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Two curved staircases and a glass
elevator lead to the upper level of the
foyer, the ceiling of which is decorated
with a nostalgic-looking painting from the
1930s that depicts stellar constellations.
The "SpaceLab", which features
interactive Ricoh learning tables and
large screens, is found on this level. The
learning tables have two different user
profiles: "Profile One" offers access to
NASA software that enables visitors to
take a look at the Earth and other planets.
Up-to-date data including things like
satellite orbits and weather phenomena
are shown on the display. The second
profile holds an infotainment feature with
information about the planetarium,
current exhibitions, and events.

The Star Theater
From the upper foyer one reaches the
"Star Theater" ­ a 253-person capacity
planetarium hall with an impressive
projection dome nearly 21 meters in
diameter. Red upholstered reclining
chairs invite guests to make themselves
comfortable during the presentation
of the show. The projection dome,
for which special metal plates were
mounted on a supporting frame, consists
of several perforated aluminum sheets
with perforations that are critical for the
acoustics and ventilation of the room.
Another eye-catcher in the Star Theater
is the "Sky Machine," which uses a
Zeiss planetarium projector to display
an opto-mechanical presentation of the
starry sky. 32 starfield projectors can
map the night sky in the dome from any
arbitrary earthly standpoint. Impressive
compilations of images are generated by
the Digistar 6 cosmos simulator made
by American computer manufacturer
Evans & Sutherland. A PC cluster
comprised of 20 graphic computers
calculates three-dimensional visual
worlds and presents either live or prerecorded video streams simultaneously
with real-time graphics. Five Christie
projectors generate an 8K all-around
picture in the dome which reaches
impressive levels of definition and
brightness using some 40 million pixels.
3D projections can be shown with up
to 60 frames per second, per eye. An
ultra-bright sparks® laser by the LOBO
company is employed to achieve the

color definition, which uses intelligent
color mixing to generate over 16 million
different color tones.
Alongside state-of-the-art image
technology, the Hamburg Planetarium
also has the current newest version
of the SpatialSound Wave technology
by Fraunhofer Institut für Digitale
Medientechnologie (IDMT) at its
disposal. This delivers 3D surround
sound from up to 32 audio sources
acoustically placing the visitor in the
center of what's happening with some
70 speakers all mounted around the
Star Theater.

Lichtmond ­ Days of Eternity

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The Hamburg Planetarium offers a
diverse program to visitors of all ages
in three thematic parts: "Our World",
"Our Cosmos", and "Our Stars". The
second production in the Lichtmond
series, entitled Lichtmond ­ Days of
Eternity, also celebrated its world
premiere at the Star Theater shortly after
the reopening and takes visitors along on
a journey to the planet Chronos.
Broaching the issue of abstract concepts
of time, imaginative images and
soundscapes merge into "audio-visual
poetry" in this 3D full dome production.
In a co-production with the Hamburg
Planetarium and director Thomas W.
Kraupe, the Lichtmond artists Giorgio
and Martin Koppehele have once again
teamed up with international guest
artists including the Corsican vocal
ensemble I Muvrini who bring their
atmospheric music to the production.
The visual arts team at Imago-D Studios,
based in the Spanish town of El Escorial,
is responsible for the visual landscapes.
The city of Hamburg financed the
extensive building works with funds
totaling around 7.4 million Euros.
Additionally, the modernization of the
equipment in the Star Theater was
supported with funds of approximately
2.5 million Euros. According to its own
statement, the Hamburg Planetarium
welcomed over 300,000 visitors
annually before the renovations. Now
thanks to the magnificent production
and the very latest technology, a
growing number of visitors can be
expected in the future as well.

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