I agree that Mobile should have a permanent planetarium (“What’s missing in Mobile? A planetarium!” Lagniappe, May 5). I also had Dr. Rowell way back in 1977 and he sparked my interest in stargazing, but there is one planetarium in Mobile.
Granted, it is not a large, static structure, but a portable one in the Mobile County Public School System at the Environmental Studies Center on Girby Road. The STARLAB Planetarium has been used to do stargazing at the Environmental Studies Center and has been taken out to classrooms for more than 20 years.
The STARLAB is used to bring the stars to over 5,000 students per year. Just FYI, the STARLAB program was started in the ‘80s by Alabama’s Christie McAuliffe winner, Dianne Martin. The first STARLAB was purchased by the Exploreum for her program.