As children, those with children, and star gazers everywhere, a planetarium is a magical place. The theater-style structure concerning all things astronomy and the night sky, typically takes the form of a large, dome-shaped, building with a projector and screen where stars, planets, and other celestial objects are visible, even moving in a realistic fashion to simulate outer space.
A structure with a similar shape but with a different, sinister, purpose, The Death Star, from Star Wars films is another magical place.
In the Star Wars series, the Death Star is portrayed as a fictional moon-sized space station/superweapon capable of destroying a planet with a single destructive beam. To the best of my knowledge, no planetarium is capable of making a similar claim.
Moreover, the Death Star is a structure has a crew of 265,675, 52,276 gunners, 607,360 troops, 30,984 stormtroopers, 42,782 ship support staff, and 180,216 pilots and support crew. Weapons on the Death Star include: assault shuttles, blastboats, strike cruisers, land vehicles, support ships, 7,293 TIE fighters, 10,000 turbolaser batteries, 2,600 ion cannons, and at least 768 tractor beam projectors. To say the Death Star was a massive item and a formidable weapon of intergalactic war is putting it mildly.
For those that love planetariums and Star Wars, particularly the Death Star, alike, there’s a new item you’ll want to own. From the Neatoshop comes the “Death Star Planetarium!”
What will your $29.99 get you? Features include:
- Transforms darkened room into a planetarium
- Table top unit projects the star map of the Star Wars galaxy and Earth’s own night sky
- Learning guide / instructions included
While not as large as a traditional planetarium or the Death Star, look at the joy on the young man’s face above. Don’t you want the same for you and/or your children?
If so, will you pick up a Death Star Planetarium and explore the wonderful world of Star Wars in the privacy of your own home?