East Lyme HS Planetarium

Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another. Plato

Outside entrance to East Lyme High School

ELHS is a four-year comprehensive public high school offering curricular and co-curricular programs to 1,100 students in grades nine through twelve. Accredited through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the school offers an extensive range of courses in college and career preparation.

East Lyme High School
30 Chesterfield Road
East Lyme, CT. 06333

Aerial view of East Lyme High School with location of planetarium circled

The high school's planetarium is located at the back left of the main building (top center of photo, courtesy of Google Maps).

The planetarium was constructed in 1972 when the high school addition was built. Voters were able to choose between a planetarium and swimming pool, or a planetarium and additional gymnasium. The citizens of East Lyme decided against the swimming pool option and chose to add another gymnasium with the newly-constructed planetarium. Upgrades to the technology were never made during its 41 years of operation.

Painting of moon outside of entrance to planetarium
inside planetarium
looking up at the dome of the planetarium
Map of Connecticut with New London County and East Lyme identified

East Lyme is located in southern New London County, west of Waterford and Montville, east of Lyme and Old Lyme, and south of Salem. Long Island Sound is to the south. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 42.0 square miles (109 km2), of which 34.0 square miles (88 km2) is land and 7.9 square miles (20 km2), or 19%, is water.
Source: Wikipedia, retrieved 3.31.2021