Spitz Planetarium

Description
Armand Spitz was a newspaperman and science educator who began developing planetariums in the early 1940s. His planetariums proliferated in the aftermath of Sputnik, and may be said to have democratized astronomy education. Inexpensive and easy to use, they brought planetarium shows into schools, colleges, and other community buildings around the country. The A2, introduced in the summer of 1958, was the most popular model. This example was made by the Spitz Laboratories, Inc. in Yorklyn, Delaware, and was used at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, Maryland.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
planetarium
Date made
ca 1960
inventor
Spitz, Armand
maker
Spitz Laboratories, Inc.
Physical Description
aluminum (overall material)
plywood (overall material)
glass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 94 in x 60 in x 28 in; 238.76 cm x 152.4 cm x 71.12 cm
Place Made
United States: Delaware, Yorklyn
ID Number
1988.0477.01
catalog number
88.477.1
accession number
1988.0477
catalog number
1988.0477.01
subject
Astronomy
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Science & Mathematics
Sputnik
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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