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Photo 119

May 18, 2011

5.18.11On our way back from the waterfall in Wilkesboro, we made a spontaneous stop in Chapel Hill. We walked down Franklin St. and happened to stop right in front of the Morehead Planetarium, a place we’d talked about going to just a couple of weeks beforehand. Neither of us had been to a planetarium since elementary school.

It turned out we got there just 15 minutes before the day’s last show. This photo was taken a few minutes before the show began. The huge insect-looking robot thing is a Zeiss and was used for planetarium shows for the last 40 or so years. It weighs 5,000 pounds and the German company from which it was bought no longer provides parts. It’s been replaced by projectors that won’t cast a shadow on the planetarium walls. Sadly, though, a home hasn’t been found for the Zeiss and budget cuts won’t allow for the planetarium to house it in a special exhibit. If you’re looking for an awesome lawn ornament, give the Morehead Planetarium a call.

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  1. Your Mama permalink
    May 18, 2011 5:36 pm

    Or you could use this as an alternative to glow in the dark stars on the ceiling!

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