Digital Full Dome Planetarium Theater

The Bishop Planetarium is the region’s premier astronomy education facility, as well as a multimedia theater for films, lectures, live music and digital art performances. The Planetarium is a foundational component of the South Florida Museum’s Mission: To engage and inspire learners of all ages; we protect, interpret and communicate scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world, and our universe. The new Planetarium system – the Digistar 5 dual Projection System installed in October 2013 – improves the viewer experience of the Museum’s expanding full-dome show library with projectors that are more than three times as bright and twelve times crisper (higher contrast) than the previous projectors. The system allows for exploration of Earth through the use of 200 continually updated satellite datasets of our planet’s land, ocean, atmosphere and climate and live Bing and OnTerra views of the entire planet. 

“We waited for the new Digistar system to be released, and I'm happy to say that I'm glad we did,” says Bishop Planetarium Director Jeff Rodgers. “The projection is bright, crisp and beautiful. And the new astronomy software is simply amazing. The stars in the night sky look fantastic, but there's so much more. We have a digital, three-dimensional map of the entire universe. We can lift off from Earth and fly out of our solar system, out of our galaxy, and out to the very edge of the universe. Or we can orbit Earth, using satellite data to observe and understand our planet in a whole new way. It's hard to imagine a more powerful set of tools for exploring our universe and our place in it.”

Incorporating unidirectional stadium style seating and a digital 25,000 watt Dolby 5.1 surround sound system, the Bishop Planetarium Theater is capable of accommodating a wide range of programs, from lectures to film series to live performances. But first and foremost, the planetarium is a remarkable astronomy education resource, allowing visitors to explore their universe through traditional live star talks and immersive virtual journeys to the far reaches of the cosmos.

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Countdown to "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" - Sunday, March 9 at 9 pm

Leading up to the premiere of the new Cosmos series with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey premiering on Fox, the National Geographic Channel and eight other cable channels on Sunday, March 9 at 9 pm, the Museum will be counting down our top ten favorite moments from the original Carl Sagan series, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Check back here or follow us on Twitter or Facebook for updates! We'll also be live tweeting the premiere, so make sure to connect with us online.

10. Carl Sagan surveys our Milky Way Galaxy while traveling the Cosmos on the "ship of the imagination." Click here for the clip.

9. The “stuff” of our universe – atoms, elements, and the chemistry of the cosmos. Click here for the clip.

8. What is the fourth dimension and how might we experience it? Click here for the clip.

7. The Cosmic Creation Calendar: what is the history of our universe, solar system, Earth, life and humanity? Click here for the clip

6. Looking at the beginning of everything in “the Edge of Forever.” Click here for the clip.

5. Disruptions in spacetime by gravity, otherwise known as… Black Holes! Click here for the clip.

4. The Drake Equation: ecology and the inevitability of life. Click here for the clip.

3. The evolution of life on Earth. Click here for the clip.

2. "Those worlds in space are as countless as all the grains of sand on all the beaches of all the Earth." Click here for the clip.

1. Physics and the size of our Universe: "To make an apple pie from scratch you must first invent the Universe." Click here for the clip.

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