Astronomy and Space Exploration

The Cowboy Astronomer

Star Legends and Cowboy Tales from the Western Outdoors

A skillfully woven tapestry of star tales and Native American legends, combined with constellation identification, star-hopping, and astronomy tidbits – all told from the unique viewpoint of a cowboy astronomer who has traveled the world plying his trade and learning the sky along the way. The basic premise of »The Cowboy Astronomer« is simple: We’re in the Western outdoors, listening to star legends and cowboy tales around the campfire. He talks about star colors and temperatures – and we see how blue stars are hotter than red stars by the chili pepper ratings beneath them! We find the Andromeda Galaxy by hitting a first-base foul out of the park of the Great Baseball Diamond In The Sky. Along the way, we learn about young stars and supernovae, and what various cultures called the Pleiades. And, we hear two Native American star tales.


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Duration 37 min
Target audience General public audiences
Technology Fulldome show of 2D computer animated graphics
Orientation Unidirectional; suitable for concentric seating
Available resolution 2k, 3k
Production/year Loch Ness Productions, 2006
Languages English, ask for other languages