Science Central announces plans for planetarium

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FORT WAYNE — Science Central announced Monday that it plans to build the region’s first public planetarium.

The project is expected to cost about $2 million. Funding from pledges has reached just over $1 million. Expenses will cover start-up costs, demolition, construction and installation, long term operations, staffing, equipment and other expenses.

The project is expected to take one to two years to complete, according to a statement from Science Central.

The planetarium will be a permanent, 1,500-square-feet exhibit at Science Central in an unused portion of the building.

“The project will incorporate the original starball from the University of St. Francis and a modern digital system to show the sky from our position here on Earth, as well as images from our Solar System and beyond,” according to the statement.

Science Central’s planetarium will integrate hundreds of other exhibits, programs and activities. The project will enhance visitors’ experience and serve as a resource for countless students, teachers, scouts, science camps and more, according to the statement.

Science Central is accepting additional private corporate and foundation sponsorships for the planetarium project.