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How many planetarium workers does it take to change a light bulb?

BY AMY SAYLE

How many planetarium people does it take to change a light bulb? If we’re talking about the bulbs in the projectors that run Morehead’s planetarium shows, the answer is 3:

  • 1 person to crawl into tiny spaces behind the walls of the planetarium theater and crouch for minutes at a time while dealing with hard-to-reach screws and bolts.
  • A 2nd person to keep parts of the projector from falling onto the 1st person’s head.
  • A 3rd person to ferry tools back and forth and to entertain the first two people by attempting (and completely failing) to come up with good light bulb jokes.

3 is also the number of hours it takes to change the four bulbs in the two projectors. It takes 3 people to change the bulbs and then many thousands of visitors to enjoy the results.


Amy changes the light bulb

Photo: Careful! Each bulb costs $1,650. And can explode if not handled correctly. Amy changes the lightbulb by Morehead.