Stargazing in Twin Falls is a high-tech affair. That is, it will be when the Faulkner Planetarium at the College of Southern idaho reopens with a $750,000 upgrade Tuesday, Nov. 19.
This morning's Twin Falls Times News reports that the refitted planetarium will feature a new projection system, LED cove lighting and Dolby surround sound. The projector, referred to as a "full-dome system," means images of the night sky will soon be projected across the facility's entire 50-foot dome screen.
The upgrade took seven weeks to complete, but the reopening couldn't come at a better time—Nov. 19 is the planetarium's 18th birthday; to celebrate, a total of 14 shows are scheduled for the next week. Two prizes will be given to audience members at each show, according to the Times News, including a one-year pass to the planetarium.
Debuting at the planetarium on Nov. 19: Violent Universe: Catastrophes of the Cosmos, narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart at 7 p.m., plus a live sky tour followed by Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure, from National Geographic at 8 p.m.
The Faulkner Planetarium is located at 315 Falls Ave., in Twin Falls.