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Since the Louisiana Tech University Planetarium was built in 1967, there have been several remodeling phases that have updated the facility to a state-of-the-art center.

Comfortably seating 120 people, the climate controlled Planetarium has a dome of 40 feet in diameter. A Spitz A-4 instrument projects the Milky Way Galaxy, including the sun, moon, planets, and approximately 3,000 visible stars thus giving a correct and realistic simulation of the celestial sphere.
The Planetarium includes a slide projection control room, an office, the main theatre, and storage space. An entrance hallway is designed specifically to reduce light from entering, should someone enter late during a show. An "in use" warning light directly above the second entrance indicates that the show has begun.
The Planetarium has two exits, a fire extinguisher, emergency lighting, and glow-in-the-dark tape at the stairs. It is linked to the A.E. Phillips Elementary School fire alarm system.

NOTE: The planetarium has no restrooms. There are several buildings that are open during the week that are in walking distance that do have restrooms .

The Planetarium main theatre is handicapped accessible and has spaces for several wheelchairs.

We look forward to your scheduling a visit to the Louisiana Tech University Planetarium.

Louisiana Tech University Planetarium
LA Tech University
P. O. Box 3163
Ruston, LA 71272
(318) 257-2866
Director: Glenn Beer,

Last updated: October 9, 2004
Webmaster: Dianne Porter-Lord (

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