ZEISS Equips India's Most Cutting-Edge Planetarium in Kolkata with 3D Projection Technology

The refurbished Space Theatre opened on 18 February 2019

JENA/Germany, KOLKATA/India | 22. February 2019 | Planetariums

With its 23-meter dome and 360 seats, the Science City planetarium in Kolkata, the state capital of West Bengal in India, is one of the largest planetariums on the subcontinent. Following an extensive renovation, India's Minister of Culture, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, reopened the planetarium – now equipped with entirely new technology – on 18 February 2019.

ZEISS was responsible for the complete retrofitting of the dome theatre, transforming it into the most cutting-edge digital planetarium in India. The modernization has enabled the technological switch from analog 2D to digital 3D stereo projection. The projection dome and the previous analog planetarium technology from a Japanese manufacturer were completely replaced. ZEISS installed a six-channel stereo full-dome system with projectors that enable especially bright and detailed projection. The first movie to be shown is “The Life of Trees”, a German production distributed by ZEISS. It tells the story of two insects, who take the audience on a journey of discovery as they dive into the exciting world of plants.

ZEISS was also responsible for the LED dome illumination, the new sound system and the seating in cooperation with the local agency Orbit Animate.

Science City is a science park and the largest of its kind in India. Each year, it attracts more than a million people from all over the world. The park is part of the National Council of Science Museums.

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ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. In the previous fiscal year, the ZEISS Group generated annual revenue totaling more than 5.8 billion euros in its four segments Industrial Quality & Research, Medical Technology, Consumer Markets and Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology (status: 30 September 2018).

For its customers, ZEISS develops, produces and distributes highly innovative solutions for industrial metrology and quality assurance, microscopy solutions for the life sciences and materials research, and medical technology solutions for diagnostics and treatment in ophthalmology and microsurgery. The name ZEISS is also synonymous with the world's leading lithography optics, which are used by the chip industry to manufacture semiconductor components. There is global demand for trendsetting ZEISS brand products such as eyeglass lenses, camera lenses and binoculars.

With a portfolio aligned with future growth areas like digitalization, healthcare and Smart Production and a strong brand, ZEISS is shaping the future far beyond the optics and optoelectronics industries. The company's significant, sustainable investments in research and development lay the foundation for the success and continued expansion of ZEISS' technology and market leadership.

With approximately 30,000 employees, ZEISS is active globally in almost 50 countries with around 60 of its own sales and service companies, more than 30 production sites and around 25 development sites. Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. The Carl Zeiss Foundation, one of the largest foundations in Germany committed to the promotion of science, is the sole owner of the holding company, Carl Zeiss AG.

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

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