New High Tech Equipment at Strasenburgh Planetarium

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A whole new digital experience has come to the Strasenburgh Planetarium at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. 

The new system called Digistar 6 which is part of a brand new show space show called ‘Outer Space to Inner Space’ starts with a close view of Rochester then zooms out to view the entire planet Earth and beyond. The museum’s President & CEO Hillary Olson hopes this new upgrade will not only draw in more visitors but spark an interest to explore the stars.

“Our staff and the audience, when they first see how modern this is they just light up with interest! At last in the modern world, this is something that works in a modern way,” said Steve Fentress, Director of RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium. 

The Digistar 6  receives up to the minute data from NASA, NOAA, the U.S. Geological Survey plus the National Science Foundation, so that audiences can enjoy the view of planets up close and in real time.

“What we really want is for them to learn about the solar system, about the night sky, about the stars and then go outside at night and see it for themselves,” said Olson.

The cost of the entire digital upgrade is an estimate $1.2 million, which came from private donors and from the state of New York. 

The planetarium’s original star projector “Carl” isn’t going anywhere, it’ll also be making appearances throughout the shows. The planetarium reopens tomorrow at 10 a.m. and its expected to have at least 20 shows a week. 

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