Thursday, April 12, 2012

Meet The NEW Fairbanks Planetarium

Catch this sneak peek of the new digital planetarium at the Fairbanks Museum in Saint Johnsbury. The Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium opens this weekend. It replaces the original 1961 model, which seated 45 people on wooden benches under a 24 foot domed ceiling.

Lyman Spitzer Jr., (1914-1997) a member of the Canaday family, was one of the 20th century's leading theoretical physicists. An astronomer, founding director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and an early proponent of space-based optical telescopes.

VPR’s Neal Charnoff and videographer John Billingsley visited the Fairbanks on Wednesday. Listen for Neal’s report Friday afternoon at 5:30.

Learn more about the grand opening at the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium.

1 comment:

  1. Margy Levine YoungApril 16, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Prof. Spitzer loved Vermont and spent many summers at his house in Pomfret. Hurrah for the new observatory!


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