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Turning the Hayden Planetarium Into a Giant Videogame 80

Posted by samzenpus
from the biggest-screen dept.
pigrabbitbear writes "Remember your first visit to the planetarium? Neil DeGrasse Tyson does — it was what inspired him to become an astrophysicist in the first place. That same planetarium, now under Tyson's direction, is currently undergoing a transformation the likes of which Neil's young self couldn't have possibly imagined: It's becoming a giant videogame."
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Turning the Hayden Planetarium Into a Giant Videogame

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  • You too can do this (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 25, 2012 @04:45PM (#38822095)

    Depending on your local planetarium, most rent out for $500 a night. You'd have to fiddle with the digital projector, and because most games aren't programmed assuming they'll be projected out onto a dome you'll have to deal with massive visual distortion, but you can pull this off too. For those of you that want to play at home, a digital projector and a 5-meter dome will run you about $25k.

  • I like the old ones (Score:4, Interesting)

    by MichaelSmith (789609) on Wednesday January 25, 2012 @04:56PM (#38822225) Homepage Journal

    The planetarium in Melbourne used to have a mechanical projector which rotated in the middle of the room to move the image across the ceiling. It was fantastic to watch and I used to drop in there just to watch the machinery. The new planetarium is just a big electronic projector and the stars aren't pinpoints anymore. They are out of focus spots. And now there is all sorts of stuff projected on to the ceiling, when what you are supposed to be looking at is the sky. They should just give up and build a normal cinema. Its not a planetarium any more.

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