December 8, 2017 - Jersey City, NJ - Imagine standing on the bridge of a starship. One moment you're navigating through the icy rings of Saturn, and then suddenly, you're in ancient China witnessing the construction of a massive tomb of the first Emperor. Imagine no longer. Thanks to the power of Digistar 6, a groundbreaking True8K™ display system, and a NanoSeam dome, the new Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium at Liberty Science Center, the largest and most technologically advanced planetarium in the Western Hemisphere, is your portal to amazing and unseen worlds, just waiting for you to discover.
The theater represents the absolute state-of-the-art digital projection technology and scientific visualization from Evans & Sutherland and seamless dome screen technology from Spitz. The True8K system projects more than 88 million pixels over the entire dome. This is the highest giant screen dome resolution in the world. The 10 Christie Boxer 4K projectors (30,000 lumens each, for a total brightness of 300,000 lumens) are seamlessly aligned and blended with E&S auto alignment and auto blending systems for a bright, colorful image that surpasses the quality of 1570 film.
"Evans & Sutherland and their talented team have delivered a spectacular, high-resolution digital system that has exceeded our expectations. Liberty Science Center is now home to the biggest and most technologically advanced planetarium in the Western Hemisphere," said Paul Hoffman, President and CEO of Liberty Science Center. "We are delighted to introduce the state-of-the-art Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium to the world, allowing our visitors to experience worlds they've never seen, and inspire them to dream beyond their wildest imaginations."
"The True8K system at Liberty Science Center showcases the cutting-edge of digital projection technology and the power of our Digistar 6 system to present a nearly unlimited variety of content to the audiences at this amazing facility," said Kirk Johnson, President and COO of Evans & Sutherland. "We are honored that Liberty Science Center chose E&S to create the first True8K giant screen theater in the world and look forward to working together for many years into the future."
In addition to having the ability to present giant screen films in unprecedented clarity and beauty, the Digistar 6 system has an extensive suite of real time astronomy features, allowing audiences to explore the universe in three dimensions while witnessing the latest scientific discoveries, automatically updated in the system on almost a daily basis.
About Evans & Sutherland
Evans & Sutherland (www.es.com) provides Digistar 6, the world's most advanced digital fulldome planetarium and digital dome cinema system, ideal for replacing 1570 film systems. Digistar 6 combines fulldome video playback in 2D and 3D with the most comprehensive real time 3D digital astronomy package ever assembled, all within a powerful easy-to-use graphical user interface that makes creating shows more intuitive than ever. The unique capabilities of the system, the Digistar Cloud Library (a resource for community content sharing), Domecasting (live broadcasting to planetariums), Show Builder (a powerful and intuitive way to build shows), the Digistar STEAM library (included content for science, technology, engineering, art, and math), and Ease of Use, combine to provide unequalled capabilities for immersive dome experiences. Evans & Sutherland is also the world's leading producer and distributor of digital fulldome shows including show converted from giant screen film. As a full-service system provider, E&S also offers Spitz domes, SciDome, hybrid planetarium systems and a full range of theater systems. E&S markets include planetariums, science centers, themed attraction venues, and premium large-format theaters. E&S products have been installed in over 1,300 theaters worldwide. Visit the E&S website at www.es.com.
About Liberty Science Center
Liberty Science Center (LSC.org) is a 300,000-square-foot not-for-profit learning center located in Liberty State Park on the Jersey City bank of the Hudson near the Statue of Liberty. Dedicated to bringing the power, promise, and pure fun of science and technology to people of all ages, Liberty Science Center houses 12 museum exhibition halls, a live animal collection with 110 species, giant aquariums, a 3D theater, live simulcast surgeries, a tornado-force wind simulator, K-12 classrooms and labs, and teacher-development programs. More than 250,000 students visit the Science Center each year, and tens of thousands more participate in the Center's offsite and online programs. Welcoming more than 650,000 visitors annually, LSC is the largest interactive science center in the NYC-NJ metropolitan area.
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