Date Night: Planetarium
"Stars are like friends; there's always some around, you just need to find your favorite one." --submitted by Jessie
What exactly is a planetarium?
A planetarium is a room with a dome-shaped ceiling designed to reflect light. The planetarium can duplicate the motion of the stars and planets as they might be observed from any point on Earth using a projector or other type of device. It can easily simulate any complex motions of the heavens from any viewpoint. If you love the stars, this will be a real treat.
Where can I find a planetarium?
Below are links to web sites that reference nearly every planetarium world wide.
Planetaria locations throughout the US.
How do I make it more romantic?
Not all cities have a planetarium, and frankly, you may just want a cozy night at home for two instead. This at-home version fits the bill quite nicely.
First, you'll need to pick up a home version planetarium. This will then transpose your ceiling into a replica of the night sky. Now, all you need to do is set the mood!
If you plan on doing this in your living room, bring out the pillows and blankets and make a cozy place to cuddle and stare at the stars. Then, plan a little indoor picnic. While you're gazing, try some of the ideas mentioned above, like creating your own constellation. You can find plenty of information about the stars at Sky & Telescope Magazine's web site. When you're done complete the evening with a movie about space exploration such as Contact.