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Renovations complete at Roswell planetarium

Leonard Tapia
October 11, 2017 05:26 PM

ROSWELL, N.M.  -- The Robert H. Goddard Planetarium lets people explore the stars, planets, black holes and everything space-related. It's been in Roswell for almost 50 years now.

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The planetarium will reopen its doors to the public for the first time in months after a $380,000 renovation.

"At Goddard, I went to this planetarium in school," said Brian Goldman, who is from Roswell. "It was the older style, so I think it's going to be pretty neat to see."

Planetarium officials said people in Roswell will now be able to experience space like never before. There's a new projection system that'll produce 3-D images, stellar light shows and new seats to star gaze in comfort.

"Being an astronomer, I think it's very important for public outreach," said Henry Garrett, who is from Roswell. "The public outreach and the beauty of the heavens and you have wonderful skies here in Roswell."

With the new and improved additions, planetarium officials said they hope to not only attract more visitors but encourage students to learn more about space and science.

"A lot of kids, all they do is get their experience out of a book or slides or a PowerPoint," Goldman said, "but this is [something] they're really going to see firsthand.

The planetarium will have its grand reopening Saturday, Oct. 14 at 10 a.m.

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