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November 2019

Planetarium Anniversary

Moscow Planetarium Celebrates 90th Anniversary

On 5 November, the planetarium in Moscow, which is equipped with ZEISS technology, celebrated its 90th anniversary. The celebrations in Russia’s oldest planetarium welcomed 350 guests from the worlds of business, politics and academia, as well as representatives from other Russian planetariums and the Russian Federal Space Agency itself. “We have a longstanding and very good relationship with the planetarium in Moscow. We are delighted that the approximately 3,000 visitors we welcome each day have helped the planetarium become one of the world’s most visited,” said Head of ZEISS Planetariums Martin Kraus during the celebrations.


April 2019


ZEISS acquires Uniview software from SCISS for integration into fulldome systems

The company SCISS AB, based in Stockholm, Sweden, developed Uniview, a visualization software for planetariums. The software makes it possible to move spatially in the known universe and to demonstrate astronomical effects. ZEISS has sold licenses for the use of Uniview as a distribution partner of SCISS since 2005. Recently a coupling was developed to bring the digital and optical-mechanical projectors together to create the first smart hybrid control with Uniview and ZEISS star projection.
SCISS filed for insolvency in January 2019. In the course of the insolvency proceedings, the assets of the former company were auctioned off in March 2019. ZEISS won the contract, exclusively acquiring the rights to all components of the Uniview software in the latest version.


November 2018

Planetarium Upgrade

Vitenfabrikken in Sandnes modernises planetarium with ZEISS

The "Science Factory" in Sandnes is a modern museum and science centre in Norway that opened ten years ago. The numerous interactive exhibitions include a planetarium with a dome diameter of 8 metres featuring ZEISS technique for the natural simulation of the starry sky. For early summer 2019 the modernization of the technology is planned. ZEISS will install a new fulldome system consisting of two ZEISS VELVET projectors and upgrade the SKYMASTER ZKP 4 planetarium projector with new long-lasting LED illuminations as well as a with a new improved control system. Thanks to the pure white light of the LED light sources, the starry sky visibly gains brilliance. At the same time, maintenance costs are reduced for the customer.

The visit to the planetarium is particularly inspiring for children and young people to explore the natural sciences and the environment. The new VELVET projectors with their starry sky like contrast create the conditions for even more enthusiasm. In combination with the ZKP 4 star projector and the new powerdome IV software, the world of stars and galaxies will become even more impressive and vivid for visitors.

The modernisation also extends to the dome lighting and sound system of the planetarium. From summer 2019, the Vitenfabrikken's planetarium will be as good as new, as the participants of the Nordic Planetarium Association will be able to see at their conference in 2019.

October 2019

New Planetarium

Planetarium in India Features ZEISS Technology

On 4 October 2019, Chief Minister of the Indian state of Jharkhand, Raghubar Das, inaugurated a new planetarium in the state capital Ranchi. ZEISS equipped the dome theater, which measures 15 meters in diameter, with hybrid planetarium technology comprising a ZEISS SKYMASTER ZKP 4 opto-mechanical planetarium projector and a digital dome projection system. Five high-resolution laser projectors deliver the video images, while the joint controls developed by ZEISS for both projection systems enable the dynamic overlaps of didactic image information and the brilliant artificial night sky achieved by the ZEISS ZKP 4. LED light sources ensure a clear night sky that can otherwise only be viewed high up in the mountains. 


March 2019

Planetarium Opening

Experimenta Heilbronn opened

Germany's largest science center, the experimenta in Heilbronn, opened on 28 March. The Science Dome promises to be one of the main attractions of the new science centre – a unique combination of a planetarium and a theatre. The high-quality multimedia and theatrical equipment of the Science Dome creates an atmosphere that is unparalleled even in today's media-influenced world - with wind and fog machines, water curtains, state-of-the-art laser technology and the specially equipped star projector UNIVERSARIUM Mark IX from ZEISS.


September 2018

Fulldome Film

New Show in Distribution

The extensive range of shows distributed by ZEISS also includes the production of the Donezk Planetarium "To Worlds Beyond", a visually stunning journey through the solar system. ZEISS has now translated Dr. William Gutsch's manuscript into German and produced the German soundtrack. The journey leads to the planets of the solar system, their most interesting moons and into the outer area with dwarf planets like Pluto. Informative and powerful. A planetarium show for everyone. 


April 2018


ESO Supernova Planetarium and Visitor Centre opened with ZEISS technology

The ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre is a newly built astronomical centre directly next to the headquarters of the European Southern Observatory in Garching near Munich. It opened its doors to the public on 28 April 2018.

The heart of the ESO Supernova is the planetarium with VELVET projection technology and various three-dimensional astronomical databases for simulation of the night sky and cosmic space. The 14 m projection dome is inclined by 25 degrees and thus offers a good view of the projections from all seats.


ESO Supernova Planetarium and Visitor Centre opened with ZEISS technology

September 2019

UNIVIEW Domecast

Participate in the Kavli Fulldome Lecture Series – A Universe of Surprises

For the Kavli Lectures raw data are taken and turned into a stunning visual journey to the very edge of human knowledge that is delivered live via domecast technology and YouTube 360 to individuals all around the world. Whether you’re an academic or a layperson who loves learning, the Kavli Lectures challenge you to see every unsolved cosmic mystery as a chance to discover something new.


July 2018

VELVET Upgrade

New Fulldome Video System for Granada

In mid-July, ZEISS installed a new fulldome video system in the planetarium in Granada, Spain. The two ZEISS VELVET projectors replace an older fulldome system. The computer technology and software have also been completely renewed. "The new technology ensures that the planetarium, which was built over 20 years ago, once again meets modern presentation standards and keeps pace with technological and scientific advances in astronomy,” says Martin Kraus, head of the ZEISS planetarium division. 


May 2018

New Planetarium

New Planetarium in Korea Equipped with ZEISS Digital Fulldome Technology

In mid-May, the Sunhark ByeolBit city library in Incheon, Korea, was equipped with a ZEISS powerdome fulldome system. ZEISS has developed the powerdome software capable of combining six partial images from six digital JVC projectors to create a dazzling display on the dome. The video projections make it possible to visualize astronomical objects in real time and show fulldome films on the 12 m dome. The system was delivered with the program WorldWide Telescope optimized for fulldome projection. It enables visitors to embark on a journey through the solar system and beyond, exploring interstellar and galactic realms.

“The technology from ZEISS will help students in particular to understand the cosmos and showcase the beauty of the universe,” says Head of Planetariums Martin Kraus. The city library in the district of Yeonsu-gu, whose name means “starlight,” is a new building constructed on previously unused land. 

Enhanced powerdome Software for ZEISS planetariums

April 2018

Software Release

ZEISS presents new powerdome version IV

With the enhanced "powerdome IV" software version, ZEISS offers its customers far-reaching presentations from the brilliant night sky on Earth to journeys through the solar system and the Milky Way to the limits of the observable universe. ZEISS presented the software for the first time at this year's meeting of the German Speaking Planetarium Association in Laupheim.