A night sky in 4K has been reconstructed in the Dome of the Maloka, Colombian planetarium, with the use of five Christie Mirage 304K projectors that, together, produce 150.000 lumens of brightness.
For astronomers, planetariums have always been invaluable places for appreciating the movement of stars, reproduced in the past with rather fanciful projection techniques.
Today, the planetarium domes, rather than study tools for specialists, have become tourist attractions for those interested in the mysteries and vastness of the cosmos, reproduced in 4K on large surfaces. The Maloka Dome in Colombia, for example, boasts 20 million pixels to reconstruct the night sky and its fascinating movement.
To build the installation, five Christie Mirage 304K projectors that generate 150.000 lumens, able to make every visit as engaging from the point of view of the show as it does on the academic and scientific side.
It can be said, in fact, without fear of denial that digital projection has changed the way planetariums operate like the Maloka Dome: the technology achieved allows them to project images of the stars almost in real time. In practice, all objects known in the solar system and beyond can be explored without the visitor having to leave a comfortable reclining seat.
In short, the academic and entertainment worlds meet and share techniques to explain and clearly explore even the most complex topics, taking advantage of the best projection technologies currently available.
Each of the five Christie Mirage projectors, with 3DLP technology and 30.000 lumens, covers 20% of the curved dome from 22 meters to 180-degrees, lighting up the imagination of visitors and… aspiring astronauts!
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