The projector is the first completed project following the successful conclusion of the museum’s Vision for the Future campaign, said museum director of marketing Shelly Redd.
“It’s like watching in high 3D,” Redd said.
The new Media Globe III projector promises sharper, brighter and higher resolution images than the previous projector.
“The most fun feature of the new projector is that it has better meteors, fire balls, lightning storms, clouds, rain and aurora effects,” said Tellus astronomer David Dundee in a statement. “You will get a chance to see more detailed planetary surfaces, stars that appear more brilliant against a black sky and more vivid constellation outlines because the new projector is so much brighter and sharper than the old system.”
To celebrate the installation of the new projector, the museum was open from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 28 and the planetarium offered premiere presentations of “We Are Aliens,” a new planetarium show.
In addition, the evening featured one of the museum’s regularly-scheduled lectures with geologist and miner Stan Bearden discussing mining in Bartow County.
Admission to the planetarium is $3.50 with the cost of museum general admission. A second planetarium show for an individual during one visit is $2.
General admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and up, $10 for children ages 3 to 17 and students with ID. Admission is free for museum members and active military with ID.
With the launch of the new projector complete, the museum will now begin implementation of other projects from the campaign, including the construction of new galleries for traveling exhibits, fabrication of new casework and installation of more interactives throughout the museum, a news release stated.
The first of the traveling exhibits is scheduled for September.
“I want to thank our donors and members for their support; we could not have done this without them,” said Tellus Director Jose Santamaria. “We have many exciting things coming – exhibits from the Smithsonian and other great museums, more hands-on displays and fantastic digital planetarium shows.”