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Fulldome Art with Digistar 5

Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science recently hosted an event featuring the art of local artist, Jenna Citrus, featured on their dome using Digistar 5. We love seeing all the creative and artistic uses of Digistar.





2016 May 03

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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.

2016 Apr 04

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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.

2016 Mar 03

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Aurora Themed Bangkok Planetarium Opens with Excitement


More than 50 years after it first opened, Bangkok's Science Centre for Education - or the Planetarium as it was formerly known - recently underwent eight months of renovations, opening its doors wide again to moonwalkers, both young and old, just in time for National Children's Day.

Billing itself as Thailand's most advanced planetarium and equipped with a single, multipurpose 4K Digistar 5 system from the US, the venue celebrated its return with the screening of the award-winning documentary, "Experience the Aurora" by the leading American company Evans & Sutherland.
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2016 Jan 18

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Planetarium Show for Hearing Impared


We will be screening Wonders of Universe, which has been converted to include a translation for hearing impaired audiences. The program is scheduled for 10th December, 2015 at Yashwant Rao Chavan Planetarium, Nashik, India. This special sign language fulldome planetarium production is a joint effort of Evans & Sutherland, Astral Inc, Nehru Planetarium, INFOVISION and Nashik Municipal Corporation.
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2015 Dec 07

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Christie Case Study on Science Museum of Virginia

Making the move from film to digital projectors, the Science Museum of Virginia upgrades their 1570 giant screen film projection system to the world’s first 8K digital fulldome system installed as a 1570 film projection replacement in a dome, enhancing the content they can offer.
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2015 Nov 16

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Digistar on the White House Lawn


Monday night’s Astronomy Day celebration on the White House lawn featured a portable Discovery Dome operated by educators from the Lunar and Planetary Institute with support from the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Rice University, and Evans & Sutherland. Rice provided the dome as part of their dome loaner program, HMNS provided the projection system and all of the content formatted correctly. Christine Shupla made the 20 minute presentation live using Robot Explorers solar system animations from Evans & Sutherland. Every institution played a critical role in making Astronomy Day under the Dome a success. Christine Shupla’s creative use of Robot Explorers could inspire others to use this show as full-dome animations for telling a live story of NASA’s missions to the planets.

It is exciting to realize that these very portable Discovery Domes can reach every student in the US with the

2015 Oct 20

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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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2016 Apr 15

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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 HMNS

2016 Mar 14

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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.

2016 Feb 15

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Otago Museum's Planetarium Shows are Sellout Success


Using Digistar 5, the talented team at Otago Museum in Dundin, New Zealand, produced three new planetarium shows for their Grand Opening in December 2015. Almost every show since the planetarium's opening has sold out. Read More

2016 Jan 06

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Otago Museum Grand Opening


Otago Museum will debut the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium on Saturday, 5 December, 2015. Their active 3D Digistar 5 marks a new southernmost planetarium in New Zealand, and the only 3D planetarium in Australasia.

They are launching with 3 new shows all created by their in-house production team using Digistar. One of their shows, "Mārama ā-Whetū: Light of the Stars" tells of the Polynesian explorers who navigated across the ocean to Aotearoa New Zealand and highlights New Zealand’s most significant astronomical features.
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2015 Dec 03

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New Digistar 5 to illuminate Scobee Planetarium


San Antonio College's Scobee Planetarium will close for the remainder of the semester starting Nov. 20 to upgrade the projection system in the theater. We are thrilled to be installing a new 4K Digistar 5 system with dual Christie Boxer projectors.
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2015 Nov 13

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Bangkok, Thailand Digistar 5 Installation

E&S recently completed installation at the Bangkok Planetarium in Thailand. The planetarium now has a Hybrid Digistar 5 system with dual center mounted Christie Boxer projectors and a Mark IV Zeiss projector. Opening of the renovated planetarium will be later this year.

2015 Aug 31

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E&S Attends APS Conference in Wellington, NZ

This week E&S is attending the 2016 Australasian Planetarium Society Conference in Wellington, New Zealand - Access to 'Space Place' is by the Cable Car.



2016 Apr 04

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Make Your Mark on an Asteroid



OSIRIS-REx will rocket to asteroid Bennu in September 2016, carrying artwork from artists around the world. For the first time ever NASA is offering all of us the opportunity to place something of our own in the form of photographs or artwork on the surface of an asteroid.

If all goes well OSIRUS Rx is planned to land on the asteroid in 2018 and return samples to Earth landing in the Utah desert on Sept. 24, 2023, a seven year journey to Bennu and back.

We at E&S are planning to submit a number of images from our current edge of Darkness show, which features Asteroid investigation and hope to have a new audience on Bennu! If you’re interested in sending your material to Bennu, here’s the website. If you’re fortunate enough to be selected, do let us know!

http://www.asteroidmi

2016 Mar 09

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On Earth as it is From Heaven


Image Credit: Evans & Sutherland/Marty Sisam

As part of a new 8K show production in conjunction with Houston Museum of Natural Science, Evans & Sutherland has a photography team on the ground north of the Arctic Circle. They are photographing the Aurora Borealis, while coordinating with astronauts aboard the International Space Station to capture the same Aurora, in the same locations at the same time.


Image Credit: NASA/ARES Exploration Science Office

Using special equipment these images are being specifically captured in 8K resolution for the fulldome. The first results of these coordinated aurora images are now coming in. Sunday night (7 February, 2016) this active aurora was captured by our team and the ISS astronauts at the same time over Norway.

2016 Feb 10

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Bangkok Planetarium Returns to the Stars in January


The newly renovated Bangkok planetarium will reopen with a ceremony on Jan. 5 and offer free admission for five days through Jan. 9. The theater now features a 4K-resolution Digistar 5 system.

Via Kiaosod English, read more and watch a time lapse video of the renovation.

2015 Dec 17

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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.
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2015 Nov 18

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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.
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2015 Nov 10

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Surat Full Dome Planetarium Film Festival

The Surat Planetarium Conference begins with an Indian traditional lamp lighting ceremony. We are excited to be participating with our local agent, Infovision.

2015 Aug 05