The Schaefer Planetarium at Bettendorf High School has been upgraded with a Spitz digital full-dome projection system and now has the ability to project immersive 360-degree images and video. Those watching the program get the feeling of being in the program whether it’s outer space, within the human body, or between the layers of the earth.
The public is invited to come experience a new Schaefer Planetarium program “What’s in the Universe” featuring a 3-D look at intergalactic space.
When: 7 p.m. Friday & Saturday, March 10 & 11
Where: Bettendorf High School’s Schaefer Planetarium 3333 18th St., Bettendorf
Reservations: Reservations are necessary because of limited seating. Call the high school activities office from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, (563) 332-4516. Reservations are honored until 6:55 p.m. nightly; after that, those with no reservations may be seated.
Cost: Free; children are welcome if accompanied by an adult.
The new system has the ability to project the night sky using two projectors especially designed for the planetarium dome. The projectors will also project motion videos, still photos and text anywhere on the dome. The new system will enable the planetarium to project a wider range of topics for classes and public shows. The 65 seat planetarium will also have the ability to show full-length, 360-degree movies, similar to an Omnimax theater.
The new digital system replaced a 42-year-old starball system, and more than 40 projectors. The directors are working on revamping some of the old shows and student work for the new system.