UNION STATION TO HOST 2013 NATIONAL WESTERN ALLIANCE CONFERENCE OF PLANETARIUMS Sept. 17-20

Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium Selected for Prestigious Conference

Kansas City, Mo (Sept. 12, 2013) The sky will be the limit next week when Planetarium Institutions from across the Western United States gather at the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station Kansas City, Sept. 17-20 for the 2013 Western Alliance Conference (WAC 2013).

WAC 2013 (pronounced “whack”) is an excellent opportunity for planetarium professionals to connect and share their expertise, learn educational best practices, preview new show content, and sample the latest projection technologies. The planetarium industry has been evolving rapidly over the past 10 years, with major advancements in display technologies, show production, and incorporation of a great variety of science topics, from astronomy and space, to life science, earth science and technology. These disciplines are now more accessible and engaging than ever before, and geared for audiences of all ages.

“Union Station Kanas City and the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium are honored to have been selected to host this prestigious conference,” Jeff Rosenblatt, Director of Science City at Union Station KC, commented. “The 2013 Western Alliance Conference of Planetariums promises to be an invigorating convening of enthusiastic professionals with common goals.”

The Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center will serve as the conference hotel with regional groups hosting their annual meetings during the conference. In addition to academic sessions, presentations, workshops, planetarium demos, and a field trip to Powell Observatory in Louisburg, Kansas, the keynote speaker on the final night will be Astronaut Clayton C. Anderson.

Located in Kansas City’s Historic Union Station and opened in November 1999, the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium has 154 reclined seats, topped by a 60-foot wide dome, and is equipped with a 1080p mirror-projection system. It serves 35,000 visitors annually including public and school groups.

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About Union Station Kansas City, Inc. Union Station Kansas City is a historical landmark and civic asset renovated and reopened to the public in 1999. The organization, driven by its mission of science and history education and entertainment, features a science center, the popular Model Railroad Experience open year round, new planetarium, one of the region’s largest screen movie theaters, live theater, shops, restaurants and home to prominent area civic organizations and businesses. Visit unionstation.org for details

About The Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium Combining interactive astronomy education with spectacular public shows and night sky viewing opportunities, the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium continues to be one of Kansas City's greatest connections to the night sky.

Built as part of Union Station's renovations in the late 1990s, the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium's 60-foot dome makes it one of the largest planetariums in the Midwest. Union Station offers a number of opportunities in the planetarium for groups to take advantage of including field trips, Girl and Boy Scout badge workshops, summer camps, and other educational opportunities, as well as business meetings or general facility rental options.

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