Re: Planetaria in lectures halls
- Morehead State Univ in Kentucky. Eric Thomas, Director
He has a great implementation of this done by SkySkan. Classroom,
Lecture Hall, tilted-dome hanging above everything.
See page 7 in this PDF
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Rauch Planetarium, Univ. of Louisville, Louisville, KY
--- In email@example.com, Matthew Linke wrote:
Does anyone have an example of a planetarium that was designed in or as a
part of a larger lecture hall? Envision a hall of maybe 200 seats, and
part of that area includes or is covered by a dome? The only one I know of
is the Queen Mary 2. There's is a 500 seat theater with the dome that
drops out of the ceiling and covered 120 or so of the theater seats.
I would be curious what people think of that combined solution.
University of Michigan Museum of Natural History Planetarium
Room 4508 Museums
1109 Geddes Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
- Not sure about all colleges - but the ones I'm the most familiar with (including my own) resemble a rectangle with a smaller circle on top of it.
In other words, of our 145 classroom/lecture seats, only about 80 of them allow good/adequate view into the dome. It's a daily headache for me to seat field trip groups, because neither the kids nor their teachers/chaperones understand why I am not "filling the rows" with kids. I also have to explain eternally why a school can't bring 145 kids for one seating, especially 1st or 2nd graders.
I also feel that use of the room as a lecture hall is hard on it: seats, carpeting, graffiti, trash on the floor. What? you say? College kids are inconsiderate about their classrooms? They're slobs? :)
It also limits the amount of time the planetarium staff has access for programming.
Just my views - not necessarily those of my employer (who loves to have all 145 seats filled for class).