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Hardin Planetarium temporarily closed for repairs

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The Hardin Planetarium is seen Thursday, March 23, 2023 on the WKU campus in Bowling Green, Ky.

Western Kentucky University’s Hardin Planetarium has been temporarily closed for repairs and is set to reopen by Oct. 1. 

According to WKU’s website, the planetarium experienced a “technical malfunction” on Sept. 13 and is now working to fix the problem as quickly as possible.

Despite the temporary closing, Hardin Planetarium is continuing to host its upcoming events. 

Students had the opportunity to meet outside the planetarium on Sept. 19 at 8:00 p.m and then walk to the adjacent building to look at Saturn, the Moon and possibly Jupiter through a telescope that has been moved to accommodate the event, according to the Hardin Planetarium Facebook page.

The Hilltopper Astronomy Club will be hosting another telescope event in the same location at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 22.

Chris Chandler, planetarium coordinator, says that if any part of the planetarium technology fails, then the planetarium must be temporarily “out of commission.” He and the other planetarium staff will be updating the university on any timeline changes that may occur.

Everyone who purchased tickets for the Pink Floyd event is being emailed in order to reschedule.

News reporter Bailey Reed can be reached at [email protected].

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