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The Appold Planetarium is equipped with a sophisticated digital projector which enables students to experience astronomy in a dynamic and stimulating way.
The Appold Planetarium features SciDome, a single projector fulldome video system powered by Starry Night that allows real-time 3D sky simulation, fulldome shows and multi-media presentations. Starry Night is the world’s most comprehensive astronomy software. Its starfield quality allows astronomical detail and teaching capabilities that carry visitors to the stars!
The Appold Planetarium was named “the Best Place to See the Stars” by Ohio Magazine in 2010.
The Appold Planetarium is part of the NASA Museum Alliance, which enables us to bring the latest space news to our audiences. The Appold Planetarium also participates in NASA’s Space Place program. This program provides printed educational materials for our display area, much of which we are able to then pass on to our visiting teachers.
Planetarium coordinator Dr. Laura J. Megeath was selected to selected to be a part of NASA’s Earth Ambassador Program. This nationwide, two-year program is housed through NASA’s Climate Day initiative and to raise awareness of climate change in order to improve the climate literacy in the United States. Dr. Megeath attended a training workshop at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland and will be incorporating information about climate change in planetarium programming.
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