The Forestview Planetarium at Forestview Middle School in Baxter, MN is once again open full time! Funding is made possible by the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) and their Innovation Funding program. The Forestview Planetarium was approved for this funding during the summer of 2017 and we are super excited to get started! Our focus will be on the elementary and middle school students of the Region 5 public school districts. We will also have a community outreach program to include "open to the public" shows.
The planetarium houses a 28 ft permanently mounted dome to see the stars, planets, moons or anything one can imagine! The projection system is a Digistar 5 digital system that projects through a fish-eye lens in the middle of the dome. Science standards are delivered in this very immersive environment creating an out of this world feel. Students of all ages sit back in 57 theater style seats that were installed fall of 2016. A new Chromo Cove lighting system is set to be installed late September of 2017. This will allow special customized lighting of the dome. It will also illuminate star charts or curriculum held by students while remaining in their seats.