Planetarium shines as new star at Tarleton

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By Sydney Burns—

Special to Texan News

The stars are aligned again inside Tarleton State University’s newly renovated planetarium. After making its renovation debut on Sept. 3, the planetarium welcomes guests to take a seat under its 40-foot dome and experience the wonders of space.

The planetarium is located just inside the Tarleton State University’s Lamar Johanson Science Building. As a result of over half a million dollars worth of technology and equipment, the planetarium now includes the “latest technology called full dome video,” said planetarium Manager Larry Barr in an interview.

Pictured above is a view of the inside of the planetarium. (Photo by Cameron Cook, Texan News Service)

Pictured above is a view of the inside of the planetarium.
(Photo by Cameron Cook, Texan News Service)

The planetarium features a 5.1 full surround sound system and has the capability to seat 86. It also features 4,000 lines of resolution per projection, which is a higher resolution than most movies, Dr. Shaukat Goderya said in a Tarleton media release.

The planetarium was originally built in 2001 when the Science Building reopened after renovations. Then, in late November 2014, the planetarium began technology and equipment updates that required it to stop public screenings for just over 10 months.

Barr explained that, although they were able to begin viewing content in the planetarium by early June 2015, they did not officially open to the public until early September.

Since reopening, the planetarium has begun slowly regaining its momentum. Each year, it draws approximately 15,000 visitors.  Most of these visitors are students from Pre-K to grade 6, some traveling from up to 200 miles. It does stay open year round, but April, May and June will always be its

busiest months due to school curriculum schedules, said Barr.

The planetarium resides within the Lamar Johanson Science Building. (Photo by Keauno Perez, Texan News Service)

The planetarium resides within the Lamar Johanson Science Building.
(Photo by Keauno Perez, Texan News Service)

Because the planetarium hosts many ages, it offers a wide array of shows. Barr explained that “not all shows are purely astronomical.” Whether guests are there for educational purposes or entertainment, every show has something to take away from. As Goderya explained in a Tarleton press release, the planetarium is a “visualization laboratory for any subject including biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, oceanography, weather and art.”

Currently, the planetarium offers 10 digital high definition shows, including Seven Wonders and Loosing The Dark. However, with the renovations, the planetarium has the capability to run more than 200 shows. As Barr explained, “If there is more demand, then we’ll run more shows.”

The shows that are currently available are as follows:

Thursdays:

4 p.m.: Losing The Dark, Seven Wonders Trailer, Origins of Life Trailer, Stars of the Pharaohs and Seasonal Short (Summer Short)

7 p.m.: Losing The Dark, Stars of the Pharaohs Trailer, Seven Wonders and Seasonal Stargazing (Summer Long)

Friday:

7 p.m.: Losing The Dark, Stars of the Pharaohs Trailer, Seven Wonders and Seasonal Stargazing (Summer Long)

Saturday:

3 p.m.: Losing The Dark, Flight Adventures, Two Small Pieces of Glass and Mobius

4 p.m.: Losing The Dark , Seven Wonders Trailer, Origins of Life Trailer, Stars of the Pharaohs and Seasonal Short (Summer Short)

7 p.m.: Losing The Dark, Origins of Life, Seven Wonders and Seasonal Stargazing (Summer Long)

The planetarium offers showings to the public Thursday through Saturday. Admission is $5 per person or $4 for senior citizens 65 years and older. Advance notice is requested for private screenings for school or other group showings. If interested, call (254)-968-0523.

For more information about the planetarium,  visit www.tarleton.edu/planetarium.

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