Africa's National Research Foundation. Although SAEON has only used the Magic Planet for four months, it is proving to be a highly popular attraction in South African schools, National Marine Week events and even at a presentation for South African Navy cadets.

"The Magic Planet is an ideal tool to accelerate and support the integration of environmental sciences into the school curriculum," said Thomas Mtontsi, Education Outreach Officer for SAEON.

SAEON is utilizing the software and data that comes packaged with the Magic Planet, which includes ocean science data sets such as tsunamis, world climate dynamics, ocean currents and weather phenomena such as El Nino. Receive more information about the educational benefits of Magic Planet by writing us at, or by dialing (408)866-6800.

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