The mood is right. After 27 romantic minutes gazing into the night sky, the stars fade from view. He turns to the girl stargazing beside him. As she begins to leave the room, she turns around to find him down on one knee.
Believe it or not, in the history of the planetarium, no one has ever proposed there. According to Stephen McNeil, the physics professor in charge of the planetarium, some students have thought about it, but no one has actually done it.
“It’s hard to find anywhere on campus where people haven’t been proposed to,” said Maddie Landers, a freshman studying business.
However, McNeil warns students the conditions are not particularly romantic.
“I always say, ‘Yeah, if you want to, but make sure that’s going to be something she’ll enjoy because she’ll probably be really disappointed you’re taking her to a planetarium. … Doesn’t have a lot of romance to it,’” said McNeil. “It’s better to go out under the real stars.”
“I think it’s dumb, but it’s not as dumb as proposing at home or something like that. It shows they put some thought into it,” says Courtney Dunaway, a senior studying English.
“Secret Lives of Stars” is coming to the planetarium starting Mar. 7. Here is the brief description of the film:
Not all stars are created equal. Some are massive. Others are tiny; almost insignificant. The specific characteristics of a star will determine what type of life it will lead, how long it might live and even the type of death it will die. We will witness the amazing variety of stars and peer into their secret lives. Secret Lives of Stars is narrated by Patrick Stewart.
The planetarium offers public shows every Thursday evening at 7 p.m. Private shows at other times may be scheduled through the Scheduling Office at (208) 496-3123.
*All photos were staged for dramatic effect.