By: Oliver Davis
Social Media Coordinator
On the 19 and 20 of January the Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium opened its doors to the public for the first time.
Tickets for these premiere showings were free, but did need to be obtained ahead of time.
The planetarium is using an outside company to provide the ticketing service that is easy to use and makes the process very simple.
Seeing as this event was open to the public, the majority of attendees were families from Prescott who wanted to see the first of many star-gazing opportunities that the school will offer.
One student attendant, Taylor Green, remarked that, “There were so many people from Prescott who have no affiliation with the school, which means people really wanted to come to this event.”
The theater quickly filled up with visitors eager to see the capabilities of the newly completed spectacle.
Guests were welcomed by the nights’ host who was beyond excited to welcome everyone to the planetarium.
Once almost every seat in the room was filled, he began to talk about the planetarium and all the many interesting facts about it and what it is capable of doing.
After this brief introduction, it was time for the show to begin.
The lights were turned completely off and the dome overhead became filled with stars of all different sizes and intensities.
Some constellations were immediately noticed by many in the audience, like Taurus and Pleiades.
The host made sure to point out all the major stars that were visible so the audience knew where they should look in the sky.
The purpose of this event was to show what the night sky will look like in Prescott during this winter season, which means the information was relevant and of interest to the audience.
The organizers of this event did a good job at targeting their audience and making sure everyone was engaged as well as learning about the stars that surround us.
The technology that the planetarium uses is exceptional in that it can take you anywhere in the visible universe and can show what the stars look like and their position relative to each other with astounding accuracy.
An older gentleman named John, who is from Prescott, said, “I was very impressed with what this university has done to help spread science across the community.”
It is safe to say that all in attendance were very pleased with their experience at the Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium and that they would come to future events that will be held in the planetarium.