Monday February 15th, 2016
Installation of New Projection System Slated for Mid-May
(Alamogordo, New Mexico, February 15, 2016) - The Tombaugh Theater at the New Mexico Museum of Space History is set to be the first theater in the world to install the Spitz SciDome 4k Laser fulldome planetarium system, replacing two antiquated analog-era projectors in the theater.
“In 1983, the Tombaugh Theater was top of the line and amazed our visitors. Today, it’s very exciting to say that we are bringing our guests a projection system that is literally out of this world. Our theater is the very first to order a laser-illuminated 4K fulldome planetarium and theater projection system from our partners at Spitz and it will provide our audiences with the highest quality planetarium shows and large format films available anywhere in the country,” said Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll.
The original projection system that was installed over 30 years ago, along with the existing “star ball” projector which has been non-functional for several years, are slated to be removed and replaced beginning in mid-May. During the installation process, the theater is anticipated to be closed for as long as a month. Patrons are encouraged to visit the museum’s website or call to confirm availability of planetarium shows and large format films during May and June.
“On behalf of the New Mexico Museum of Space History, I would like to thank the City of Alamogordo, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and our local legislators for their support in helping us bring this amazing system to our theater,” said Orwoll. “This incredibly versatile system will allow us to accomplish top quality projection of both large format films and planetarium features with a single system. In addition, it has the ability for our educators to interact with the planetarium programs using live teaching and a myriad of astronomy and earth science programs that will revolutionize the way that we connect with our audiences.”
"Spitz is thrilled that the New Mexico Museum of Space History chose the SciDome 4K Laser system for their theater," said Jon Shaw, President and CEO of Spitz, in a recent press release. "Their educational mission and requirement of a high performing projection system will be well served with this selection. Audiences will love the experience, and we're glad to continue our long partnership with the Museum."
According to the Spitz press release, SciDome planetariums, designed specifically for educators, include robust realtime simulation in multiple disciplines. In addition to the comprehensive astronomy content provided by Starry Night, SciDome covers geology, geography, and meteorology with The Layered Earth, and (coming in 2016) human anatomy with Zygote Body. SciDome educators can also extend the learning experience beyond the dome with integrated, standards-based classroom curriculum.
"The brightness and resolution of laser 4K are just part of the story," said Scott Huggins, Director of Marketing and Product Development for Spitz, in the release. "Like all Spitz SciDome systems, the educational features are really the star of this new technology. We're excited to offer the first 4K fulldome planetarium that's truly designed with teaching in mind."
The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589 or visit the website at www.nmspacemuseum.org. Like us at: www.facebook.com/NMSpaceMuseum.