- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State University’s planetarium has closed its season for building renovations.

The renovations at Abrams Planetarium will include new interactive touch screens, an electronic display previewing upcoming shows, fresh coats of paint and a handicap-accessible ramp, the Lansing State Journal (https://on.lsj.com/2a4vvCl ) reported.

The touch screens were purchased using a $4,500 grant from the Dart Foundation. They’ll be displayed in the lobby, allowing kids to interact with stars and galaxies before setting foot inside the planetarium.

Planetarium director Shannon Schmoll said the improvements will pair nicely with the building’s $500,000 projection system that was added two summers ago.

“We’re still exploring our options with the new system,” she said. “But we can make full-color images to create more exciting programs for our visitors.”

Renee Leone, a co-founder of the Spartan Young Astronomers Club, said the changes are expected to be popular among the dozens of participants in the group in which children ages 8 to 12 can participate in various activities at the planetarium. Topics range from the moon’s formation to how it got its numerous craters.

“It’s relatively new technology coming to the planetarium and we plan to integrate as much of it as possible,” Leone said.

Planetarium staff will also add more artifacts from Talbert “Ted” and Leota Abrams, whose donations made the planetarium’s construction and opening in 1964 possible.

The planetarium will reopen for its 2016-2017 season on Sept. 23 with a show on the international competition to return to the moon.


Information from: Lansing State Journal, https://www.lansingstatejournal.com

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide