(KMOV) – The Forest Park Planetarium’s iconic shell on Thursday lit up for the first time in five years using a state-of-the-art LED system.
The original lighting system, installed in the late summer of 2002, went out of commission in 2007 because it was outdated and no longer produced color.
“It simply wore out,” said John Wharton, managing director of facilities. “We limped along with just white lights on the Planetarium’s shell for a few years.”
The new project, including fixtures, cost $100,000.
“We think this is a wonderful way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Planetarium and provide a reminder of this community’s iconic science learning resource,” said Bert Vescolani, president and CEO, Saint Louis Science Center. “We are restoring the original lighting concepts but with updated technology that is more energy efficient and reduces maintenance.”
In addition to saving money and energy, the new system provides as many as 16 million color variations, images and movement.