2018 Lunar Calendar
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Houston’s NASA-approved True8K Planetarium
Once the unprecedented pinnacle of sports stadium infrastructure, Houston’s original Astrodome still stands today, an abandoned homage to a bygone area.
Not far away, however, sits another city institution that houses, in its most literal form, another “Astrodome.” Like the original Houston venue, it’s setting a global standard for technology and multimedia production.
Probing the Depths of the Universe
For over 50 years the Bangkok Planetarium has been impressing visitors but more recently, thanks to Christie® Boxer and Evans & Sutherland's Digistar 5 system, the immersive cosmological experience it now offers has made the planetarium a must-visit destination. Deep space journeys and close-ups of objects in the farthest depths of outer space are attracting new visitors and enticing familiar patrons to return.
Adler Planetarium Boosts Image Quality
The Grainger's Digistar 6 system is billed as providing 8K resolution. It is comprised of "six Sony SRX-T615 4K projectors with 18,000 lumens per projector and 12,000:1 contrast," according to the company.
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The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
In May of 2016, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis opened their new Beyond Spaceship Earth gallery which includes an immersive space object experience called the Schaefer Planetarium & Space Object Theater.
Museum of Technology Zeiss-Grossplanetarium
On August 25, 2016 the large ZEISS planetarium in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg district reopened, following extensive renovation work and upgrades with Digistar and Zeiss technology.
DellEMC Case Study on E&S
To deliver its industry-leading Digistar planetarium projection software, Evans & Sutherland sought a dependable, robust platform to easily incorporate into a turnkey solution that could be supported virtually anywhere in the world.
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Evans & Sutherland Presents World's First True8K™ at GSCA Digital Dome Day
E&S and Christie® are proud to be major partner-level sponsors of the annual Giant Screen Cinema Association International Conference and Trade Show (GSCA) taking place October 4-7 at downtown Toronto's Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Scotiabank Theatre, and the Ontario Science Centre
GSCA Conference in Toronto to Feature True8K™ Digital Dome Demo
Evans & Sutherland will demonstrate the Digistar digital planetarium/dome cinema system with 10 Christie 4K projectors on the dome screen at the Ontario Science Centre Shoppers Drug Mart Omnitheater.
Zeiss-Großplanetarium Berlin to Install Digistar with Zeiss Velvet Projectors
Evans & Sutherland and the Zeiss-Großplanetarium Berlin, are pleased to announce that the E&S Digistar system will be installed in the newly renovated Zeiss-Großplanetarium scheduled for reopening in Summer 2016.
E&S To Introduce Digistar 6 at IPS
Evans & Sutherland (E&S) will introduce Digistar 6, it's latest release of the world renowned Digistar digital planetarium/digital dome system at the International Planetarium Society (IPS) Conference in Warsaw, Poland on June 20, 2016.
Digistar 5 dazzles audiences, Engages Students, at Refurbished COSI Planetarium
“Upgrading to the Digistar 5 system with the Christie projectors was huge for us,” says Kate Storm, director of theaters, COSI. “This system does everything we ever wanted a planetarium to do or wished it could do.”
“The technology in the planetarium allows us to create and develop unique content,” says Storm. “We created a custom show meeting Ohio’s learning standards for fifth graders in Columbus city schools during specially designed field trips. The feedback was incredible. Teachers and administrators told us the students could visualize and explain the concepts when they returned to school.”
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Delta College Planetarium program features Mars
Our Digistar family at Delta College Planetarium have created a new show featuring Mars. "Dateline: MARS!" includes panoramic and full-dome imagery returned from still-active missions like the NASA Curiosity rover and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Future Mars missions, including plans for manned exploration, are revealed. If you're in the Michigan area, be sure to stop in to see their show.
