Ball State Wins State Approval for New Planetarium Created by kblakeslee on 7/11/2013 2:03:21 PM
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) _ Ball State University has won state approval for a larger, more sophisticated planetarium and a new greenhouse that will house one of the nation's largest collegiate orchid collections.
The State Budget Committee on Wednesday approved the new $4.6 million planetarium and the $1.35 million greenhouse upgrade. School fundraising campaigns will pay for the projects.
The Star Press reports the new planetarium will include a 52-foot dome that can display constellations and simulate traveling through Saturn's rings.
Dean of sciences and humanities Mike Maggiotto says the new domed building will be ``a place to make people scratch their heads with a sense of awe.''
The campus' new greenhouse will house the Wheeler-Thanhauser orchid collection that's among the largest collections of orchids housed on a university campus.