The Schaefer Planetarium at Bettendorf High School is hosting special programs on the telescope and more on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29.
Friday, April 28, at 7 pm the public is invited to watch Two Small Pieces of Glass & Whitman. Two Small Pieces of Glass is a program about the history of the telescope's use in astronomy. Whitman is a BHS production about the naturalistic poetry of Walt Whitman used in language arts classes.
On Saturday, April 29th, the planetarium will run shows on the hour from 2-5 pm. In addition, the Quad City Astronomical Society will have a public viewing of the sun, weather permitting, on the front lawn of the high school from 2-5 pm, using their solar telescopes.
Telescope & Feature Opportunity at BHS Planetarium
When: Friday, April 28 @ 7 pm – Planetarium shows
Saturday, April 29, 2-5 pm – Planetarium shows & QC Astronomical Society
telescope viewing of the sun.
Where: Bettendorf High School’s 3333 18th St., Bettendorf
Reservations: Reservations for the planetarium are necessary on Friday because of limited seating. Call the high school activities office from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, (563) 332-4516. Reservations are honored until 5 minutes before the program; after that, those with no reservations may be seated. Saturday’s events will be on a first come, first served basis.
Cost: Free; children are welcome if accompanied by an adult.
The Schaefer Planetarium at Bettendorf High School has been upgraded with a Spitz digital full-dome projection system and now has the ability to project immersive 360-degree images and video. Those watching the program get the feeling of being in the program whether it’s outer space, within the human body, or between the layers of the earth.
The new system has the ability to project the night sky using two projectors especially designed for the planetarium dome. The projectors will also project motion videos, still photos and text anywhere on the dome. The new system will enable the planetarium to project a wider range of topics for classes and public shows. The 65 seat planetarium will also have the ability to show full-length, 360-degree movies, similar to an Omnimax theater.
The new digital system replaced a 42-year-old starball system, and more than 40 projectors. The directors are working on revamping some of the old shows and student work for the new system.