Pardon Our Space Dust! New Worlds Coming Soon to Clark Planetarium

Amy Oliver

For over 50 years, we have brought the final frontier to the Salt Lake City and greater Utah communities, and we’re always looking for new ways to broaden our horizons. As we head for the home stretch on our 50th year of operation that means a total exhibits program renovation. We’ve been quietly working on this renovation, mostly behind the scenes for almost a year, but it’s time to start kicking up some major space dust. And that means we’ll be donning hard hats while the planetarium temporarily becomes a demolition and construction zone. To get things started off on the right foot, we want to keep you in the loop. Here’s what you can expect to see over the next weeks:

1-      Clark Planetarium will be closed to the public 06-06-2016 thru 06-08-2016 as we begin demolition and removal of a bunch of old space junk.

2-      Clark Planetarium will reopen to the public 06-09-2016 and remain open to the public throughout construction. We’ll have some weird bare spots and some other areas that are off limits to the public. You can consider them big black holes for the time being.

3-      Clark Planetarium will invite the public to join us for our Grand Opening Spacetacular on Saturday, October 22, 2016, featuring all of the new exhibits, some great activities, and of course, some all-new awesome shows in both the Hansen Dome Theatre and the Orbital ATK IMAX Theatre.

We’ll be working at light speed to take you to the next final frontiers of space, and just because some of our exhibits will be temporarily sucked into a wormhole this summer doesn’t mean we’re leaving you in outerspace alone. We’re pairing with some of our favorite local partners to bring space to you at other locations, and even still right here in the Planetarium.

Check out this overview of what you can expect and check back frequently or visit us on Facebook for regular updates.

1-     Space Trivia Night at The Leonardo, a collaboration between The Leo and the Salt Lake City Public Library, lets you compete against other trivia geeks, showcase your smarts, eat great food, and win awesome prizes. While this event happens the third Friday of every month, June’s theme is space and trivia questions and some nifty prizes have been provided by Clark Planetarium. Learn more here.

2-     Explore Space with Salt Lake City Public Library’s summerlong exhibit from the STAR Library Education Network “Explore Space: A Cosmic Journey”. This exhibit is free and open to the public at the Glendale Library Branch. The exhibit launches June 18th at a big party from 1pm – 4pm and is open through August 12th. We’ll be there to celebrate, and in true Clark Planetarium fashion, we’ll be “on fire”.

3-     Visit with a NASA representative at the Glendale Library Branch of the Salt Lake City Public Library on Wednesday, June 29th, from 2:30pm – 4:30pm.

4-      Join Clark Planetarium and Salt Lake City Public Library at Clark Planetarium for Light Speed Lectures on Wednesday, June 29th, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Learn more about this FREE event here. We’ll add more exciting info in just a few days so be on the lookout!

5-      Launch your kids into outerspace with Clark Planetarium and the Salt Lake County Library System at the Magna Library’s Space Camp on July 7th from 7:00pm – 8:00pm.

6-      Join Clark Planetarium for activities at Salt Lake City Public Library branches throughout the summer. Check out the Library’s workshops page for more info on the activities we’ll be hosting on July 27th, July 29th, and August 12th.

7-       Get up SUPER EARLY and head up towards Promontory, Utah on June 28th, 2016 for a chance to see the SLS  5-segment rocket booster test from the public viewing area near Orbital ATK’s testing facility. It’s going to be a blast. ;-)

Everyone at the Planetarium is working hard to launch our renovation into full orbit. We appreciate your understanding as we do whatever it takes—including closures to keep you safe!—to make the Planetarium a place that will continue to inspire wonder in learning about space and science for you and your family for another 50 years.

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