Dr Manos Kitsonas, director at the Eugenides Foundation’s new digital planetarium, recently announced the installation of new projectors that utilize the latest technological advancements in the field.
The new system comprises six Barco F90-W13 projectors, which use a laser-phosphor light source. “The result is really impressive,” said Kitsonas, “we are able to achieve greater levels of brightness (reaching 13,000 lumens) and amazing color quality, while maintaining excellent image contrast.”
The Eugenides Foundation planetarium is one of the first in the world to install this projection system, particularly for the level of brightness the facility uses. The installation was carried out by Sky-Skan Inc, one of the biggest companies in the world specializing in planetariums and the sole provider of technology for the new digital planetarium. This is the third generation of projection technology that has been installed at the Athens facility since it opened its doors to the public in 2003.
Popular with kids and adults alike, with families and students, the Eugenides Planetarium welcomed 250,000 visitors of all ages in 2016. This year it has already presented 11 different shows combining education with entertainment, sharing the latest discoveries and developments in the fields of astronomy, astrophysics and space science through engaging shows, while also raising awareness on a number of environmental issues.
Some of the screenings are in their original English, though most are dubbed into Greek so call in advance to find out.
Eugenides Planetarium, 387 Syngrou, Palaio Faliro, tel 210.946.9600, http://www.eugenfound.edu.gr