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Digitalis Planetarium


The planetarium is manufactured by Digitalis Inflatable Domes and is designed for astronomy education. Setup and tear down is less than 10 minutes, the fan is whisper-quiet (advertised) and the zippered doorway is very handy. Our model is 5 meters ( ~ 16 ft.) in diameter with a height at zenith of 3.2 meters ( ~ 10.5 ft.). Safety is big because many school children will see astronomy shows inside. The dome is flame retardant to a rigorous standard, air circulation is constant and the floorless design enables fast emergency exits. Likewise, just lift the side for wheelchair access. The projector is a Digitarium Kappa Portable 2 Digital Planetarium System by Digitalis. With 5000 lumens illuminating 180 degrees of full sky and a resolution of 2.01 megapixels (about 9 pixels per degree of sky), the Portable 2 is an amazing tool to show awesome video shows, scientific visualizations and high-contrast star fields. Software developed by Digitalis Education, Nightshade, runs “... simulations and visualizations for teaching and exploring astronomy, Earth science and related topics.” []. Controlled via iPad, the software has many features that produce immersive hemispherical visual experiences: physically based rendering of planets, realistic atmospheres, a sky engine that can zoom in anywhere the see telescope imagery from the Digital Sky Survey, guided flights through the solar system and our Milky Way galaxy, shadow visualizations, an extensive visual media browser and more.


Interested in a Planetarium Show?

The DPAS Planetarium is often brought on the road for presentations for local schools, libraries, and other groups. If your organization is interested in setting up a planetarium show, please reach out!

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