Eye on the sky
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
A powerful new projector to be installed this summer will broaden the scope of the SCSU Planetarium, bringing more than 8,500 stars and 24 constellations and galaxies to students and the community.
The projector will replace 34-year-old equipment that gave observers 3,000 stars and constellations. Thanks to fiber optics technology, the new equipment 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.
In addition to the university’s astronomy students, every year as many as 5,000 people enjoy SCSU Planetarium shows, which are presented to student groups of all ages as well as to the public during the popular public Astronomy Nights offered every semester.
The planetarium is the only one in the state that offers all shows at no cost. The project, which includes the new projector and renovation of the Planetarium dome, will cost $790,000.