Whether falling through a black hole, flying through Saturn’s rings or witnessing the beginnings of the universe, viewers at Windward Community College’s Hōkūlani Imaginarium are immersed in the adventure unfolding on screen.
Thanks to a recent software upgrade, the experience is now a seamless, 360-degree flight of scientific discovery.
The effect is created by two Definiti 4K projectors hidden behind the dome. Each covers half of the dome with video that is blended using DigitalSky software to create a single image.
Audiences will likely never know where the projectors are or that there are two of them. All they see is a giant dome screen filled with high-resolution imagery, eight times sharper than high-definition television.
Both the projectors and the software are by a company called Sky-Skan, which has enabled Hōkūlani Imaginarium to play a range of ultra high definition shows from producers around the world. The system can mix multimedia, for example, from its database of tens of thousands of astronomy images with recent telescopic imagery from nearby Mauna Kea.
There has never been an easier way to have an out-of-this-world experience. Visit the Hōkūlani Imaginarium website for information on coming shows.