Largest Planetarium In Western Hemisphere To Open This Weekend At Liberty Science Center
Its diameter is almost twice as long as a bowling alley lane. Its screen is taller than four giraffes. It offers a true 8K projection. Its lights produce trillions of colors. And it will provide breaking space and astronomy news and discoveries in real time.
It is Liberty Science Center’s greatest experience yet–the largest and most technologically advanced planetarium in the entire Western Hemisphere. The only three that are bigger are in Beijing, China, and Nagoya and Niihama, Japan. And it opens just in time for an “out of this world” holiday season.
Liberty Science Center, the largest interactive science center in the NY-NJ metropolitan area, will officially open the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium on December 9, 2017.
Jennifer Chalsty, a New Jersey philanthropist and LSC Board Member, donated $5M to create the planetarium. The gift provided for the conversion of the IMAX Dome Theater from film to digital, the addition of software and hardware necessary for the theater to also function as a planetarium, the replacement of the screen, and the refurbishing of the entire theater.
The incredible new planetarium, which will allow visitors to explore worlds beyond their wildest imaginations, is big enough for the Hayden Planetarium in New York to fit snuggly inside. It is not just the Western Hemisphere’s largest, but also its most technologically advanced planetarium.
- The 10 projector system features a resolution of 88 million pixels — that’s 25 times the resolution of the HDTV in your house and over 6 times the resolution of the new 4K television and movie screens.
- The sophisticated software allows visitors will be able to fly through the universe, experience the vastness of space, roam planetary surfaces, and navigate asteroid fields.
- The lighting system can produce over 281 trillion individual colors. A human can see about 10 million colors, while a computer screen displays about 16.8 million colors for a “full-color” image. Of course, there are only three primary colors — red, yellow and blue.
From a size perspective:
- The planetarium dome has a diameter of 27 meters from one end to the other — about 1.5 times the length of a bowling alley lane.
- From the bottom of the theater to the highest part of the dome screen is 60 feet, which is more than the height of 4 female giraffes stacked on top of each other.
- The surface area of the basically seamless screen is 12,345 square feet. That is a pretty good sized four-bedroom, 2.5 bath home!