First planetarium in the UK to go 3D

Visitors will soon be able to enjoy the UK’s first digital 3D planetarium in Bristol after a major revamp.

The upgrade will include the installation of a 360 degrees digital 3D projection system. It will use dynamic 3D technology, with shows projected in ultra-high-definition (UHD) from two devices, and a 7.1 surround sound.

The aim is to create an immersive experience for those visiting the planetarium by featuring a range of presenter-led seasonal stargazing shows, as well as a Space Explorer (2D) offering for children. They will be able to ‘fly’ through the rings of Saturn and see the Solar System from their seats.

"By upgrading the Planetarium to create a state-of-the-art city data visualisation facility, we are developing something world leading and unique for Bristol citizens and businesses,” said Stephen Hilton, director of Bristol Futures at Bristol City Council.

“Data is increasingly an important city asset and being able to visualise it in new, highly dynamic and interactive ways will showcase the creative digital skills, which are one of the city's greatest strengths.”

The educational charity At-Bristol has received funding from the government and Bristol City Council. The planetarium will close on 16 February and will reopen to the public on 24 April.

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