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The University of Arizona's Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium is reaching beyond the stars. Over the summer Flandrau installed a state-of-the-art digital projection system in the Planetarium that immerses audience members in 360 degree views of not just the solar system, but weather back here on earth, the internal workings of our bodies, and much more. Nicknamed Flandrau FullDome, it is the first projection system of its kind in the United States.  

The projection system is called Colorspace and is made by a Swedish company. According to Shipherd Reed, operations and communications manager at Flandrau Science Center, the "new setup can tap into real-time scientific data and use them to render a show for an experience bound to captivate visitors as they tour the Earth, the solar system and the universe like never before."

Audience members will visually "fly above the Earth to observe swirling weather patterns, fly over over the surface of Mars, swoop through the ice crystals of Saturn's rings, zoom out from our solar system to see our entire Milky Way galaxy in vivid detail, explore the majestic and colorful remains of a recent supernova, and travel to the edge of the known universe" says Reed.  

The Flandrau FullDome system is made up of high powered computers that can project data through two ultra high definition projectors; providing clearer, crisper pictures compared to previous projection systems. UA students will also benefit from the technology with professors using the software to immerse students in their classroom topics.  

Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium is hosing a FullDome debut party on Friday September 5th from 4 PM to 10 PM. According to the event website there will be "family friendly science activities and demonstrations on the exhibit floor, demos in our Marine Discovery Lab, a Prize Wheel, a raffle for a Flandrau Family Membership, and free telescope viewing in the Flandrau Observatory." 

A full schedule of the FullDome shows is below. 

  • 4:00pm: Touring the Planets
  • 5:30pm: Magic Tree House: Space Mission
  • 7:00pm: Tucson Sky and Beyond
  • 8:00pm: Back to the Moon for Good
  • 9:00pm: Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon


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