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Most modern planetarium between Chicago and Phoenix: UNK's new planetarium now open to the public
Antelope Staff
Photo by Alex Morales
The planetarium is visible through floor-to-ceiling windows in Bruner Hall. The large room housing the planetarium remains lit throughout the night, giving it a glow similar to the one seen here.
Photo by Alex Morales
UNK students Tomonoba Aozasa, Hao Lan and Masami Morizono get a little galactic insight before a celestial session in the planetarium. The planetarium is Nebraskas newest star theater.

The UNK Planetarium features a state-of-the-art projector, the Zeiss Skymaster ZKP4, which was funded by a generous NASA education grant. Each of the 7,000 stars is individually projected on the dome with fiber optic technology.  The space and time functions of the projector are completely computer controlled.  We can navigate to any place in the world and any date in the past or future with the push of a button.  The planetarium also features a movie theater surround sound system.  As an added treat, the red/blue/green LED lighting system will allow an infinite variety of lighting moods to enhance the star shows. Lastly, a behind-the-scenes computerized control system will integrate the various technologies into a cohesive star theater. The UNK Planetarium is currently the most modern planetarium between Chicago and Phoenix.
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Upcoming shows:
Feb. 5: Star Stories
Feb. 12: Star Stories
March 5: Planetarium on Parade
March 12: Planetarium on Parade
April 2: Star Stories
April 9: Star Stories
May 7: Planetarium on Parade
May 14: Planetarium on Parade

Admission is free, though donations of dry or canned food to the local food pantry are welcome. All shows begin at 7 p.m. If seating capacity is exceeded, an encore show will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are handed out on a first come, first serve basis.


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