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Planetarium getting technology upgrade

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THE Manitoba Museum's Planetarium is getting its biggest technology upgrade since it opened in 1968.

The planetarium is now closed to allow for the enhancements and will reopen to the public on Oct. 6.

It will be the first planetarium in the world to offer Digistar 5 All-Dome digital projection technology.

"This new $350,000 projection system will dramatically enhance the visitor experience, using two wide-angle video projectors to cover the entire dome with a single, seamless video image," the museum said in a news release.

A lineup of new space shows will be announced before the reopening.

"We've been watching this technology mature since 1994, and it's finally at the point where it works well and there is a lot of great content available for it," Scott Young, manager of science communications said.

The new system will allow viewers to experience flying through the cosmos, the museum said.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 7, 2012 D2

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