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April 2018

Opening

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.

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ESO Supernova Planetarium and Visitor Centre opened with ZEISS technology

January 2018

Customer Experiences

Visitor Record in Bangalore


Congratulations to the Bangalore Planetarium. A year ago the refurbished Bangalore Planetarium in India opened with a new powerdome Hybrid Planetarium featuring a ZEISS SKYMASTER ZKP 4 and a 6-channel VELVET fulldome system. The planetarium director, Pramod Galgali, informed ZEISS about a new visitor record in the history of the Bangalore planetarium: “I am happy to inform you that a little over 300,000 people have visited our planetarium. This is the highest number since our inception in 1989. I would like to thank you for all your support.” The dome measures 15 m in diameter.

Bangalore Planetarium with its SKYMASTER ZKP 4 projector

September 2017

Upgrade

UNIVERSARIUM Mark VIII in Rio de Janeiro


The large size planetarium of Rio de Janeiro was installed in 1998. The 23-m dome is tilted by 27 degrees. Its heart consists of aUNIVERSARIUM Mark VIII planetarium projector. After nearly twenty years of reliable service, the Mark VIII got a comprehensive upgrade. Electronic parts have been replaced with such of modern design. A completely new control system including software gives the user better functionalities and more flexibility. The ZEISS technicians opened the Starball and planet projectors to inspect all parts and refurbished the illumination systems. Now, the Mark VIII is ready for another 20 years of service.

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August 2017

Total Solar Eclipse

ZEISS hosts Special Eclipse Website


Americans get prepared to watch the "Great American Eclipse" on August 21, 2017. Europeans still remember the 1999 total solar eclipse as their most significant astronomical event. ZEISS set up a special Eclipse web site with hints how to watch and photograph the eclipse. Animations created by means of WorldWide Telescope for powerdome provide a better understanding of the phenomenon. If you take part in the photo contest you might win a pair of ZEISS Terra ED Pocket 10x25 binoculars.

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August 2017

Fulldome Film

German Soundtrack for Seeing!


The 360-degree movie »SEEING! – A Photon’s Journey Across Space and Mind« is now available with German narration. »Seeing! – Warum wir das Licht der Sterne sehen« is free of charge by registering and downloading the program from the producers website. Funded through a generous grant by ZEISS this program brings the story of sight and vision to planetariums. Download the German sound files and the replacement dome masters (credits) here.

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June 2017

Products

New Set of Deep-sky Objects with powerdome


The new powerdome release comes with an updated set of deep-sky objects including all Messier objects. We are grateful to the Laupheim (Germany) Planetarium staff led by Werner Kiesle for their tremendous help in incorporating the images, which are consistent  with the best appearance of the objects to the eyes of planetarium experts and visitors.

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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. 


February 2018

Projects

ZEISS Overhauls Science Theater in Kolkata


ZEISS has been commissioned with modernizing the Space Theater at Science City in Kolkata. Science City is a science park and the largest of its kind in India. The park is part of the National Council of Science Museums and comprises the Science Centre and the Convention Centre. The planetarium is currently undergoing extensive renovation. The tilted dome with 23 m in diameter will feature a very high-resolution ZEISS powerdome stereo full-dome system. Digital projectors create a very bright image on the dome. The new projection dome is currently being installed under the direction of ZEISS. For the reconstruction, including LED dome illumination, the new sound system and the seating, ZEISS has partnered with the local representative Orbit Animate. 

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December 2017

Happy Holidays

Thank you for the faithful cooperation


At the end of the year we want to thank our customers, partners and friends for the faithful cooperation in 2017. We wish all of you and your families a Merry Christmas, health, happiness and prosperity in the New Year!

SKYMASTER ZKP 4 is the most popular planetarium projector for our customers. With more than 40 installations all over the world, it helps millions of children and young people to get a clear picture of the starry sky undisturbed by light and dust. They learn to understand the phenomena in the sky and get inspired to explore nature and science. Our in-house projector has decorated itself for the upcoming Holiday Season and thanks you in all our names for your kindness, cooperation and trust!

No matter what you aspire to do in 2018, we would be delighted to help you.


August 2017

Projects

Experimenta Heilbronn orders UNIVERSARIUM Mark IX


ZEISS has received an order to furnish a UNIVERSARIUM Mark IX planetarium with LED illumination for the new Science Dome of Heilbronn‘s experimenta, the biggest Science Center of its kind in southern Germany. By 2019, the Science Center will open a spectacular new five-story building with an annexed Science Dome for special experiences. The dome will feature quite a number of extras, such as a rotating auditorium, water screen, concert stage and movie screen, which promise unique experiences to future viewers. 

