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DIY star projector


I’ve always had a soft spot for space. Stars and planets and everything bigger and beyonder are just too enticing not to stoke the imagination. Of all the various places in Toronto that have memberships and whatnot, the Science Centre is the only one we have committed to, and the planetarium there is usually the first place we hit when we go.

As a result, my fascination with space has infected my daughter. At three and a half she already knows the names of all the planets in our solar system and will willingly tell you all about them and some of their distinctive features (Jupiter is HUUUUUUUUGE and it goes around and around!!).

Though recently, either by development or by choice, she has become afraid of the dark, so I’ve been eagerly hunting for the ultimate night light for her: a DIY star projector for her room.

To that end I’ve stumbled across a few links that might be of value. I’ll keep this post updated with this project as it develops.

DIY Planetariums

Usually taking the shape of a dome with some light shining stuff inside, this isn’t exactly what I’m after. But it’s still cool.

Make Magazine’s DIY Planetarium Projectors and Museum.
A planetarium for every classroom  – plans for a dome and projector
Portable inflatable planetarium dome and accessories

DIY Star Projector

eHow: DIY Star Projector
DIY Romantic[?!?] Star Projector – One available to buy, but only if you’re in it for the romance.
Instructables: DIY LED Planetarium
Star Lamp from an Easter Egg

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