Scitech’s flare for the dramatic

Horizon The Planetarium manager Jeff Harris with Floreat Park Primary School students Ryan MIlani and Sally Hicks. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d412557
Horizon The Planetarium manager Jeff Harris with Floreat Park Primary School students Ryan MIlani and Sally Hicks. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d412557

Mr Harris said that until now the planetarium’s technology had been able to show the sun only as a bright light, but thanks to its Lotterywest-funded $1.3 million upgrade, audiences will be able to see the star do more than just shine.

‘They can see sun spots and solar flares because of the image quality. Almost top of the range for what they can do,’ he said.

‘It’s been a long time in the planning. It’s great to have it all up and running and see how amazing the images are.’

During the three-month upgrade, Horizon was fitted with a new Sony T420 full-dome projector and bigger, more comfortable seats to suit its 177-person capacity.

Mr Harris said Horizon had the ability to spark the minds of everyone who visited because they were shown the universe in a completely new way.

‘You can show them the entire universe and if they want to see something, we can take them there,’ he said.

‘People are always surprised by how immersive it is and how realistic it looks. They didn’t expect to get so involved in the show.

‘We always get good feedback; even during the show, you can hear them say ‘wow’.’

Scitech currently shows Wildest Weather and Dream to Fly, which explores the history of aviation.