Looking back on 2011 and moving into 2012

Seth Jarvis
Education outreach at a Utah school

Education outreach at a Utah school

The chant among Clark Planetarium staff in 2011 was “Two Point Oh.”  We’re dreaming big dreams and making big plans for transforming ourselves and our facility into a “next generation” planetarium.

Last year, we gave our ATI IMAX a much-needed makeover.  This past year, we made an equally ambitious and much-needed upgrade to our Hansen Dome Theatre, installing the latest state-of-the-art planetarium projection technologies.  Both theatres in our building now provide audiences with the best looking and best sounding experiences to be found in any planetarium in the nation, possibly in the world.
We’re currently in the planning stages to similarly overhaul our free public exhibits. Our goal is to have completed a full-on “Clark Planetarium version 2.0” upgrade in time for our tenth anniversary in 2013. (Our 10th anniversary? Just a year away? I can’t believe how fast time moves around this place. I think Special Relativity is involved.)
Coming in 2012 we’ll be presenting several new documentaries on our ATK IMAX screen, beginning with “Space Junk 3D” in early February and “Into the Arctic 3D” in mid-April.
Our original production of “Perfect Little Planet” makes its world premier in the Hansen Dome Theatre mid-February.  “Perfect Little Planet” takes planetarium dome theatre programs to a whole new level of innovation, adventure, and amazing visuals.
Our education programs to Utah schools also expands into “Clark Planetarium 2.0” territory in 2012.  We provided unique and valuable astronomy and space science educational experiences to over 70,000 Utah students and teachers in 2011; we’ll provide even greater levels of these services in the coming year.
We sincerely appreciate your support and the time you spend with us.  It’s because of you that we are able to be one of the world’s great planetarium facilities.

The chant among Clark Planetarium staff in 2011 was “Two Point Oh.”  We were dreaming big dreams and making big plans for transforming ourselves and our facility into a “next generation” planetarium.

Getting ready to paint in the Hansen Dome Theatre

Getting ready to paint in the Hansen Dome Theatre

We’re currently in the planning stages to similarly overhaul our free public exhibits. Our goal is to have completed a full-on “Clark Planetarium version 2.0” upgrade in time for our tenth anniversary in 2013. (Our 10th anniversary? Just a year away? I can’t believe how fast time moves around this place. I think Special Relativity is involved.)

Coming in 2012 we’ll be presenting several new documentaries on our ATK IMAX screen, beginning with Space Junk 3D in early February and Into the Arctic 3D in mid-April.

Our original production of Perfect Little Planet makes its world premiere in the Hansen Dome Theatre mid-February. Perfect Little Planet takes planetarium dome theatre programs to a whole new level of innovation, adventure and amazing visuals.

Education outreach at a Utah school

Education outreach at a Utah school

Our education programs to Utah schools also expands into “Clark Planetarium 2.0” territory in 2012.  We provided unique and valuable astronomy and space science educational experiences to over 70,000 Utah students and teachers in 2011 and we will provide even greater levels of these services in the coming year.

We sincerely appreciate your support and the time you spend with us.  It’s because of you that we are able to be one of the world’s great planetarium facilities.

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