Traveling planetarium comes to Gering

June 15, 2017 GMT

GERING — The Edgerton Explorit Center in Aurora, Nebraska is coming to Gering with a free traveling planetarium show July 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The planetarium will be located at the Lincoln Elementary School. Gering Public Library will have a sign-up sheet available to reduce waiting time. It is strongly suggested you make a reservation at 308-436-7433 to see the planetarium show because seats will be limited.

The planetarium is capable not only of showing the daytime and nighttime sky but also prerecorded full dome planetarium shows. From a computer, images are projected using a video system equipped with a fish-eye lens. With a diameter of five meters, the inflatable dome will have enough room to seat 25 people. Visitors enter the dome by walking in, and it is wheelchair accessible.

“Many people may remember a portable planetarium from back in grade school days, crawling through a tunnel to see dim dots for stars,” says Edgerton educator and “mad scientist” Dan Glomski. “They’ve come a long way in the last few years.”

The planetarium will be part of a series of educational activities and events centered around the August 21, total solar eclipse, the path of which crosses Nebraska. “Interest in the eclipse will be incredibly high, and we want to make sure people are ready for it,” Glomski says. “The portable planetarium will definitely help us do that.”