Heitkamp Planetarium

1450 Alta Vista
IA 52001

Heitkamp Planetarium

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The Heitkamp Planetarium is located on campus and run by Loras College. Since its opening in 1965, the planetarium and its staff have provided the college, the community, and the area with astronomy education. The planetarium was designed by architect William F. Bernbrock, of Moline, Illinois. The floorplan is a four-pointed star surrounding an octagonal chamber. The planetarium has 90 reclining seats. The Goto model "Venus" projector is in the center of the 33-foot Astro-Dome. The dome (designed by engineer Gene Presta) consists of a structural aluminum framework to which perforated panels are riveted. The system of projectors provides 2800 stars; it also projects slides, including planetary landscapes painted by James McDermott of the Loras College Art Department.

The Planetarium offers regular shows to the campus and the community. The shows typically begin at 7 PM on Friday evening. Special shows can be arranged for groups.

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