UMaine Prepares for Astronomy Center, Planetarium to Close

ORONO - The University of Maine will hold it's final two shows ever at it's planetarium this weekend.

The Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium in Wingate Hall will show "Origins of life" on the 25th and 27th of April. These are the final events for the educational venue, which has been open to the public since 1954.

Soon it will be closing as the University gets ready to open the new Emera Astronomy Center this fall.

Officials say the state of the art technology and equipment are needed in order to advance with the industry.

Funding from the new astronomy center is largely made possible by an anonymous donor as well as the power company, Emera Maine.

Erin Thomas


Erin joined the ABC-7 and FOX Bangor news team in February 2012. She was born and raised in Presque Isle, Maine where she attended Presque Isle High School.  While in college Erin interned in the WVII news room before working as a Production Assistant.  In May of 2012, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maine, along with a minor in Anthropology.  When she's not out covering local news, Erin enjoys running, skiing, visiting with family and friends, and traveling around this beautiful state.  She is especially interested in outdoor adventure so if you have a story idea, send it her way!

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