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Taken in Madison, By Jeff moreau

MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – “My favorite planet is Jupiter because it’s big, the biggest planet,” Second grader Macy Weaver explained as she crawled out of the Von Braun Astronomical Society’s portable planetarium at West Madison Elementary on Wednesday.

Each grade has had the opportunity to spend time in the space-themed dome this week. Retired Aerospace Engineer James Brelsford is the VBAS educator, and said he loves showing children some neat aspects of space.

“Seeing the twinkle in their eyes, telling them stories, about constellations and how they got formed, is very exciting,” Brelsford said.

Planets, constellations and groups of stars covered the roof of the portable planetarium. The starry show gives kids an opportunity to view the night sky during the day.

“We’re able to bring those stars to the classroom during the day,” Brelsford said. “Which, you would normally have to be here at night.”

For families, the Von Braun Astronomical Society hosts public planetarium shows on Monte Sano each Saturday at 7:30 p.m.