Planetarium coming to Newark in 2018

Central Ohioans soon will have a new place to see the stars.

The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology and Ohio State University at Newark are partnering on a $1.4 million planetarium at The Works in Newark. 

The 2,200-square-foot SciDome will have a30-foot tilted dome, 4K digital projection and 60 seats. According to the May 4 announcement, it will provide opportunities for both visitors and OSU students. Officials expect the facility will be used by summer camps in June 2018, then open to visitors and OSU in the fall.

A groundbreaking ceremony at 6 p.m. June 2 will be followed by free family activities, including admission to the museum, hands-on STEM projects and a movie. Visitors can bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics.

Funding for SciDome will be split by OSU Newark ($600,000) and The Works ($800,000), with another $700,000 allocated for a capital endowment and programming. The Works has raised $1.6 million to date, and the public can participate in the fundraising by buying a gallery chair ($10,000), courtyard paver ($1,000) or brick ($200).

OSU Newark’s Michael Stamatikos, assistant professor in the Department of Physics, Department of Astronomy and Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particles Physics, will be the new chief science officer at The Works. Stamatikos worked on NASA’s Swift satellite mission.

For more information, go to attheworks.org.