Sunday, March 23, 2014

Einstein Planetarium to Undergo Renovations and Reopen with Dark Universe

Neil deGrasse Tyson narrates Dark Universe

From our friends at the Einstein Planetarium...

Renovation Will Include a Brand New 8K Full Dome Digital System, One of the First of Its Kind in the Country

The Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum is set to close temporarily, Sunday, March 23rd, to install a brand new 8K Full Dome Digital System, one of the first of its kind in the country. 8K refers to the ultra-high image quality, which is 16 times the resolution of HD, providing an exceptional level of detail, clarity, contrast, brightness, and color saturation. The renovated Planetarium will also feature a new state of the art, immersive digital sound system.

The 233-seat Planetarium with 70 ft. dome will reopen in mid-April with the Washington, D.C. premiere of Dark Universe, narrated by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. The film celebrates the pivotal discoveries that have led us to greater knowledge of the structure and history of the universe and our place in it-and to new frontiers for exploration. Dark Universe includes authentic data from NASA and European Space Agency missions that are sure to amaze audiences as they uncover the mysteries of the universe in ultra-high quality definition.

The Einstein Planetarium first opened with the museum on July 1, 1976 and has been a popular attraction and educational opportunity for visitors ever since, with 214,779 visitors in fiscal year 2013.