Video Showcases New Planetarium Capabilities

Published on February 11, 2015 by Sean Flynt  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTq76MZ3V-U 

Samford University’s Christenberry Planetarium has released a video trailer that showcases the facility’s upgraded capabilities.

Planetarium director David Weigel produced the mini-show, which zooms into the observable universe, through our galaxy and solar system to show the Sun, the Earth, the moon, Jupiter and Saturn. Weigel also shows a lunar eclipse from the moon's perspective as well as a lunar eclipse shadow on the Earth as it will be visible in the U.S. in the fall of 2017.

“We are coming up with new and exciting shows about space that further test the boundaries of the software,” Weigel said. Weigel recently completed showings of an interactive original program on the Rosetta comet exploration mission. He is looking ahead to NASA’s March mission to orbit Ceres, a massive asteroid or dwarf planet. Weigel hopes to complete a Ceres show based on the NASA data soon after the Dawn spacecraft reaches its target.

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