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News Release — 8 October 2009
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ARLINGTON - The Planetarium at UT Arlington reopens Monday, Oct. 12, with the first Digistar 4 technology in Texas, offering brighter and sharper images. Digistar 4 planetarium software is capable of generating 3D graphics, as well as playing immersive full-dome video. The upgrade includes a new digital light processing projection system that brings digital clarity to make images and videos crisper and brighter.
"Imagine taking a ride around Saturn in three dimensions," said Planetarium Director Levent Gurdemir. "That is the effect the viewer will experience with the new equipment and software."
Digistar4 is still under development and the upgrade will be ongoing with final release of the software to be made in November.
The Planetarium, 700 Planetarium Place, also will premiere its third original production, "Unseen Universe: The Vision of SOFIA," at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13.
The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is a 2.5 meter telescope carried aboard a Boeing 747 airplane. The show, funded by a grant from NASA, was developed by Manfred Cuntz, associate professor of physics and the planetarium staff. Viewers will experience the sensation of flying with SOFIA and learn how stars and planets are formed as they explore all parts of the Electro-Magnetic Spectrum.
Visit the planetarium Web site for the fall schedule, which includes seven shows, four of them new. In addition to "The Vision of SOFIA," they include:
The complete fall schedule is posted at http://www.uta.edu/planetarium/shows/.
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