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Dedicated on October 13, 1967, the Hardin Planetarium is seventy-two feet in diameter, 44 feet high, encompassing 6,000 square feet on two levels. The projection chamber seats approximately 150 spectators.
The planetarium was named for Hardin Cherry Thompson [1938-1963], son of Western Kentucky University president Kelly Thompson, who died during his senior year at Western Kentucky University.
Paul Campbell (standing) with WKU students around the Spitz projection ball in the chamber at WKU's Hardin Planetarium (ca. 1972).
Roger Scott 1991-2011
Paul Campbell 1970-1991