“It’s a dream come true.”
That’s the sentiment held by Kate Storm, the Director of Theaters at Columbus, Ohio’s Center of Science and Industry (COSI), when speaking of the reopening of the COSI Planetarium. “I worked at the planetarium when it closed in 2004 and it was heartbreaking,” she says, “for me, it became a mission to get it open again.”
A beloved institution nestled along the west bank of the Scioto River, COSI welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors annually to explore various science-focused exhibits, activities and events. One of the more popular attractions is the COSI Planetarium, a fulldome, 211-seat theater with a 60 ft.- diameter concave screen. First opened in 1999, it closed 5 years later and then sat unused until this latest technology upgrade and reopening in the fall of 2014.