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EKU Hummel Planetarium Grand Re-Opening Ceremony

The "wow" is back at Eastern Kentucky University's Hummel Planetarium.

Recent equipment upgrades have made the 27-year-old facility an even more attractive option for campus uses, for school groups from around the region, and to the public. Grand re-opening ceremonies were held at the planetarium on Thursday, May 21. Featured speakers were State Rep. Rita Smart, Kentucky Commissioner of Tourism Mike Mangeot and Dr. Anthony Blose, chair of EKU's Department of Physics and Astronomy.

"With the capabilities of the current system, the wow factor will probably be even greater than it would have before," said Blose. "That is the first step toward getting a student interested in astronomy and science in general."

In addition to the featured programs, especially of interest to children, the upgrades provide a "sky" for the planetarium. At the conclusion of public shows and some showings for schools, Planetarium Manager James Hughes can now project that evening's night sky, outline and label major constellations and planets, show orbit lines and even take guests on virtual trips to any destination with the click of a computer mouse. Click here to continue reading.

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