Sean Workman at the controls of the new Digistar (Hans Thater)
It revolutionizes the way we teach astronomy and the way we can cover other subjects -- we can go under the water, we can go inside the human body, we can do all sorts of things with this new system that we could never do before.
—Scott Young, Manager of Science Communications
Some fancy new technology means the planetarium at the Manitoba Museum can now transport you to places you've never been before -- in 3-D. It's a new digital projector called Digistar 5.
This cutting-edge projection system, which cost $381,700, will use two wide-angle video projectors to cover the entire dome with a single seamless video image.
"Instead of just a picture of the sky, we have the real universe that we can fly around in and see anything we want up close," explains Scott Young, Manager of Science Communications and Visitor Experiences.
"This is the most powerful planetarium system in the world right now. It's amazing that Winnipeg is one of the first to install this system, making the planetarium in Winnipeg one of the most advanced in the world," he says.
The new projector replaces the original, nicknamed Marvin, which was installed 44 years ago when the planetarium opened. "It's older than I am," admits Young.