Planetarium Information

History and Location

The history of a hyperbola and other conic sections dates at least as far back as Apollonius of Perga, circa 220 BC. He is given credit for naming the ellipse, hyperbola and parabola.

The Science Center Planetarium was opened to the public on April 16 and formally dedicated on May 30, 1963.



SCIENCE CENTER PLANETARIUM LATITUDE AND LONGITUDE

LATITUDE   = 38 DEG 37 MIN 00.787525 SEC
LONGITUDE = 90 DEG 16 MIN 15.105485 SEC
ELEVATION = 517 FEET

The coordinates listed above tell you we are thinking about the earth's earthoid surface and the location of the Saint Louis Science Center Planetarium (USGS 7.5 MINUTE SERIES TOPOGRAPHIC MAP, CLAYTON QUADRANGLE)

Architects: Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum furnish Building Section & Penthouse Details on Sheet A6 of the blueprints. With information from the prints and suggestions of Mr. Chih-Chen Jen, we explore the shape of the Planetarium's hyperboloid of one sheet exterior. The more recent modifications for the sky dome, exhibit areas and entrance areas were read from blueprint sheets A5.2 and A6.1, June 2000, provided by Mr. Thomas H. Teasdale, Associate Architect with Saur & Associates. Thomas Teasdale met with some math field trip classes during the construction period after 2000.



This material is presented in tribute to Mr. Chih-Chen Jen, Mr. Albert Alpers, Mr. Milo Ketchum, and Mr. Thomas Teasdale. You may link to the following pages:

PLANETARIUM FORMULA PAGE

MATH PROBLEMS AND PROJECTS I.

MATH PROBLEMS AND PROJECTS II.

FIELD TRIP PICTURES

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