With the acquisition of a GeoDome Evolver, including a 30270 projection system and Uniview, the UWRF physics department is excited to work with the UW-Madison Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center to bring new ways for students and community members to explore the universe. Their goal is to develop new content to show the incredible advances that have fundamentally changed our understanding of the Universe, to exploit the multidisciplinary capabilities that the GeoDome offers, and to partner with other facilities running Uniview to fully leverage the opportunities they can offer our students and community members. Their initial focus is on particle astrophysics, but UWRF programs in General Physics, Astronomy, Biotechnology, Geography, Chemistry, Mathematics, and other applied and social sciences will be involved with this engaging way to explore data and images of all types.
UWRF is part of the 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 Bell Museum), these sites include GeoDome Evolvers at Mayo High School, Mankato East High School, Como Elementary, Southwest Minnesota State University; GeoDome Theaters at the University of North Dakota, and The Journey Museum; and a GeoDome Portal at Jackson Middle School Observatory.