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Friday, January 18, 2008

Texas expands wind-energy capacity 57%

By JOHN PORRETTO - The Associated Press - Jan. 18, 2008
HOUSTON -- Texas expanded its wind-energy capacity by 57 percent in 2007, solidifying the state's position as the nation's leader in wind-generated power, a trade group said Thursday.

Nationally, more than $9 billion in investment helped U.S. capacity grow by 45 percent last year, and 2008 is poised to match those levels, the American Wind Energy Association said.

Texas' installed capacity jumped to 4,356 megawatts at the end of 2007 from 2,768 megawatts a year earlier, the association said. That placed it far ahead of the next four states: California (2,439 installed megawatts), Minnesota (1,299), Iowa (1,273) and Washington (1,163).

Texas has 1,238 megawatts under construction, tops in the U.S.
Read more in the Fort Worth Star Telegram

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Travel to other worlds ... UTA Planetarium

Immersive full-dome 3-D Digital planetarium show narrated by Ewan McGregor (Obi wan Kepobi from Star Wars) - Astronaut takes you exporing the worlds of inner and outer space. The movie is projected all around you. You recline in specially constructed chairs which enables you to comfortably view the immersive full-dome planetarium show. Astronaut! (produced from the National Space Centre in England) goes beyond the stereotypical space movie. Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of the astronaut. Float around the international Space Station moving thorugh the microscopic regions of the human body! Discover the beauty and perils as "Chad", the test astronaut experiences everything thrown at him.




Summer Schedule (June 2-August 26):

Astronaut!


shows at the UTA Planetarium.


Wed. through Saturdays at 11 a.m.
and Thursday at 7:00 p.m.




Cosmic CSI

shows at the UTA Planetarium 3-D Digital Dome.


Wed. through Saturdays at 2 p.m.




Rock Hall of Fame 1 (The Original)


shows at the UTA Planetarium.


Thursday at 8:00 p.m.




Read more (Warning their flat dull website doesn't give much of a glimmer of the multi-dimensional experience you'll have once you enter the dome of the UTA Planetarium!)


Admission: Adults: $5.00


Seniors, Students, Children: $4.00


UTA Faculty, Staff & Alumni (with ID): $3.00


UTA Studens (with ID): $2.00


Groups of 10 or more with reservation: $3.00


Call 817 272-1183 or e-mail planetarium@uta.edu