Spitz Planetarium

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Description
Armand Spitz was a newspaperman and science educator who began developing planetariums in the early 1940s. His planetariums proliferated in the aftermath of Sputnik, and may be said to have democratized astronomy education. Inexpensive and easy to use, they brought planetarium shows into schools, colleges, and other community buildings around the country. The A2, introduced in the summer of 1958, was the most popular model. This example was made by the Spitz Laboratories, Inc. in Yorklyn, Delaware, and was used at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, Maryland.
Location
Currently not on view
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Sputnik
ca 1960
ID Number
1988.0477.01
accession number
1988.0477
catalog number
1988.0477.01
Credit Line
Montgomery College
inventor
Spitz, Armand
Spitz Laboratories, Inc.
subject
Astronomy
Place Made
United States: Delaware, Yorklyn
Physical Description
aluminum (overall material)
plywood (overall material)
glass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 94 in x 60 in x 28 in; 238.76 cm x 152.4 cm x 71.12 cm
National Museum of American History
Object Name
planetarium