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January 2017

Reopening

Bangalore’s Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium Reopens


On 17 January 2017 Siddaramaiah, the Minister of the Indian state of Karnataka, inaugurated the Jawaharlal Nehru planetarium in Bangalore after extensive renovation work. ZEISS was in charge of the technological overhaul and provided assistance as an experienced advisor during reconstruction work on the dome. The hybrid planetarium system comprises an optical-mechanical planetarium projector, the ZEISS SKYMASTER ZKP 4 with LED illumination, and a digital video system, the ZEISS powerdome VELVET. “Today, we are fulfilling our long-cherished wish of allowing visitors to see the universe with all its brilliant and contrast-rich images thanks to the ZEISS projectors,” said Pramod Galgali, Director of the Planetarium, at the inauguration.

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July 2017

Reopening

Birla Planetarium in Kolkata Reopened


The Birla Planetarium in Kolkata reopened on July 18, 2017. The centerpiece of the refurbished planetarium comprises a ZEISS Hybrid Planetarium. The new STARMASTER VELVET system provides up-to-date astronomical insights for the planetarium visitors. Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, and the Mayor of Kolkata, Sovan Chatterjee, inaugurated the completely modernized institution. Recollecting her school days, the Chief Minister said: "I once came to the Birla Planetarium when I was in school. Scince that day I was fascinated by space sciences and astronomy." She expressed her hope that students from every school will visit the planetarium.

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March 2018

Reopening

State-of-the-Art Shows at the Zeiss Planetarium in Vienna


On 15 March 2018, the Zeiss Planetarium in Vienna, Austria reopened after a short break of operation to install new digital projectors. Thanks to the new technology, audiences can enjoy state-of-the-art imagery and sound. In February, ZEISS installed new ZEISS VELVET video projectors which enable fulldome projection across the 630 m2 dome. The projectors, designed and produced by ZEISS, stand out from the rest by offering the best contrast anywhere in the world and achieving an absolute black background. This gives the shows an enhanced visual depth that takes visitors on an immersive journey through the cosmos. “We now have the best projectors out there, with an unsurpassed contrast ratio of 1:2.5 million,“ explained Planetarium Director, Werner Gruber, at the evening event celebrating the planetarium's re-opening. 

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November 2017

Projects

VELVET Projectors for Vienna


The ZEISS planetarium in Vienna will receive a new video system for 360-degree projection to offer new learning opportunities at the planetarium. In addition to the existing technology, ZEISS will deliver VELVET video projectors that boast the world’s highest contrast. The projectors, which were designed and produced specially for planetariums and simulators by ZEISS, achieve an absolute black background. This is a particular requirement in planetariums that put on a host of astronomical presentations. 

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October 2017

Workshop

Successful powerdome Workshop in Laupheim


Directors and projectionists of German, Austrian and Swiss planetariums equipped with ZEISS technology met for a workshop at the Zeiss Planetarium in Laupheim (Germany) end of October. They discussed new features of the ZEISS control and operation software. The ongoing digitization of planetariums poses new challenges to planetarium makers and users. The workshop offered an opportunity to participants to express their expectations and wishes regarding digital contents as well as the manner of operation, while ZEISS was able to receive an open, direct feedback on development lines.
The Laupheim Planetarium proved to be an excellent host to the meeting. In advance of launching, many new features were tested on the 10m dome with the ZEISS VELVET 360-degree video system in combination with the SKYMASTER ZKP 4 star projector. The attendants saw realistic simulations of atmospheric phenomena such as clouds, rain and snow, and learned how polar lights can be projected onto the dome in correct position, color and structure. A new method of encoding data for digital projection enables a distinct improvement of color rendition and sharpness. All participants appeared to be very satisfied. Not least, the exchange of experience among them was a welcome piece of the workshop’s schedule.


September 2017

New Planetarium

University in Juiz de Fora opened new Planetarium


Earlier this month a new planetarium opened in Juiz de Fora, Brazil, featuring a 12-meter dome with a ZEISS fulldome system. It belongs to the "Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora", an important university with more than 20,000 students. The planetarium is open to the public as well and is considered the "City Planetarium". The opening was a huge success. The fact that the university is open to the public and the nice architecture arouses great interest, all shows are fully booked. The building also comprises a science center with exhibitions and a great little observatory. Congratulations to the planetarium team and good luck for the future!

New Planetarium for Juiz de Fora

September 2017

Upgrades

Crisper Stars for the Saint Louis Science Center


A new sky of stars of unsurpassed crispness awaits guests and participants of the Pleiades Conference to be held at the Saint Louis Science Center in Missouri, U.S.A., at the beginning of October.  Greatly assisted by the planetarium staff, ZEISS installed an LED upgrade to the UNIVERSARIUM Mark IX planetarium projector lighting systems this September. From now on, the artificial stars shine twice as brightly and in a more realistic white hue than ever. 

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