On the fiftieth anniversary of its creation and after a deep technological renovation in the interior of the dome, the Planetarium of Argentina has returned to open its doors in Buenos Aires with a unique proposition in advanced systems of projection, interactive experiences, robots and new areas of applied knowledge of astronomy.

Argentina Planetarium Galileo Galilei

Icon of the city of Buenos Aires and declared as a historical heritage of the same, the Planetary Galileo Galilei in Argentina it opened for the first time on June 13, 1967. Fifty years later, this astronomical digulgacion that more than 450,000 people visit a year is again reference both in this country and in Latin America, after renewing the dome imaging systems, which have quadrupled the quality of resolution of the previous ones.

In particular, six new projectors have been installed Sky-Skancompatible with 8K transmission and allow joint project an image at this resolution, with a total of 38 million pixels and a power of 126,000 lumens, to offer a high quality of contrast and brightness in passes, twenty minutes of duration, that there are projected.

Argentina Planetarium Galileo Galilei

In addition, the dome, a dome with a diameter of 20 meters, also has been improved in comfort and design for visitors who occupy the 240 seats of this space.

Galileo Galilei Planetarium in Buenos Aires used in its infancy Zeiss optical projector IV of the German specialist Carl Zeissthat was replaced in 2011 by a team Megastar (II) of the Japanese firm of the same name, which is currently used after the nine months of reform of this installation.

Argentina Planetarium Galileo Galilei

The solar system through a robot

One of the new attractions of the Planetarium is Galibot, a robot Android and expert in the universe that interacts with visitors and explain the evolution of the solar system and that, between group and group or if there is movement in the room captures the attention of attendees already let c by lifting until someone is for, sighing a strong "I am bored" or answering questions about astronomy

Galibot is responsible for receiving visitors to the Planetarium, which, from that moment, know that something has changed in this space after its renewal and that new astronomy and science experiences await, such as interactive whiteboards, simulators astronomical, devices of augmented reality or a game - called Dimension Cosmos - integrating technology Kinect so that visitors can play through their movements with the planets of the solar system and see them reflected in a screen.

Argentina Planetarium Galileo Galilei

For example, two cabins have been installed to virtually recreate the evolution of the universe from the Big Bang until now, offering during their four minutes and with the help of simulators 4 d, a dizzying journey in space and time with images in high definition, surround sound, movement and injection of air into the passenger compartment.

Another area is the so-called scientific library, which boasts twelve touch screens that visitors can consult information on astronomical topics, which has been structured into three groups (also in braille mode): solar system, milky and nearby galaxies. Added to this are areas 360º Space Odyssey, offering an experience of panoramic virtual reality with a mission to Mars, and the so-called universe challenge, a game about astronomy with augmented reality technology.

Argentina Planetarium Galileo Galilei

External projection 360 Led

Outside of the Planetarium in Buenos Aires has also been improved following the process of inner renewal, with the installation of four towers cross surrounding the Planetarium and allow project in its dome and 360 ° content on astronomy and related to science.

This outside projection is performed when falls the daylight thanks to the 50 meters of Led panels translucent that have been installed in the first floor of the Planetarium ring and that work that is carried out a mapping projected onto the dome of the building. In addition 350 Led lights and a remote management system have been installed so the Galileo Galilei Planetarium glows in coordination with other icons of Buenos Aires, as the obelisk, the monument of the Spaniards, the pyramid of may or the Monumental Tower, between others.

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By • 7 Dec, 2017
• Section: Study cases, OUTSTANDING, Training, Projection, Augmented reality, Simulation