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The largest planetarium in America is almost twice as long as a bowling alley lane. Its screen is taller than four giraffes. It offers a true 8K projection. Its lights produce trillions of colors. And it will provide breaking space and astronomy news and discoveries in real time. And it’s location… New York? Chicago? Los Angeles? Nope – the largest planetarium in America is in New Jersey and it opens this weekend at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. In fact, the new planetarium at Liberty Science Center is actually the largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere!
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The Jennifer Chaltsty Planetarium (named for a former high school teacher turned philanthropist) is not only the largest planetarium, it’s also the most technologically advanced. With a screen comprised of 588 perforated aluminum panels that are seamlessly joined together to form a 12,345 square foot domed screen, a 10-projector system featuring 8K resolution with 88 million pixels, a lighting system can produce over 281 trillion individual colors, and sophisticated software that allows for real-time updates from NASA to keep up with breaking science news, this exciting new attraction will provide an unsurpassed educational entertainment experience for visitors of all ages.
“You can fit any other planetarium in the Western Hemisphere inside the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium,” said Paul Hoffman, LSC’s President and CEO. “Add in the state-of-the-art technology and you have a spectacular unique theater like none other in the world. Visitors will be able to fly through the universe, experience the grandness and vastness of space, roam planetary surfaces, navigate asteroid fields, and watch the latest full-dome movies.”
To welcome its new planetarium, Liberty Science Center has partnered with the Space Telescope Science Institute to premier Wonders Of The Universe – a beautiful, high-definition visualization of the Orion Nebula prior to its official release at the American Astronomical Society in Washington DC in January 2018.
“The Orion Nebula is one of the crown jewels of the night sky,” Hoffman explained. “Inside this vast world of gas and dust, so distant that even its light takes 1,400 years to reach our eyes, we see star and planet formation in more beauty and detail than in any other place in the cosmos. Our full-dome, immersive recreation of the Orion Nebula will allow our planetarium visitors to experience what it’s like to travel into the heart of this nebula in a level of detail never before seen.”
In addition to Wonders Of The Universe, the planetarium will also feature the 30-minute To Worlds Beyond show – a stunning full-dome movie that allows visitors to tour the planets of our solar system from the hellacious surface of Venus, to the vast mountains and canyons of Mars, to the spewing methane geysers of Neptune’s giant moon Triton and beyond.
The new planetarium at Liberty Science Center will also screen full dome movies and laser shows. Current shows include Aircraft Carrier: Guardian of the Seas, Mysteries of China, and – just in time for the holidays – Laser Wonderland.
Liberty Science Center is located within Liberty State Park at 222 Jersey City Boulevard (GPS address: 251 Phillip Street) in Jersey City NJ. Learn more about the center HERE.
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