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Our planetarium has been a fixture of the West Hartford community for over 40 years. The Travelers Science Dome at the Gengras Planetarium is Connecticut's largest public digital planetarium. Immersive, full dome, CGI planetarium shows provide the audience with a "you are there" experience unlike any other. Fly to Mars, experience a supernova, or travel to another solar system. The Travelers Science Dome at the Gengras Planetarium is the destination for unique, out-of-this world education in Connecticut.
Opened in 1968, the Gengras Planetarium was home to a Spitz Transit Projector, nicknamed "Stella". The STP projector was, at the time, state-of-the-art equipment; capable of rotating on all 3 axes and projecting over 4,000 stars. Only 11 of these projectors were manufactured. Stella remained in operation until 2007. After being removed from the planetarium, Stella was sent to the Planetarium Projector Museum in Bear Lake, California. Upon arrival, Stella was restored by their staff, and put on display for visitors to enjoy.

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