Window to the Stars

Friday, September 28, 2007

Window to the Stars

A powerful new projector broadened the scope of the SCSU Planetarium this fall, bringing more than 8,500 stars and 24 constellations and galaxies to students and the community.

The new projector replaces equipment installed in 1973 that allowed observers to take in 3,000 stars and constellations. Thanks to fiber optics technology, the new projector can instantaneously display the skies at any time in the past, present or future. The views can also be from any spot on Earth or in the solar system.

Despite the 34-year-old projector’s limitations, the Planetarium presented an average of 80 shows a year to more than 5,000 Central Minnesota students and adults. That’s in addition to the SCSU students who visited the Planetarium for astronomy classes.

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