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

New 360-degree video system from ZEISS delivers outstanding image quality

JENA/Germany, VIENNA/Austria | 22. March 2018 | Planetariums

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.

Over 100,000 people visit the planetarium in Vienna each year. The current shows are gradually being modified to take full advantage of the new projection system. The new digital video projection solution supplements the existing planetarium projector, a ZEISS UNIVERSARIUM, Model IX. Now it is also possible to combine the existing star projector and its unparalleled brilliant night sky with digital projections. This combination of analog and digital projection, known as a hybrid planetarium, makes it easier for visitors to understand and comprehend what is happening in the sky. At the same time, the technology makes it possible to present fulldome films from around the world on a wide range of different subjects. After record attendance last year, the planetarium is now optimally equipped to welcome more visitors in 2018.

The first planetarium in Vienna was opened in 1927 and was initially intended to be open for a year. This was also the first planetarium outside Germany. A permanent planetarium was built in 1930, but was destroyed in 1945. Today's planetarium opened back in 1964 and stands in Vienna’s Prater park, near the famous giant Ferris wheel. It was completely renovated in the early 2000s.

Press Contact

Gudrun Vogel
Phone: +49 3641 64-2770
gudrun .vogel @zeiss .com


ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. The ZEISS Group develops, produces and distributes measuring technology, microscopes, medical technology, eyeglass lenses, camera and cinema lenses, binoculars and semiconductor manufacturing equipment. With its solutions, the company constantly advances the world of optics and helps shape technological progress. ZEISS is divided up into the four segments Research & Quality Technology, Medical Technology, Vision Care/Consumer Products and Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology. The ZEISS Group is represented in more than 40 countries and has over 50 sales and service locations, more than 30 manufacturing sites and about 25 research and development centers around the globe.

In fiscal year 2016/17 the company generated revenue approximating €5.3 billion with more than 27,000 employees. Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. Carl Zeiss AG is the strategic management holding company that manages the ZEISS Group. The company is wholly owned by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation).

Further information at

ZEISS in Jena

At the Jena site all four segments are represented by the Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, Medical Technology and Microscopy business groups, the Planetariums unit and the Central Research area of ZEISS. Jena is also the headquarters of the central service company for the production operations of the ZEISS Group. ZEISS employs more than 2,000 people at its Jena site.

Press Contact

Gudrun Vogel
Phone: +49 3641 64-2770
gudrun .vogel @zeiss .com

Further Information
Press Photo
Further Articles

New Planetarium in Korea Equipped with ZEISS Digital Projection Technology

Incheon city library opens its doors for astronomical and scientific education

In mid-May, the Sunhark ByeolBit city library in Incheon, Korea, was equipped with a ZEISS powerdome fulldome system.

May 17, 2018

Enhanced powerdome Software for ZEISS planetariums

ZEISS presents the new software package ZEISS powerdome IV at the meeting of the German Speaking Planetarium Association

ZEISS presented the software ZEISS powerdome IV for the first time at this year's meeting of the German Speaking Plan...

May 2, 2018

ZEISS Overhauls Space Theater in Kolkata

Digital technology enables 3D space flights

ZEISS has been commissioned with modernizing the Space Theater at Science City in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal.

Feb 20, 2018