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UF Planetarium Offers Unique Learning Environment

UF Planetarium Offers Unique Learning Environment

The University of Findlay’s Newhard Planetarium is once again open to the public, with visitors following the university’s COVID-19 safety protocols.

UF says, if you’re interested in teaching and or learning in a unique and fun way, Newhard Planetarium could be just what you’re looking for.

A planetarium is a dome-enclosed theatre that displays astronomy, such as the sun, moon and stars, and planets.

“Our planetarium here on campus is exceptional because the projector in the dome is digital, therefore, we are able to display any media,” said Steven Wild, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics.

“The idea is that we can project things up into the dome for viewers to watch. Typically, it’s items related to astronomy, but we can show all kinds of projections.”

Newhard Planetarium holds approximately 50 people. The planetarium was closed to public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before the pandemic, there was a variety of groups that used the planetarium.

Groups of planetarium visitors included boy scouts and girl scouts from churches, YMCA groups, summer camp, and local elementary-high school classes.

On average, the planetarium saw around a couple thousand visitors per annum.

Newhard Planetarium visitors could enjoy a variety of learning experiences, including Chemistry in a Box and Reading Under the Stars. Stories of Astronomy from other Cultures was also available. There was even a show about the astronomy of Harry Potter.

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“The options are really endless with what fun activities we can do in the planetarium,” said professor Wild.

He hopes to see more people use the dome for educational purposes in the future.

“Overall, it’s a different experience for students and it’s something they get excited about.”

Click here to learn more about Newhard Planetarium HereYou can email Dr. Wild to make a reservation or schedule a time. [email protected]

 

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