Kansas Cosmosphere opens renovated planetarium

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A renovated planetarium at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center is officially open for business.

The attraction in Hutchinson held its reopening ceremony and reception Sunday, although it had a soft opening in mid-March.

The planetarium closed in early February for the upgrades, which were financed with donations from the Walter E. and Velma G. Justice Foundation for Reno County and Dave and Dee Dillon.

The Hutchinson News reports nearly everything in the planetarium is new, including seating, lighting, digital projectors and the sound systems.

Cosmosphere President Jim Remar says it’s like upgrading from a cheap car to a luxury vehicle.

The renovation will allow the facility staff to eventually create their own programming to share with other planetariums.

 

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