Maine Planetarium Is Transformed Into Coronavirus-Fighting Supercomputer

April 15, 2020


The planetarium at the University of Maine in Orono is usually busy helping visitors and students understand the universe. But not right now. “Since we're closed down to the public because of this pandemic, [the goal] was to try to help in some way," planetarium director Shawn Laatsch told The facility is allowing its computers to be used to help model the proteins of the Coronavirus. It’s part of research that could one day lead to a vaccine.

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