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Because the primary mission of the planetarium is to instruct LBCC students, and because of lack of support staffing, at this time we are not offering K-12 shows, and are offering only limited public shows.


The planetarium is being used for all LBCC Astronomy Classes. It will take time for the instructors to become familiar with the equipment, and far more time to fully integrate the planetarium's capabilities into their classes; but the planetarium should considerably enhance the class experience, right from the beginning.

Both Professors Seligman and Sholle are busy learning and integrating the planetarium projection system into their astronomy courses. Professor Sholle is busy planning and coordinating planned upgrades to the planetarium, and in some cases he is actually building or installing these upgrades. He also is learning more about programming, backing up, maintaining and modifying the projection system and a development system used to program and test planetarium scripts. Professor Seligman has modified his traditional telescope open houses he had offered for many years into Astronomy Open Houses. The Open Houses, which are offered about once a month on Friday evenings, include a planetarium presentation at the start of the evening, and if weather permits, a telescope observing session on the roof of the D building, after the planetarium presentation. In the future we would like to provide shows to the public more often, and arrange them either around a specific astronomical topic of interest or around a current astronomical event.

The planetarium will also be used for occasional LBCC Foundation fund-raisers, to help raise the funds needed to complete the planetarium; and regular public shows and a K-12 outreach program will be initiated when the planetarium facilities are complete, providing adequate funding and staff are available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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