TRIPS goes to the Flandrau

Bonnie Hyra

Stars. Galaxies. Constellations. All of this and much more was highlighted on February 2 for the TRIPS committee 30 member tour group.

The Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium is located on the University of Arizona campus. The group experienced a beautiful journey through the Tucson Sky and Beyond on the sky dome. Tour members were wowed with the descriptions of the constellations named by the Romans, sometimes difficult to explain their imaginations. Tucson has the distinction as America’s only Night Sky. Several telescopes are located throughout the greater Tucson area.

Dynamic Earth was the second presentation by the Flandrau. This was a narrated film defining why earth can support life and not Venus or Mars. Explanation of the contribution of our oceans was extremely interesting. Also noted was the devastation of the glaciers as the earth warms.

A puzzles/problem solving experience was also exhibited on the main floor with the outstanding Mineral exhibit included in the basement.

Hundreds of mineral pieces are displayed in this world-class museum, which is not to be missed.

Following all of these educational experiences, the TRIPS group lunched at the Arizona Room on the U.A. campus. Long-time residents were making friends with some new arrivals. All felt it was a wonderful day excursion.

All TRIPS tours are open to all residents of Quail Creek. Trips are announced in What’s Happening a few days before the registration date.

Registration is always at the Concierge Desk with cash or check. For more information call 777-4230.