ROCK HILL -- The Museum of York County’s Settlemyre Planetarium will reopen to the public Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:45 a.m. and premier showings of the facility’s new offerings afterwards.
The planetarium has been undergoing extensive renovations for the past two months. The $300,000-plus project includes installing a new digital star projection system that not only allows planetarium visitors to see the night skies from earth, but also to travel through the solar system -- without leaving their seats.
The new system also will allow lived feeds from NASA and other scientific organizations. The renovation project also included new carpeting, seating, LED lighting, digital surround-sound, and repainting of the 30-foot dome.
Also opening Saturday will be “Our World, Our Sky,” a photographic exhibit featuring a vivid view of the Earth’s geography.
The museum and planetarium are at 4621 Mount Gallant Road in Rock Hill. For details, check www.chmuseums.org.