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Students gaze at the artificial constellations inside the Star Lab at Dennis Earl Elementary. Pictured left to right: Blake Collinson, Luke Baker, Anthony Rose, Kinsley McFarland, Briana Maldonado, Kiran Soomal, Isabella Perez and Diego Ferrada. - photo by JONATHAN MCCORKELL / The Journal

First-grade students from Dennis Earl Elementary School in Turlock were able to stare in wonder at constellations inside of a Star Lab Planetarium on Thursday. Earl Elementary borrowed the planetarium from the Stanislaus County Office of Education for a one-day star lab.

“The star lab really gets them interested in stars. In sixth grade there is a lot of mythology so kids really get a visual of what they are learning,” said Susan Nystrom, a fifth-grade teacher and Star Lab instructor at Earl.