Dr. Jose Mena-Werth
UNK– Nebraska’s newest planetarium will present “The Skies Over Kearney” in the Bruner Hall of Science Friday, Nov. 19, on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus.
The show, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. Donations to the local food pantry will be accepted. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6 p.m. An encore show will be presented at 8 p.m. if there is an overflow crowd.
“The UNK planetarium is currently the most modern planetarium between Chicago and Phoenix,” said Dr. Jose Mena-Werth, UNK planetarium director. The UNK planetarium is a fully accessible 60-seat public science theater. A $600,000 NASA grant helped fund the new planetarium, which features a state-of-the art projector, the Zeiss Skymaster ZKP4.
“Each of the 6,000 stars is individually projected on the dome with fiber-optic technology,” Dr. Mena-Werth said. “The space and time functions of the projector are completely computer controlled. We can navigate to any place in the world, and any date in the past or future, with the push of a button.”