PASCO,WA-HAPO Credit Union and Windermere Real Estate Tri-Cities have donated $50,000 to Columbia Basin College's Planetarium Project.
The planetarium will be built near the campus observatory.
The auditorium will project 3D images of the constellation. It will also have the capability to show IMAX movies.
CBC President Rich Cummins says the planetarium will be used by astronomy students and people throughout the community who want to look into space.
"CBC is part of the community's assets," Cummins says, "and so adding to that portfolio will be something we can keep open on Saturdays, in the evenings, as a tool for parents to bring their children by to learn about the skies, and science in general."
With several science and technology employers in the Tri-Cities, Cummins says the planetarium project will also help develop the workforce for future generations.
Cummins says CBC only needs another $200,000 to break ground on the $1.2 million planetarium, which he hopes to have open by next year.
This is the first donation of the Tri-Cities Community Enrichment Foundation, a partnership of HAPO and Windermere.