How Your Donations Are Used

How Your Donations Are Used

You may be wondering what we do with the donations and admission fees we collect at public shows. The operation of the planetarium is rather expensive due to the age of the facility and the fact that all of our instruments are analog, which means that we need light bulbs -- lots of them. The most expensive bulb ($1400) is the special arc lamp that serves as the heart of our star ball. The arc lamp is rated for 100 hours, which lasts us about a year and a half. 

The Physics Department budget covers part of the maintenance fees for the planetarium, but this expense is set by the number of students in our classes that use the planetarium. The special shows we give for area schools and childrens groups are not included in our operating budget. Therefore, we ask the community to help us to continue to provide free shows for area children. 

100% of the admissions fees and donations go to the upkeep and maintenance of the planetarium. Dr. DeLaney donates her time to give the public shows and the student assistant is paid from work-study funds. The cost to attend the public shows is set to exactly cover our yearly expenses. Thus, we make no profit from the public shows. 

We give a hearty thanks to all of our paying customers that have come through our doors since we started our public shows in Nov 2010. You have made it possible for us to continue to provide shows to the community.

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