The 50th anniversary of the Fairbanks Museum of Natural Science Planetarium and the new Peacham astronomy center give us ample reason to celebrate the quest for knowledge and the strong educational spirit in our area. Northern Skies Observatory is up and running. The huge 17-inch robotic telescope is functional, and computer technology to run it is in place at seven pilot schools.

This is cutting edge stuff, but it is not the first time that the Kingdom has been on the cutting edge in the study of astronomy. For 50 years, students from virtually all of the Kingdom's schools have traveled to the Museum to learn about the stars while gazing up into an accurate mock-up of the cosmos. Now, they will look up at the real thing through a real, and really powerful telescope.

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