Moody Planetarium Re-Opens - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/13/05

Moody Planetarium Re-Opens

The oldest planetarium in the state has re-opened its doors. The Moody Planetarium was closed to the public in 2003 for asbestos removal. During the closure several renovations and updates were made, with new technology and the added comfort of refurbished seats and new carpet.

"Today were having the grand re-opening celebration of our moody planetarium" said Patrice Fay, the educational specialist at the planetarium.

And after more than a million dollars in changes, a ribbon cutting was held Saturday afternoon to re-open the doors to the oldest planetarium in Texas.

"After two years of renovating we're ready to open the space to the public and start planetarium shows," Fay says the starball is what brings the planetariums night sky to life with different galaxies, constellations and planets.

"Several thousand years ago there wasn't TV, no dvd, no ipod, no cell phones, and folks really needed something to do so they would look up at the night sky and tell stories about what they were seeing."

Stories that were passed down from generation to generation, leaving the young and old looking at the stars in awe. Fay believes, "Every single age every single person really seems to enjoy astronomy, even our modern science of astronomy comes to us through this tradition of just looking at the sky."

The planetarium will be holding shows at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday thru Sunday, along with an evening show at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays. The cost of admission is one dollar for adults and fifty cents for students.

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