The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas!” so say the song lyrics. Levent Gurdemir ensures the stars are indeed big and bright in Arlington.
Gurdemir, the Planetarium director, controls the size and brightness of the stars as they appear on the planetarium dome.
While he’s been Planetarium director for five years, Gurdemir has decided to pursue a doctoral degree from UTA.
His enthusiasm for astronomy is obvious and contagious, but not in the usual sense of just looking at stars.
“Astronomy actually is a different perspective and widens our perspective,” he said. “It’s, first of all, that I believe it is the curiosity of the night sky and where we live in the universe is embedded in our brains.”
When Gurdemir talks of igniting curiosity in people, his passion for teaching comes through. Read More. Source: Kurt Molitor’s article published on the Shorthorn, May 9 2013.
Always warm and welcoming, Tina Poss works with diligence and upbeat energy to keep the scenes behind the scenes running smoothly at The Planetarium.
Trevor is an enthusiastic presenter, educator and technician at the Planetarium. Trevor started his career at the Planetarium at UT Arlington when he was in high school. From a voluntary position through being full time planetarian, Trevor worked in almost all capacities of the Planetarium. Today, he is educating and inspiring people of all ages. Being a young planetarian, he already received very prestigious award from Hamilton foundation.