As part of the planetarium presentation, the visitor is admitted to the Blacklight Gallery of astronomical paintings. This is a curving gallery which surrounds the Sky Theater. The large paintings, created in fluorescent paints and lit by ultraviolet lights, are hung from the black walls of the gallery.
The colors glow brilliantly supplying a muted light in the gallery which allows the visitor's eyes to become accustomed to the darkness of the theater. While viewing the paintings, the visitor feels that he is standing on a platform, gazing into infinite space.
Originally painted in 1964, the images found within the Blacklight Gallery have been updated several times in order to keep up with the ever increasing knowledge gained from astronomical science.