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CSUF Downing Planetarium

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Project info:

California State University, Fresno CA
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Year Completed:
March 2000

The Downing Planetarium is the first facility in a new Central California Science Center planned for the California State University, Fresno campus. Construction of this project was primarily funded through a $1.1 million donation from Dr. F. Harold Downing. At the successful completion of construction, Dr. Downing also established a $1 million endowment for the operation of the planetarium. The primary mission of the Downing Planetarium is public outreach. The planetarium is available to school and civic groups four days per week on a year-round basis and runs public programs most weekends. It has a 74-seat star theater with a 30-foot dome.