Burke Baker's Planetearium Re-Opening Out of this World
"This week Evans & Sutherland delivered on their True8K vision and exceeded all our expectations in Houston. The combination of high resolution, high contrast, high brightness, and rich color palette has turned our planetarium into a destination with record crowds and much applause. We have a star field that is as dark and rich as any on Earth. We have video that is far sharper, more vibrant, and more immersive than in any movie theater. In a True8K planetarium with its high frame rate, a new reality surrounds you, immerses you, and takes you where you could never go before. The Burke Baker Planetarium is not just a movie theater, but a unique audience experience, like a world-class exhibit, to be enjoyed oand over again." -Dr. Carolyn Sumners
Vice President for Astronomy and the Physical Sciences
True 8K Digistar 5 System Ships to Houston
The True8K Digistar 5 system with 10 Sony projectors is carefully packed and shipped, bound for installation at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Latest from our team in Tromso, Norway
Image Credit: Marty Sisam/Evans & Sutherland
After a very snowy day with gale force winds the team returned to the Eiscat site last night. The weather forecast was very poor but our own local analysis suggested the possibility of a hole developing over the mountainous valley of Ramfjorden, site of the Eiscat installation.
In snow over 2 foot deep they set up the camera equipment for the four hour timelapse sequence. This would provide about 30 seconds of material for viewing on the dome. All shooting was being done in 8K format.
After an hour or so the sky cleared and although aurora activity was forecast to be low a beautiful outburst of green Aurora lit the valley and silhouetted the Radar Dish as it moved across the heavens.
Using radar, the Eiscat instruments investigate the upper atmosphere and search for disturbances related to geomagnetic activity.
Bangkok's long-time astronomical center is ready to beckon and captivate a new generation of children with the universe's mystical lure. The galaxies can now be explored using Digistar 5 in the renovated Bangkok Planetarium.
Digital renovation of the Space Theater
The Space Theatre in the National Museum of Natural Science, Taichung was the first large planetarium in Taiwan. Upon deciding to update the facility, the museum started its renovation with a single multi-purpose 8K Digistar 5 system in August 2014, with the renovation completed in June 2015.
Griffith Observatory Upgrades to Digistar 5
Griffith Observatory's new 8K Digistar 5 system drives 6 Christie Boxer projectors to produce crisp, bright images never before seen on their historic dome. Our proprietary auto-blending and auto-alignment technology allows us to take these 6 different projectors to create one bright, seamless, uniform, hi-resolution image on their iconic dome.
Science Center of Iowa Planetarium Installation
This week we are installing a new Digistar 5 system with two Christie Boxer projectors and 4K resolution video.
After about 10 months, visitors to the Science Center of Iowa will once again be able to explore space in the center's planetarium.
The Science Center's planetarium has been dark since mid-January when an "electrical occurrence" took out the system in the center's 50-foot, domed Star Theater.
Des Moines Register Article
GSCA Dome Day 2015
As a follow-up to the world's first, split screen demo between 15/70 film and 8K fulldome digital projection at the Science Museum of Virginia last October, Evans & Sutherland (E&S) again demonstrated an 8K Digistar 5 digital fulldome system at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California for the Giant Screen Cinema Association's (GSCA) Dome Day.
Giant Screen Cinema Association 2015 Sponsorship
The Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) is pleased to announce that Evans & Sutherland has signed on as a partner-level sponsor, the highest level of support, for the upcoming GSCA International Conference and Trade Show in San Francisco on September 9-11.
Science Centre Singapore
One of three new 8K resolution E&S 2015 installations in Asia, the Science Center Sinapore's Omni-Theatre is Asia's brightest digital fulldome system with each of the five Christie Boxer 4K30 projectors displaying a never-before-seen 30,000 lumens in a dome.
At-Bristol Science Centre
At-Bristol Science Centre, one of the UK's leading interactive science centres, is upgrading its Planetarium to become the UK's first digital 3D Planetarium.
The Swiss Transport Museum (STM) features Europe's first "8K" Digistar 5 digital fulldome system.
Flint, Michigan's Planetarium debuts most advanced technology in North America
Historically known as "The Vehicle City", Flint will be unveiling a completely renovated Longway Planetarium in the city’s revered Cultural Center campus. The event will be taking place during a weekend long celebration called the "Weekend of Wonder", May 29 – May 31.
8K Systems Demystified
The term "8K" is one of the latest buzz words in the fulldome community. As of today, there is no industry specification or standard definition for 8K. Many have taken liberties in calling systems that use five or six 4K projectors as "8K" solutions, when they actually do not produce 8K x 8K resolution.