The UNIVERSARIUM projector by Carl Zeiss generates the twinkling starry skies in the biggest planetariums in the world.

Did You Know…

…that ZEISS Lights Up the Stars In the World’s Largest Planetariums?

The UNIVERSARIUM projector by ZEISS generates the twinkling starry skies in the biggest planetariums in the world. The planetarium in the Japanese city of Nagoya is the world’s largest, with a dome measuring 35 meters in diameter. A UNIVERSARIUM projector was installed there just a few weeks ago. The same kind of projector is at the heart of the largest European planetarium in Moscow (with a dome 25 meters in diameter). The largest American planetarium at the St. Louis Science Center is only slightly smaller, with a dome measuring 24 meters in diameter. A UNIVERSARIUM device projects the stars there as well.

The larger an artificial night sky is, the more realistic it appears to the human eye. The realism of the experience is enhanced by the projection onto the dome of precisely the number of stars that the human eye can perceive. Moreover, in these planetariums, the stars are shown in their actual punctiform shape and with their natural flickering and twinkling appearance.

The state-of-the-art computerized system by ZEISS also makes it possible to develop and present complex shows. Visitors big and small can thus learn about the movement of the night sky in an easily understandable fashion. And they’ll certainly recognize more constellations than merely the Big Dipper the next time they survey the night sky!

29 June 2011

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