AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 67 Reaching Out with Observatories, Planeteria and Activities
Poster, Tuesday, 9:20am-6:30pm, January 10, 2006, Exhibit Hall

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[67.09] Acoustically Enabling a Planetarium to Function as a Classroom

T. C. Bush, M. Shepherd, T. Leishman (Brigham Young University)

Planetariums usually have poor acoustics due to their domed ceilings. Brigham Young University recently built a planetarium that was also intended to serve as a classroom. Acoustical recommendations were requested and implemented in its construction in order to make it a suitable listening environment. The preliminary acoustical modeling, specialized materials, and results of acoustical measurements taken after construction are discussed to demonstrate how this objective was achieved.

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