About the

Fred F. Silk 

    The Wilderness Center's Fred F. Silk Planetarium opened its doors to school groups in the Fall of 2001, marking an exciting step forward in astronomy education at the Center.  Training for members of the Wilderness Center Astronomy Club, who will serve as presenters, began over the Winter of 2000. 

Fred F. Silk Planetarium
The Fred F. Silk Planetarium Technical Specifications:

Location: Wilderness Center's Astronomy Education Building
Dome Size:  5 meters - made by Technical Innovations
Seating capacity: approximately 40
Instrument: Viewlex Apollo version of  GOTO Optical's E-5
Stars visible: 750
Planets visible: Merc, Venus, Mars, Jup, Saturn, Sun, Moon
Planetarium Coordinator: Rev. Dave Ross

The Fred F. Silk planetarium has some new equipment available under the dome to enhance our program capabilities. Thanks to a generous grant from Jane W. Mahoney to TWC for the planetarium, we recently purchased a new computer and a video projector which will be dedicated just for use under the dome. In addition to making it far more convenient for the presentation of Power Point and DVD formatted programs we can also take advantage of some really neat applications to enhance our instruction with the public. These include The Virtual Moon Atlas and Hayden Planetarium's Digital Universe. Here are the two sites for more information...
Virtual Moon:  http://www.astrosurf.com/avl/UK_index.html

Digital Universe:   http://www.haydenplanetarium.org/hp/vo/du/


Major funding for the Astronomy Education Building was made possible by 
The Fred F. Silk Foundation
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