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Hardin Planetarium History

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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.

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Paul Campbell (standing) with WKU students around the Spitz projection ball in the chamber at WKU's Hardin Planetarium (ca. 1972).

Past Directors:

Roger Scott 1991-2011

Paul Campbell 1970-1991

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