Popular Planetarium redone
Monday, October 1, 2007
The scope of the SCSU Planetarium was broadened this fall with installation of a powerful new projector that can bring more than 8,500 stars and 24 constellations and galaxies to students and the community.
The new projector replaces equipment installed in 1973, equipment 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 has 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 are in the Planetarium for astronomy classes.