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Pleasures of the Planetarium: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Literally a one-stop shop for your stargazing needs, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History boasts a buffet of astronomical offerings. There’s the Gladwin Planetarium, which puts on interactive shows where watchers can ask the presenter questions and participate in the show; there are shows everyday during the summer, including Spanish-language shows on Sunday. Then there’s the Space Lab, whose Magic Planet exhibit features meteorites, an infrared camera, and a gravity well. And then there are astronomy summer camps, community programming (such as the National Astronomy Day festival and expert lectures), and the continual dissemination of space-related information to the greater public, including recent experts who helped demystify the 2012 end-of-the-world theories. See

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