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Friday, May 29, 2009

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Media Contact: Teresa Newton

ARLINGTON - The Planetarium at The University of Texas at Arlington takes visitors on a guided tour of the Texas sky in the planetarium's former home.

Texas Stargazing, a one-hour program, is at 1 p.m. Mondays in the historic Roundhouse beside Preston Hall on the UT Arlington campus.

The Roundhouse was an addition to the science building in 1928, when UT Arlington was North Texas Agricultural College. The building was later renamed Preston Hall, and the roundhouse was used for classrooms and offices through the years. In 1981, it transformed into a planetarium. The facility became a digital planetarium in 2006.

Since the 2007 opening of the new Planetarium in the Chemistry and Physics Building, the Roundhouse has been used for astronomy classes and a few planetarium shows, said Amy Barraclough, program coordinator for the Planetarium.

Read more about the historic Roundhouse in the winter 2006 edition of UT Arlington magazine.

The Planetarium at UT Arlington is located at 700 Planetarium Place. The Roundhouse is on the south side of Preston Hall, which is slightly northwest of the Planetarium.

The Planetarium Web site, www.utaplanetarium.com includes the schedule, prices and the week's movie and matinee. The recorded show line is 817-272-0123.

Call 817-272-1183 for tickets.

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