Cernan Earth and Space Center

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Cernan Earth and Space Center
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Cernan Earth and Space Center
LocationChicago, United States

Coordinates: 41°55′03″N 87°50′33″W / 41.9174°N 87.8424°W / 41.9174; -87.8424 (Cernan Earth and Space Center) The Cernan Earth and Space Center is a public planetarium on the campus of Triton College in the Chicago suburb of River Grove. It is named for astronaut Eugene Cernan, who flew aboard the Gemini 9 and Apollo 10 missions and, as commander of Apollo 17, was the last astronaut to leave his footprints on the moon.

The Cernan Center's 93-seat 44-foot-diameter (13 m) dome theater houses a Konica-Minolta Super MediaGlobe II fulldome digital projector, a Voyager V-17OWC laser projection system, and numerous auxiliary projectors. Using this equipment, the Cernan Center presents a wide range of programs to persons of all ages who attend its special school and group presentations and weekend public programs. One Saturday night each month, the Cernan Center offers a Monthly Skywatch program that presents the latest news and discoveries in the fields of astronomy, space science, and geoscience. The Cernan Center also features earth- and space-related exhibits, the Friends of the Cernan Center membership program, the Star Store gift shop, and a website (link provided below).


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