9 Destinations That Leave Us Starstruck

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Sir Richard Branson can step aside, because sending your mini-Galileo to the Milky Way has never been easier. From world-renowned institutions to intimate space settings, budding stargazers can reach the outer limits of the galaxy without leaving Planet Earth. Flip through the gallery below for nine spots worthy of your cosmos-crazed kiddo.

Hastings Museum Planetarium – Hastings, Ne

There are two projectors at the Hastings Museum Planetarium. One is the Minolta MS-8, which offers a jaw-dropping realistic representation of the night sky (more than 3,500 stars!), and the other is a full dome projector, added in 2008, which allows Museum staff to show astronomy-related films that fill the entire smooth dome—putting viewers in the middle of the action. There’s also a must-see, free Solar Observation event every fourth Saturday of the month.

Insider Tip: Hastings, Ne is the birthplace of Kool-Aid! Stop by the exhibit, Discover the Dream, and walk through the history of the classic soft drink.

Online: hastingsmuseum.org/planetarium

photo: courtesy Hastings Museum of Natural History

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