Planetarium offers opportunities

Brandy Walls
Staff Writer

   The University of Arkansas-Monticello Planetarium offers many educational opportunities to UAM students.

   Joe Guenter, UAM professor and Pomeroy Planetarium director, started the planetarium in the mid-1970s. There were only four planetariums in Arkansas at the time.

  With financial assistance through the National Science Foundation, the planetarium started about the same time as the Turner Neal Museum of Natural History.

   The planetarium offers monthly programs concerning different cultural interpretations of Astronomy and Mythology. These programs are open to the public.

   “About 2,000 students come through here every year," Guenter said.

   The planetarium hosts senior citizen groups, church groups and several others throughout the year.

   The projection room offers movie-like seating for a showing of eclipses, planets and constellations. Monthly programs can last anywhere from 35 to 45 minutes.

    For more information concerning the planetarium, contact Guenter at

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