A Painted Universe Takes Shape in Northern Wisconsin

Jun 12, 2015

Credit Boswell Books

For those wanting to learn more about our planet and those surrounding us, the Adler Planetarium in Chicago has been a go-to spot. The Manfred Olson Planetarium at UW-Milwaukee is a great place to go when it’s not dark enough to see the night sky, or if you’d like to learn more about what you’re seeing.

But it’s not the only planetarium in Wisconsin.  In the tiny town of Monico there’s a unique planetarium created by a unique man. It’s the Kovac Planetarium and it is the creation of  Frank Kovac, Junior.

Kovac and his planetarium are the subject of a new book by Sentinel writers Avi Lank and Ron Legro. Legro and Lank have written The Man Who Painted the Universe: The Story of a Planetarium in the North Woods.

Lank describes the Kovac Planetarium as truly one of a kind, built so that when you walk inside "it rotates around you, with the stars painted on it and glowing at you in the dark. It's one of only four of it's type in the world and it's by far the largest," says Lank.

Avi Lank and Ron Legro will talk about the new book Monday evening at Boswell Book Company.