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Museum Of Science Planetarium

The stars fascinate many who look up at them on a clear night. Those who love them are always seeking new ways to enjoy them, day or night. We looked at one of those ways with the iOptron LiveStar earlier in the month.

For the past fifty years, the Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science, Boston, has been the go-to place to learn about the stars, the planets, and all things celestrial. Here is a quick timeline of the Charles Hayden Planetarium:

  • 1948: Museum founding director Brad Washburn designs and builds the first Traveling Planetarium in New England to promote the development of the new Museum.
  • 1958: Floyd Blair of the Charles Hayden Foundation introduces New England’s first major planetarium.
  • 1970: The Planetarium undergoes extensive renovations and reopens with a new $260 thousand Zeiss Mark VI projector.
  • 2011: The Museum celebrates the Planetarium’s grand reopening.

In February, MOS will unveil the year-long, $9 million renovation to the public. The newly renovated Charles Hayden Planetarium will be New England’s most technologically advanced digital theater.

Along with the unveiling of the new planetarium will be the premiere of Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun. This new show examines how the discovery of exoplanets have changed the way we view our place in the cosmos and redefined our understanding of planets and solar systems.

The Charles Hayden Planetarium reopens to the public on Sunday, February 13. We’ll give you a preview of it in early February. It is going to be amazing!

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