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Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory Prepares for Astronomy Day

April 7, 2022 | Press Release from Friends of LBL

The Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory and the West Kentucky Amateur Astronomers (WKAA) are preparing for a fun-filled Astronomy Day. International Astronomy Day will be on Saturday, May 7th.

Astronomy Day is a world-wide event to celebrate all facets of astronomy. This year the planetarium will be having kids’ activities, solar viewing, and a special program hosted by the WKAA - "Beginners Tips on How to Choose a Telescope". Shows that day will also be free as we celebrate our grand opening for the new planetarium projector, SkyExplorer.

Planetarium shows featuring the new SkyExplorer Digital Projection System will be available throughout the day. The West Kentucky Amateur Astronomers will also be offering free solar viewing in the observatory.

“The Golden Pond Planetarium takes visitors out of this world on grand adventures through space,” said Lori Kent, Executive Director for the Friends of Land Between the Lakes. “The new projection system provides the best rendering capacities and delivers the most realistic image quality for an immersive experience throughout the domed theater.”

Space science crafts will be provided along with free posters and stickers. A tutorial for beginners on how to purchase telescopes and binoculars will be conducted by the WKAA. The 360-degree, surround-sound, 40-foot domed planetarium theater is temperature-controlled and has comfortable high back seats. Surround sound helps to add to the experience.

Solar viewing will be weather dependent. For show schedules and other information on the planetarium visit:

The Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory is located at 238 Visitor Center Drive in Golden Pond.

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