Back To The Top: Faulkner Planetarium Gets Much Needed Upgrade


By Joey Martin

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) 18 years ago the College of Southern Idaho’s Faulkner Planetarium was considered state–of–the–art.

But with the way technology goes... In those almost two decades the planetarium had fallen behind.

But that's no more...

Starting on Monday staff started to take down the old outdated system to make room for the new.

The new system cost a little over $750,000 and will once again make the planetarium state–of–the–art.

The full–dome vision system, which is called "DIGISTAR 5", features two projectors that allow for a full screen viewing atmosphere.

And for the Herrett center, this new system means more than just new equipment.

"What this mean to us is that we are once again a state–of–the–art planetarium as soon as we have all of the new system installed. We're going to be able to deliver to people programs that they would have to otherwise travel to say Salt Lake City... Denver... Fairly larger cities to see right here in the Magic Valley."
Said Planetarium Manager Rick Greenawald

It will take about 7 weeks to complete the entire upgrade.

During that time the Herrett Center will remain open during regular business hours.

The Faulkner Planetarium will officially open back up for business on November 19th.

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