Planetarium hosting Astronomy Day activities |

GOLDEN POND, Ky. — The Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory and amateur astronomers from Western Kentucky are teaming up to provide visitors with a fun-filled day of astronomy.

International Astronomy Day, Saturday May 7, is a global event to celebrate all facets of astronomy.

The planetarium will feature activities for children, solar observations and a special program organized by the WKAA on “Tips for beginners on how to choose a telescope”.

The day’s shows will be free as the planetarium celebrates the unveiling of its new planetarium projector, the SkyExplorer Digital Projection System.

WKAA will also offer free solar observation in the observatory.

“The Golden Pond Planetarium takes visitors out of this world on grand adventures through space,” said Lori Kent, executive director of Friends of Land Between the Lakes. “The new projection system offers the best rendering capabilities and delivers the most realistic picture quality for an immersive experience throughout the domed theater.”

Space science crafts will be provided, along with free posters and stickers.

The 360-degree planetarium theater, with surround sound and a 40-foot dome is climate-controlled and features comfortable high-back seats. Surround sound helps add to the experience. The new SkyExplorer projection system offers the best rendering capabilities and delivers the most realistic image quality for an immersive experience throughout the domed theater.

For show times and other planetarium information, visit landbetweenthelakes.us/planetarium. The Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory is located at 238 Visitor Center Dr. in Golden Pond.

Arline J. Mercier