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IPS Planetarian Article Features Liberty Science Center

The latest issue of the International Planetarium Society's Planetarian Magazine features an article about our latest True8K™ installation in the new Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium at Liberty Science Center, the Western Hemisphere's largest dome theater.

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2018 Mar 16

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Specialty cinema reaches for E&S True8K

On 19 April 2017, leaders and directors of more than 50 science museums across China gathered in the world's largest fulldome (digital dome) theater, at the China Science and Technology Museum in Beijing. for a demonstration of Evans & Sutherland (E&S) True8K™ technology. The demo was part of the Beijing International Film Festival. According to local press and others who were there, industry viewers at the demo received True8K as an absolute breakthrough – achieving the highest possible image quality on a giant dome screen and definitively surpassing the longtime benchmark set by 1570 film.

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2017 Jun 05

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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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2017 Feb 27

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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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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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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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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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2018 Lunar Calendar

The E&S 2018 Lunar Calendar is ready! Shipments will begin soon, or you can get your own copy here! To receive a free calendar, submit a request via our contact form.

2017 Oct 30

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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.

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2017 Apr 19

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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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2016 Dec 14

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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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On Earth as it is From Heaven

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.

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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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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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.

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2017 Jul 17

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Mars
One Thousand One

Go behind the scenes with Rob Landis for a look at the filming of Mars - One Thousand One.

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2017 Mar 14

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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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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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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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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