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UA's Flandrau Planetarium closes for summer

Posted at 11:03 PM, May 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-16 16:50:28-04
The Flandrau Planetarium at the U of A is officially closed for the summer. The Science Center and all of it's exhibits will be open, but the planetarium will be undergoing renovations over the next few months. Construction starting in June is set to completely transform the way guests view the outside world at the U of A. The renovations come after the EOS foundation made a generous gift to the planetarium.
In 2014, they updated their state-of-the-art projection system. Now, they're hoping their new seats, enhanced lighting and new acoustics will help bring the rest of the planetarium up to speed.
"The seating configuration will actually work really well with our projection system because the original seating configuration was designed for a completely different mode of projecting in the planetarium," said Director of Exhibits Bill Plant. "So now all the seats will be aligned to maximize the viewing experience with the full dome projection system."
The planetarium shows will return the weekend of August 26th. Over the summer the rest of the science center will still be open to the public.