The Hemisfèric shows off its new digital projection system for the first time with three new films

Nov 20, 2007

The Hemisfèric of the City of Arts and Sciences will, tomorrow, be employing its new digital projection system for the first time on its full dome. Its programme will, therefore, be enriched as it now has two different projection systems for its 900 square metre concave screen: cinema in Imax dome grand format and the new digital projections.  
The Hemisfèric shows off its new digital projection system for the first time with three new films So, from Wednesday 21st November, spectators can see the digital animated film “The Enchanted Reef: Kaluoka’hina” and the new digital planetarium projections “The Origins of Life”, and “The Search for Life…Are we Alone?”, which now join the large format films “The Alps”, “Secrets of the Titanic”, The Mystery of the Nile” and “Coral Reefs”.

“The Enchanted Reef: Kaluoka’hina” is an entertaining adventure for all the family about an amazing underwater world and is on every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m., and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. The film takes you to a unique tropical reef in the world, whose magic protects it from being discovered by humans.

As regards the digital planetary sessions, both can be seen on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11.30 a.m., and Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 6 p.m. The “Origins of Life” is a voyage through time, from the Big Bang, the formation of the stars and the solar systems, to the appearance of life on Earth and the search for life beyond our planet, whilst “The Search for Life… Are we Alone?” explores, through images of outstanding scientific research, the possibility of life in other parts of the Universe and how we can find it.

The new system that the Hemisfèric has incorporated and that has been installed by Carl Zeiss, one of the leading companies in the optics and electronic optics industry, provides images that cover the entire screen by employing a projection system consisting of 6 Barco Galaxy projectors of 12,000 ANSI lumens each, distributed around the perimeter of the screen; the Zeiss PowerDome graphic generator, which allows the digital content to be generated on a viewing platform; and the Uniview astronomy simulator that provides a representation of the entire universe through its extensive astronomic database in three dimensions, including NASA models and a wide catalogue of stars.