Illuminating the Planetarium

When the new Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science is completed downtown, external illumination of the planetarium sphere will make it a sight to be seen, day or night. Last week, Museum staff met with a team from Electrosonic, and braved lightning, thunder, and rain to test out the projection equipment that will illuminate the planetarium’s exterior after sunset. The team set up two 22,000 lumen projectors in the back of a van, and projected images onto an 8ft x 8ft panel painted to match the color of the future planetarium sphere. Have a look at some test images, and then just imagine what the view will be, driving by the Museum’s spherical planetarium after dark.

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