University of Maine’s Jordan Planetarium to Close

Updated 5 months ago

A 60-year-old portal to outer space at the University of Maine will close its doors at the end of next month.

The Jordan planetarium is hosting its final star show next week.

The building will be replaced this fall by the EMERA observatory, which is being built.

The Jordan was built in 1954 and is home to a telescope that’s a century old.

It also uses a central projection system, known as Franklin, to show movies.

The planetarium director says Franklin has served the community well, teaching thousands of school kids and other visitors about astronomy.

The last show at the Jordan planetarium is at 2 pm Sunday afternoon.

It’s called “Earth’s Wild Ride.”

The new planetarium and observatory is scheduled to open September 1st.


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