News Bytes

John C. Wells Planetarium Starry Nights

3/25/2015 8:07:04 PM UTC - John C. Wells Planetarium at JMU is having their second annual Starry Nights series of events this week. The program was created "to raise awareness about light pollution and the steps we can take to remedy it in on our campus and within our community here in Harrisonburg, VA."
Check out their 10-minute fulldome video produced by a JMU undergraduate using time-lapse photography: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZM3-X2DV9bo

3D Planetarium to Connect to Supercomputer

3/25/2015 5:26:33 PM UTC - Here is a great article about our new Digistar 5 3D system in At-Bristol. This will be the first 3D planetarium in the UK.
Read more at The Register here.

8K Digistar 5 System in National Museum of Natural Science

3/18/2015 8:18:48 PM UTC - We have some new 8K Digistar 5 systems shipping this year to theaters in Asia. The first is a system with Sony projectors for the National Museum of Natural Science in Taiwan. We staged this last week here in our own dome and it looked marvelous! We are excited to see this in action again in Taiwan.

Pi Day Demos

3/11/2015 5:55:43 PM UTC - An epic Pi Day is coming up this weekend! This Saturday is 3.14.15 and we assume everyone will be celebrating at 9:26:53! There are three new Pi Day demos in the Digistar Cloud for Digistar 5 users, including a real-time demonstration that will show up to a million digits of pi...if you have the time. D4 users can look on the DUG library for demos and we also have captured videos for D3 users.

2015 Digistar Users Group Conference

3/4/2015 5:17:12 PM UTC - Mark you calendars for the 2015 Digistar Users Group conference in Salt Lake City on August 12-14. We are also planning training sessions before and after the conference for those that are interested. As always, there will be outings to local recreational areas. More details to come soon!

IMERSA Summit Wrap-up

3/4/2015 5:16:56 PM UTC - Thanks to the folks at IMERSA for inviting us to participate in another great summit. It was great to see all the exciting activity in the community. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

2015 IMERSA Summit

2/25/2015 5:10:43 PM UTC - The 2015 IMERSA Summit starts today at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. We are Summit sponsors this year and have set up a Digistar 5 system with two 4K Christie projectors in their planetarium. We will be showing fulldome content on this system throughout the Summit. Hope to see you there!

Christie 4K Digital Projectors Reach for the Sky at Planetarium

2/19/2015 2:46:43 PM UTC - Christie Digital released a story about our "8K" Digistar 5 installation at the Science Museum of Virginia in the following publications:
Live Design - Christie 4K Digital Projectors Send Science Museum of Virginia’s Planetarium Audiences Across the Planet and Universe
Projector Point - Christie technology creates state-of-the-art planetarium
Computer Graphics World - Christie 4K Digital Projectors Reach for the Sky at Planetarium
Thanks to Christie for being a great partner on this, and many other installations.

Chinese New Year

2/18/2015 5:29:30 PM UTC - Wishing a successful and prosperous new year to our Digistar family in China.

Otago Museum to Open Planetarium with Digistar 5

2/16/2015 3:33:35 PM UTC - The Otago Museum opens their new planetarium with a Digistar 5 system later this year. Welcome to the Digistar family!
http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/332951/state-art-planetarium-part-museums-325m-science-centre-plan

Sony 4K Projection Demo at University of Utah

2/13/2015 3:42:42 PM UTC - We provided a Digistar 5 system to support a Sony 4K projection demo today in the "Evans Meeting Room" in the "John and Marva Warnock Engineering Building" at the University of Utah (all important names from E&S' history). We connected D5 to a Sony T615 projector which we will be using for an "8K" installation in Taiwan later this year. Thanks to Sony for inviting us to participate in the demo.

Radford University's New Planetarium Installing Digistar 5

2/11/2015 7:41:33 PM UTC - We are happy to announce that Radford University selected a Digistar 5 system for their new digital planetarium! Take a look at their new building under construction. Welcome to the Digistar family!

22 Systems in 45 Days

2/11/2015 7:04:00 PM UTC - We had a fantastic 6 weeks to close out 2014. In 45 days we were awarded 22 Digistar 5 systems, including five "8K" systems. We are humbled by this incredible response to Digistar 5 and are working hard to continue to make it the best digital planetarium system on the planet.

UK’s First Digital 3D Planetarium

2/5/2015 7:10:39 PM UTC - Congratulations to At-Bristol, one of our newest Digistar 5 theaters! Wishing you a warm welcome into the Digistar family!
http://www.at-bristol.org.uk/2563.html

Upcoming Digistar Systems

2/4/2015 7:38:28 PM UTC - We are starting the year off with a bang! Here is a look at all the hardware currently being assembled into Digistar systems that will ship throughout the world this Spring.

EC1 Press Conference in Lodz, Poland

1/30/2015 9:22:57 PM UTC - One of our newest Digistar 5 customers in Lodz, Poland held a press conference today at their facility named EC1, where they announced their new D5 planetariums opening this year.
http://tvtoya.pl/news/show/9358

Digistar in Global Game Jam 2015

1/28/2015 7:12:59 PM UTC - This past weekend the Särkänniemi Planetarium, one of our Digistar 5 sites, was a host of the Finnish Game Jam 2015. Their goal was to create a game within 48 hours with an additional challenge to create a game on a dome. One team was able to program a game using Digistar 5's JavaScript engine, which you can read about here.

We want to extend our thanks to everyone involved with Finnish Game Jam at Särkänniemi. Follow the links below to see more fulldome games that were created at the event.
http://globalgamejam.org/2015/games/we-were-here
We Were Here Video
http://globalgamejam.org/2015/games/tentaquarium
Tentaquarium Video

Dooley Planetarium Receives Digistar 5 Upgrade

1/14/2015 5:44:43 PM UTC - Last month we installed a new Digistar 5 system in the Dooley Planetarium at Francis Marion University. There is a great write up about the upgrade in their student newspaper. Welcome to the Digistar family!
http://patriotnewsonline.com/news/2015/01/12/dooley-planetarium-gets-nasa-upgrade/

"8K" Digistar 5 Goes Head-to-Head with 15/70 Giant Screen Film

1/12/2015 6:57:19 PM UTC - Joe Kleiman from InPark Magazine wrote an excellent article about the GSCA Digital Dome Day where we put an "8K" Digistar 5 head-to-head with 15/70 giant screen film on the 23 meter dome at the Science Museum of Virginia. Check it out!
http://imersa.org/item/cinema-shootout-in-virginia-8k-fulldome-takes-on-1570-film

Centre for Life Digistar 5 Upgrade

1/12/2015 6:55:56 PM UTC - Congratulations to Centre for Life for their digital planetarium upgrade that will make them the first Digistar 5 theater in the United Kingdom! Congrats also to our friends at Skypoint Planetariums!