New Projection System Coming to Sudekum Planetarium in Preparation for Eclipse Premiere
Planetarium will go dark during projector installation January 17-20.
Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 13, 2017—On Tuesday, Jan. 17, Adventure Science Center's Sudekum Planetarium will be shutting down to install new Sony T615 projectors featuring brighter output, crisper image, and improved contrast. The new technology, generously funded by the Sudekum Memorial Trust, will take the quality of the fulldome shows to a whole new level.
The new upgrades will be the first in several years. "During the construction of the Space Chase exhibition gallery, the planetarium underwent major upgrades, including a transition from slide-based to digital projectors," said Derrick Rohl, Sudekum Planetarium Manager. "Today’s technology changes rapidly, and we're thrilled to remain on the cutting edge. The new projectors will make an already spectacular experience even better.”
Sudekum Planetarium boasts a 63-foot dome and a GOTO Chiron optical star projector capable of producing a staggering 6.5 million stars. The Chiron works in tandem with a Digistar 5 fulldome projection system, the only hybrid system of this type in the United States, to create breathtakingly realistic skies and journeys through space. Custom-built especially for Adventure Science Center’s Sudekum Planetarium, the optical lenses on the new Sony T615 projectors will bring a stunning new level of clarity to this industry-leading system.
The upgrades are being installed on a tight schedule in order to be in place for the January 20th red carpet premiere of the new original, fulldome, Sudekum Planetarium production–ECLIPSE: The Sun Revealed. Tickets for this exclusive event are available at www.adventuresci.org/eclipsepremiere.
The Sudekum Planetarium will reopen to the public on Saturday, Jan. 21, for the public premiere of ECLIPSE: The Sun Revealed and an eclipse celebration. More information about these events is available at www.adventuresci.org.