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Eastern to Host Show for Space Day

Written by Danielle Couture

Planetarium Star Projector .jpg

The $150,000 Spitz System 512 star projector in Eastern's Planetarium, a machine that displays images of celestial matters onto the dome of a planetarium. This device can also project 2,350 stars, which is almost twice as many as the old projector.


Willimantic, CT - - The Robert K. Wickware Planetarium at Eastern Connecticut State University will host a special show at 5:30 p.m. on April 8, in celebration of National Space Day. Russell Sampson, associate professor of physical sciences, will host the show. The public is invited. Admission is free.

The show will review the visible night sky, describe recent space discoveries and detail the Connecticut space industry. There will be giveaways and NASA items displayed.
The show is sponsored by the Connecticut Space Grant Consortium as part of Space Weekend 2013. To reserve your seat, contact Zosia Carlquist at (860) 465-4317 or For additional information about Space Weekend go to or You can also contact Sampson at (860) 465-0188 or

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