The Planetarium Division
The first important turning point in the history of the Planetarium came in February 1982 when the PCSO donated funds for the purchase of audio-visual equipment to enhance the quality of the planetarium programs, comparable with other space museums in the world. As a result of this acquisition, more programs were exhibited to the delight of the viewing public. As its popularity increased, other shows were added including a regular Sunday Television Show entitled "Astro Quiz" that aired on Channel 2 and was hosted by Mr. Eddie Mercado.
Another planetarium program called, "Sun, Superstitions, and Eclipse" (SSE) was launched in preparation for the much awaited Total Solar Eclipse in 1988, wherein the center of the totality (LCD) was Davao City and Gen. Santos City. The SSE featured a slide lecture/demonstration of the eclipse observed in these areas. The Planetarium Division sent a team composed of the Curator, researchers, technicians, and photographers to observe the Total Solar Eclipse in Gen. Santos City on March 18, 1988. A beautiful photographic documentation of the solar eclipse was achieved which marked another major highlight in the Planetarium's existence.
The grand re-opening of the Planetarium in August 1996, after its closure for five years, was the monumental episode in the Division's lifetime. The rehabilitation project including purchase and installation of new equipment was made possible through appropriations from the government with a total cost of P12 million.
The last sunset of 1999 was a key phenomenon photographed at Rizal Park overlooking the Manila Bay and thus captured for posterity by the Planetarium.