UT’s Ritter Planetarium reopens
The University of Toledo’s Ritter Planetarium prepares for its public grand reopening Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 offering new 3-D, 6.5 million pixel immersive experiences. Ritter Planetarium is located just east of University Hall on UT’s Main Campus.
UT will screen “Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity,” narrated by Liam Neeson, across Ritter Planetarium’s 40-foot dome. UT is the only facility in the country to have installed the new Spitz SciDome XD, a digital projector with more than twice the resolution of the best HD television screens.
“Viewers are going to be absolutely blown away by the visual effects we’re now able to project,” said Dr. Michael Cushing, UT assistant professor of astronomy and director of Ritter Planetarium. “Everyone from the person who can name every constellation in the sky to those unfamiliar with astronomy will walk away with a better understanding of science and with a really exciting experience.”
In addition to the projector, the planetarium’s exterior was refurbished, and the carpet and seats were replaced.
The Ritter Planetarium will offer four free screenings at its public grand reopening Oct. 29 at 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. General admission for future shows will be $6 for adults and $5 for children.