“New” Tarleton Planetarium to Debut Thursday

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Rachel Tuggle

TheFlashToday.com

STEPHENVILLE (Sept 2, 2015) – After receiving over half a million dollars in upgrades, the Tarleton Planetarium is open for business.

With the technology and equipment upgrades it received, the planetarium, located in the Lamar Johanson Science Building, will feature ten digital high-definition shows. Viewers will see the stars and planets as never before in this 86-seat planetarium. Beginning Thursday, visitors can see a full schedule of new shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons.

“The sensation of motion is so realistic that I’ve seen people grab onto the arms of their seats to hold on,” said planetarium manager Larry D. Barr, as he explained what the new state-of-the-art technology added to the 15-year-old facility. “We’ll be showing a much more authentic portrayal of the night sky—visitors actually will be able to see the individual colors of the stars.”

According to Dr. Shaukat Goderya, director of Tarleton’s Program for Astronomy Education and Research, the planetarium’s new high definition technology features 4000 lines of resolution per projection, higher than most movies and closer in realism to watching Blu-ray discs.

Featuring shows such as Losing the Dark, Seven Wonders and Stars of the Pharoahs, the planetarium is a “visualization laboratory for any subject,” says Goderya. “Old planetariums are very focused on astronomy. But we’ll be able to offer content in other areas, with technology examining the crystalline structure of rocks or the makeup of DNA.”

All shows at the Tarleton Planetarium are suitable for general audiences, with Saturday’s features focusing on elementary and middle school students. The planetarium’s various programs will encourage young people to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering or mathematics- STEM disciplines. Barr said, “If you get students excited while they’re young, they stay that way.”

Admission to the planetarium is 5 dollars per person or 4 dollars for senior citizens 65 and older and  military personnel, firefighters or police with a valid ID. Cash or checks are accepted. Visitors can park in P26 and P27 lots, which are adjacent to the Lamar Johanson Science Building. To schedule school groups, clubs or other gatherings at the Tarleton Planetarium, call 254-968-0523. Advance notice is requested for private screenings.


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The fall 2015 shows:

Thursdays

4 p.m.

Losing the Dark

Seven Wonders

Origins of Life

Stars of the Pharaohs

Seasonal Stargazing (Summer Short)

(Total Show Time: 56 minutes)

 

7 p.m.

Losing the Dark

Stars of the Pharaohs

Seven Wonders

Season Stargazing (Summer Long)

(Total Show Time: 56 minutes)

 

Fridays

7 p.m.

Losing the Dark

Stars of the Pharaohs

Seven Wonders

Seasonal Stargazing (Summer Long)

(Total Show Time: 56 minutes)

 

Saturdays

3 p.m.

Losing the Dark

Flight Adventures

Two Small Pieces of Glass

Mobius

(Total Show Time: 52 minutes)

 

4 p.m.

Losing the Dark

Seven Wonders

Origins of Life

Stars of the Pharaohs

Season Stargazing (Summer Short)

(Total Show Time: 56 minutes)

 

7 p.m.

Losing the Dark

Origins of Life

Seven Wonders

Seasonal Stargazing (Summer Long)

(Total Show Time: 77 minutes)


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