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Ball State OKs $4.6M planetarium, largest in state

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Ball State University's trustees have approved plans for a $4.6 million planetarium that school officials say will become the largest in Indiana.

The planetarium approved Friday will boast a 52-foot diameter dome and cutting-edge projection technology allowing it to dazzle visitors with projections of 10 million stars.

Ron Kaitchuck of Ball State's Department of Physics and Astronomy told The Star Press of Muncie that the school's old planetarium, built in 1967, could project only 1,500 stars.

The 6,500-square-foot planetarium is slated to open in 2014 and will become one of the top 10 university planetariums in the nation.

Nearly half of the project's cost will come from a $2.2 million gift from 1971 Ball State graduate Charlie Brown. He's the co-owner of Southern Bells, a chain of Taco Bell and KFC restaurants.

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  1. why oh why does this state continue to elect these people....do you wonder how much was graft out of the 3.8 billion?

  2. i too think this is a great idea. I think the vision and need is there as well. But also agree with Wendy that there may be better location in our city to fulfill this vision and help grow the sports of hockey and figure skating in Indy. Also to help further develop other parts of the city that seem often forgotten. Any of the other 6 townships out side of the three northernmost could benefit greatly from a facility and a vision like this. For a vision that sounds philanthropic, the location is appears more about the money. Would really like to see it elsewhere, but still wish the development the best of luck, as we can always use more ice in the city. As for the Ice growth when they return, if schedules can be coordinated with the Fuel, what could be better than to have high level hockey available to go see every weekend of the season? Good luck with the development and the return of the Ice.

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