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Newly Reopened Planetarium’s Rich History

Thanks to departmental funding and with help from a competitive provost award, a new projector has been purchased for the Morrill Hall Planetarium, equipping the university’s two resident astronomers, Elliott Horch and Dana Casetti, with a critical learning tool that has been noticeably absent for decades. The new projector joins an older projector that has been in the planetarium for decades.

With joint management by the Physics and Earth Science departments, the hope is to bring students across interdisciplinary lines to nourish curiosity and build awareness around the university’s work in astronomy and astrophysics.

An article in The Daily Nutmeg explores in depth the history of the campus planetarium and its two projectors, one a Spitz projector, developed by Spitz Laboratories in the 1950s, and the other a new Evans & Sutherland digital projector.

Read the article – “Star Tech” (By David Zukowski, The Daily Nutmeg, March 15, 2023)

A scene from a recent planetarium show

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