The Golden Pond Visitor’s Center Planetarium and Observatory in Land Between the Lakes
There’s always something extra cool going on in Kentucky’s Land Between the Lakes region. As I’ve said a million times before (more, but who’s counting?) you could go to the beautiful area between and around Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake each weekend and see something new.
The Golden Pond Planetarium is definitely one of the places you’ll want to put on your “Must See” list. The gift shop, alone, is worth the trip! Shows at the Planetarium create memories that’ll last a lifetime – they’re very special and the entire experience will leave your jaw somewhere on the floor near your feet.
After reading the following press release from the Friends of Land Between the Lakes, I’m guessing that now the jaw will just go right through the floor. I’m cool with that.
From the LBL:
The world’s first full-dome, full-color digital planetarium with single lens projection, the MEDIAGLOBE II, arrived at Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area just in time for the 2012 season. “This compact, full-color dome projection system has thrilled our audiences since we installed it in March, reported Ross Workman, the new Golden Pond Planetarium manager. He continued, “The projection range covers our entire dome with vibrant colors, sound, and action by using the 3D astronomical simulation function. It’s amazing!”
New digital videos will entertain and educate people of all ages. Computer animated programs are offered throughout the day starting at 10am. People can find the complete schedule of planetarium shows and times on LBL’s website, www.lbl.org, under the See and Do tab. Topics include:
- The Little Star That Could - teaches how stars are formed.
- Interstellar Boundary Explorer – joins scientists searching for the edge of the solar system.
- Earth, Moon, and Sun - explores the relationship between the earth, moon, and sun while weaving in Native American traditional stories.
The Golden Pond Visitor Center, Planetarium, and Observatory are located south of US68/KY80 junction on Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway (KY Hwy 453).
Below is a great video (courtesy RoundAbout U.) that’ll give you an introduction to the Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory. As you’ll see, this is someplace you’ll want to see as soon as possible. Just be sure to see the gift shop!