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The Lund University Planetarium celebrates its 40 years

Three planetarium directors. Photo
Three planetarium directors: Anna Arnadottir, Ingemar Lundström and Björn Stenholm.

Following a donation by Carl O. Springer, Lund Observatory purchaised an optomechanical GOTO projector and started a Planetarium back in 1978. 40 years later there may not be much left of the original installation, but the planetarium is as popular as ever.

The planetarium was first established at Lund Observtory when it was located in the Lund city park (Gamla observatoriet - Stadsparken).  As Lund Observatory moved to Sölvegatan the planetarium projector, dome and seating was installed in the towns old watertower as a temporary solution while a more permanent home was being arranged.  For several years the Plaentarium stayed there with very limited opening hours, before moving to the newly established Vattenhallen Science Center in 2010.

Two years later the old optomechanical GOTO GE-6 projector was replaced with a digital 4K JVC projector and an array of computers ready to simulate the universe.  Today we can fly from Earth to distant galaxies using the Digital Sky Dark Matter at the planetarium. 

To celebrate our 40 years a three day event was arranged.  University employees, including past and present astronomers and planetarians got cake, demonstrations, speeches and an exhibition on the history of our planetarium on Friday, followed by a public event including free shows and demonstrations over the weekend.

First opened in 1978 the Lund University Planetarium is now the oldest (still open) planetarium in Sweden.

Planetarium cake.  Photo.
Speach at planetarium celebration. photo.