The groundbreaking and construction of the new Love's Planetarium has officially begun!
The Love’s Planetarium will utilize cutting-edge technology available in only a handful of planetariums in the world – the closest being in China. The planetarium will feature both an optical and digital projector creating a realistic night sky of 9,500 bright stars, 56 nebulae and clusters of stars for binocular viewing. The equipment can generate approximately 8 million detailed stars to recreate the Milky Way – all with high intensity LEDs and fiber optics. In addition, the equipment will project 88 constellations plus the sun, moon and planets.
The new dome will present high-resolution images in striking detail and provide audiences with a night sky free of light pollution – something many people never experience outside a planetarium. Audiences will have unobstructed views of the presentation from seats individually calibrated for optimum viewing.
The Love’s Planetarium includes space for featured presenters, early childhood programming, special events and more. Through enhanced live and virtual planetarium programming, educators and leaders from all communities can work with the museum to tailor educational experiences to meet their needs. This project will bring the universe to the hands of children of all ages in the state.
We hope you’ll join us as we take a giant leap and bring the universe into the hands of hundreds of thousands of people each year – and provide Oklahomans with the premier science museum in the region.
Our goal – turning the universe into the world’s largest classroom. Students' interest in space allows museum educators to use the planetarium as a fun and creative way to teach physics, chemistry, art, culture, math, history, geometry...there are no limits to what can be taught within this special place. The surrounding gallery will feature artifacts from the museum’s extensive collection highlighting Oklahoma’s rich history in space as well as other artifacts collected or on loan from our partners such as the Smithsonian and NASA. When complete, the planetarium and surrounding astronomy wing will be among the best equipped in the world.