Plan­e­tar­ium redo shoots for the stars


I read your ar­ti­cle Back To The Stars (NOW, Novem­ber 15-21) with great in­ter­est. I was a mem­ber of the team that worked on the de­sign of the McLaugh­lin Plan­e­tar­ium in the early 1960s.

Peo­ple found the move­ment of the stars across the sky very ex­cit­ing, es­pe­cially that of the win­ter star Sir­ius that helped Egyp­tians cal­cu­late the num­ber of days in a year some 6,000 years ago.

At­ten­dance at the plan­e­tar­ium dropped over the years and gov­ern­ment fund­ing dried up.

But why not con­sider restor­ing and up­grad­ing the ex­ist­ing build­ing, a per­fect dome, to meet the needs and chal­lenges of U of T in­stead of build­ing a new “world-class” what­ever at a cost of 100 times the ex­ist­ing the­atre?

Ru­dolf Manook Toronto

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