On Oct. 5, more than 60 Eastern students, faculty and members of the local community saw the University's new state-of-the-art Spitz System 512 Star Projector and new $17,000 LED Cove lighting system in action in the Robert K. Wickware Planetarium.
Russell Sampson and Zoran Pazameta, Eastern astronomers and associate professors of physical science, presented the audience with a brief history of the planetarium before revealing a number of stunning constellations projected by the new projector and cove lighting system. "The new star projector provides a truly awe-inspiring simulation of the night sky," said Sampson. "The projector keeps Eastern at the forefront of astronomy education in Connecticut and will also improve our already high community outreach capabilities."
The new 512 Star Projector replaces a 40-year-old projector and can display 2,350 stars, almost twice as many as the old projector. It features the latest electronic controls, projection systems and precision motors and simulates the night sky in a more realistic fashion.
An upcoming planetarium show will take place on Dec. 5, starting at 5:30 p.m. For tickets or free private star shows, contact Pazameta at (860) 465-5300 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and Sampson at (860) 465-0188 or email@example.com.