Brian Tonks, professor of physics and astronomy at BYU-Idaho, said the BYU-I planetarium has been in its current location in the George S. Romney building since the building was built in 1963.
But the planetarium was not always the serstar it is now. “The original shows were done with slides, with the old, hard-copy slide projectors,” Tonks said.
Tonks said Gordon Dixon, who was department chair at the time the planetarium was built, ran these shows.
He also said years later, the electrical engineer involved in the original construction created more switches and controls, followed by special effects projectors.
“He would have this little projector that would create a black hole,” Tonks said. “He had this other projector that would have a streak of light that would go across the sky to represent a meteorite.”
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