Astroland’s two stars were installed on a steel riser post that had a motor, which enabled the Stars to revolve. The spinning stars were installed in 1963, at the height of the space race, and welcomed visitors for nearly half a century to the space-themed Astroland amusement park.
The Star section of the gate is made of steel, weighs approximately 200 pounds, and measures 6.5 feet in diameter. Each star is illuminated by 300 flashing lightbulbs (that includes both sides of the star).
Image Number: WEB11188-2009
Credit: Image by Charlie Denson, Image courtesy of the Coney Island History Project
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