SciDome will debut to visitors June 9.

If you’ve ever wanted to meet an astronaut, Cleveland native Don Thomas will help open the new SciDome planetarium in Newark this weekend.

The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology will hold a free grand opening celebration for the SciDome planetarium June 9. Members can attend from 9 a.m. to noon, with public hours from noon to 5 p.m. Attendees can see the planetarium, browse The Works, check out space and science activities, meet Thomas and see the NASA Journey to Tomorrow exhibit.

The $1.4 million planetarium, built in partnership with Ohio State University Newark, has a 30-foot tilted dome in a 60-seat theater. In addition to planetarium shows and programming for visitors, the facility will offer educational opportunities for OSU students.

After the June 9 event, SciDome will be open during The Works regular hours and included in standard admission, which is $10 adults, $8 seniors and $6 children ages 2-17. Younger children are admitted free. The science center is located at 55 S. First. St. in Newark.

A companion permanent exhibit, Navigation, features five components, including the connection of the Newark Earthworks to the lunar cycle, past and present navigation techniques, the solar system and more.

Funding for SciDome was split by OSU Newark ($600,000) and The Works ($800,000), with another $700,000 allocated for a capital endowment and programming. The Works held a public fundraiser where visitors could buy chairs, pavers and bricks at the new facility.

For more information, go to attheworks.org.