Emera Astronomy Center helping fight the pandemic

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ORONO, Maine (WABI) - The Emera Astronomy Center and Jordan Planetarium is closed to the public for now, but the facility’s computers are being used to help with research in the fight against COVID-19.

The planetarium can display proteins and viruses in the dome.

And, they’ve found a program that allows their computers to be leveraged into a national system that's studying the virus and working towards a possible vaccine.

The planetarium is the second planetarium in the country to join the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re thrilled. I mean, any way that we can give back and hopefully get us through this time is really important. I think the planetarium community as a whole is really behind this initiative,” said Shawn Laatsch, Director of the Emera Astronomy Center & Jordan Planetarium.

For more information visit: https://astro.umaine.edu/.