The Eastern Arizona Science Initiative recently acquired the StarLab Planetarium. This 22 foot inflatable planetarium allows for people to experience a universe of their own. With a height of 15 feet and a diameter of 22 feet, the Star Lab could hold up to 50 people and will feature exploration software and several short films across its dome.
The StarLab Planetarium has been used about 8 times so far and has engaged 500-600 people of all ages. The software will run on “Starry Night” and visitors can visualize over 13,000 deep sky objects including stars, planets, satellites, comets, asteroids, and meteors.
The group will typically take a tour of our solar system and share information and distances of the planets we are familiar with. The short videos completely fill the dome with a realistic 3-D effect. The videos include information on the history of the telescope and how they work, information on the amazing Google Lunar X Prize, and returning to the Moon. The planetarium is great for all ages and knowledge level.
The group was able to purchase the planetarium with funding from the United Way and RAIN. We are so thrilled that we were able to bring this amazing resource to one of our communities!
Photo from Hiller Aviation Museum