University of Minnesota Duluth’s Marshal W. Alworth Planetarium chose the GeoDome Theater system for their new portable planetarium outreach program launching September 30, 2015. A substantial donation from the Charles L. Matsch Estate aided the funding effort for acquisition of this system. The GeoDome Theater will be named in honor of the donor. The system will visit communities in Northern Minnesota, public schools and other non-profit institutions. Exciting new programs based in Native American cosmologies and skywatching will be a focus in addition to traditional astronomy lessons. Programs will be presented via the following software tools: DomeView Pro, Uniview, WorldViewer, NASA Eyes on the Solar System, NASA Eyes on Exoplanets and NASA Eyes on Earth.
University of Minnesota Duluth is also part of the TIES/Minnesota Regional Planetarium Network, a mix of fixed and portable GeoDome systems running Uniview, sharing costs and program development. Along with founding partner Minnesota Planetarium Society (now at the University of Minnesota’s Bell Museum), these sites include GeoDome Evolvers at Como Elementary School, Mayo High School, Mankato East High School, Southwest Minnesota State University, University of Wisconsin at River Falls; GeoDome Theaters at the University of North Dakota, and The Journey Museum; and a GeoDome Portal at the Jackson Middle School Observatory.