Noshiro City Children’s Museum, in Akita prefecture replaced their older opto-mechanical planetarium projector used for 30 years with a new GOTO VIRTUARIUM X Solo system.
Noshiro City Children’s Museum was looking for the best system suitable for performing various astronomical simulations for school education.
The VIRTUARIUM X Solo system consists of a BARCO WQXGA laser projector fitted with a GOTO INC single fisheye lens and astronomical software which includes the Hipparcos 120,000 star database and the following features:
- Unique stellar motion shown over +/- 1,000,000 years time
- Variable strength scintillation or twinkling
- Representation of Mira type and Algol type variable stars
- Prominent meteor showers
- Milky Way as observed from earth in wavelengths invisible to the naked eye
- Well-known nebulae and star clusters – all Messier objects
- Display of constellation pictures, boundaries, lines, and labels for 88 constellations
- Coordinate lines such as Equator, Ecliptic, Azimuth, Meridian, Equatorial Grid …
- Analog and digital date and time displays
- Reproduction of atmospheric conditions such as twilight, appearance of the blue sky
- 3D model display of the main objects of our solar system
- Major satellites of each planet
- Approximately 600,000 objects asteroid database
- Orbital data of spacecraft such as ISS, Voyager, Pioneer, Hayabusa, etc.
- 3D model display when approaching fixed stars with exoplanets
- Various data of distant galaxies using different catalogs
- Various displays of Earth conditions (Science on a Sphere)
Noshiro City Children’s Museum was opened with an opto-mechanical planetarium projector in a 10m flat dome in 1987 and has long contributed to children’s learning and education. They will continue to develop further with the VIRTUARIUM X Solo system.
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