European Southern Observatory Chooses Digistar Platform for Data2Dome Initiative

June 16, 2016 -- Evans & Sutherland (E&S) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO) are pleased to announce that ESO has selected the E&S Digistar system for their ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre scheduled for opening in November 2017. ESO has selected Digistar as the development and distribution platform for the Data2Dome initiative which ESO is spearheading, and is supported by IPS's Data and Visualization task force. This close collaboration with ESO will allow E&S to be the first to deliver news and data to Digistar planetariums world-wide on a daily basis. ESO will actively take part in the Digistar Cloud Library by sharing fulldome movies and other planetarium content on a continuous basis. ESO will also provide quarterly Domecasting events to Digistar customers worldwide.

Lars Lindberg Christensen, Head of ESO's Education & Public Outreach Department, said, "We are thrilled to have Digistar in our facility at ESO. Digistar was selected for our planetarium theater as the development platform for our Data2Dome initiative because of its superior ease of use and ability to get imagery on the dome quickly and easily. The Digistar Cloud will enable us to distribute data to the largest customer base in the industry in a convenient, efficient manner."

Kirk Johnson, E&S Vice President & General Manager, said, "We are honored to be selected by ESO for this exciting project. E&S understands the importance of getting the latest imagery and astronomical data to our customers so they can share it with their audiences. The Data2Dome initiative accomplishes this in an unprecedented manner. Our partnership with ESO enables our customers to share in their groundbreaking research."

While the ESO Supernova Planetarium is not set to open until late in 2017, work with Digistar on the Data2Dome initiative and upload of data to the Digistar Cloud Library has already begun.

About the European Southern Observatory

ESO is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organization in Europe and the world's most productive ground-based astronomical observatory by far. It is supported by 16 countries: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, along with the host state of Chile. ESO carries out an ambitious program focused on the design, construction and operation of powerful ground-based observing facilities enabling astronomers to make important scientific discoveries. ESO also plays a leading role in promoting and organizing cooperation in astronomical research. ESO operates three unique world-class observing sites in Chile: La Silla, Paranal and Chajnantor. At Paranal, ESO operates the Very Large Telescope, the world's most advanced visible-light astronomical observatory and two survey telescopes. VISTA works in the infrared and is the world's largest survey telescope and the VLT Survey Telescope is the largest telescope designed to exclusively survey the skies in visible light. ESO is a major partner in ALMA, the largest astronomical project in existence. And on Cerro Armazones, close to Paranal, ESO is building the 39-meter European Extremely Large Telescope, the E-ELT, which will become "the world's biggest eye on the sky."

About Evans & Sutherland

Evans & Sutherland in conjunction with its wholly owned subsidiary, Spitz Inc., creates innovative digital planetarium systems and cutting-edge, fulldome show content. E&S has developed Digistar 6 the world's leading digital planetarium with fulldome video playback, real-time computer graphics, and a complete 3D digital astronomy package fully integrated into a single theater system. This technology allows audiences to be immersed in full-color, 3D computer-generated interactive worlds. As a full-service system provider, E&S also offers Spitz domes, SciDome, hybrid planetarium systems including Goto optical mechanical projectors integrated with Digistar 6 and a full range of theater systems from audio and lighting to theater automation. E&S markets include planetariums, science centers, themed attraction venues, and premium large-format theaters. E&S products have been installed in over 1,300 theaters worldwide.

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