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Scotland’s first fulldome digital planetarium launched

Glasgow Science Centre boost visitor offering

Date : 01/09/2015

Glasgow Science Centre launched Scotland’s first ever fulldome digital planetarium after a £450,000 upgrade.

Officially opening on September 5th, the new system offers a truly astronomical experience with the only state-of-the-art fulldome digital planetarium in Scotland. The Science Centre will take visitors on a journey through space and beyond, for a fully immersive experience.

The live presenter-led planetarium shows feature age appropriate lectures and learning. There are adult learning lectures and night classes, as well as presentations for pupils of all ages- allowing GSC to engage with family audiences and young children alike.

As well as the presenter-led astronomy shows, the new system can showcase fulldome films, compared to cinema screens the films will be displayed 360° across the 15вЂ?metre hemispherical dome of the planetarium giving a truly spectacular experience. Google’s “Back to the Moon for Good”, narrated by Tim AllenвЂ? the voice of Buzz Lightyear in Disney’s Toy StoryвЂ? will be amongst the first fulldome films shown at the planetarium.

Dr Stephen Breslin, Chief Executive of Glasgow Science Centre said:

“This significant investment by Glasgow Science Centre will able us to transport visitors around the cosmos in a way that will capture the imaginations of young and old. Never before have Scots been able to land on the Moon or the surface of Mars; to soar through the rings of Saturn or see new planets as they are discovered.”

Astronomer Steve Owens, the new manager of the planetarium at Glasgow Science Centre said:

“I am so excited to introduce the new digital system to all GSC visitors. The upgrade has truly transformed our planetarium allowing us to take our audience to the edge of the known universe, to planets around alien stars, and to anywhere in our own solar system.”

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