The Mark Smith Planetarium at MAS originally opened in 1965 during the dawn of the Space Age. Now, in the age of deep space exploration, the Planetarium is undergoing a renovation in order to continue its mission of bringing discoveries of space to Middle Georgia.

More aptly considered a rebirth, since everything inside the Planetarium building’s round walls will be replaced, the new dome will enlarge the viewing area by an additional four feet around the circumference and completely new seating will be installed. The new Super MediaGlobe-II system, the highest-resolution single projector planetarium available today, will display the latest photographs and computer visualizations from discoveries in space in high definition.

During the renovation, which is scheduled last until early 2012, a preview of the new digital projection technology can be seen in the Museum’s Discovery Dome.

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