After an extensive renovation, the Hubble Planetarium housed at Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn is open, featuring a brand new projector, sound system, and LED lighting. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.
With Hubble Planetarium Director Marc Horowitz at the controls, expect to see planet earth and the other planets in the solar system. But that's only the beginning.
"We can leave the galaxy and out to the edge of the observable universe. What we can see at the edge of the universe," Horowitz said.
Wednesday's show was part of a celebration at the Hubble Planetarium at Edward R. Murrow High School in Midwood, which reopened after a three year and more than $600,000 renovation.
In addition to new seating and carpets, the star of the show is Uniview Software developed at the American Museum of Natural History by Dr. Carter Emmart, Director of Astrovisualization at the Museum's Hayden Planetarium.
"It really allows us now to move through three dimensional space as we now understand it, and as we map it, and as we apply physics to understand the behaviors of it," Emmart said.
The Planetarium at Murrow has been around since 1979 and used the technology of the day to create the night time sky and its stars and constellations. But the new system goes way beyond that.
"This technology really enables a more synergistic view of the entire totality of the universe in its various scales," Emmart said.
The kids at Edward R. Murrow aren't the only ones who get to enjoy the planetarium. In the past, students from all across the city visited it, and they hope to begin that again in the fall.
"Elementary, highs school, middle schools can come visit the planetarium and have the wonderful experience that our students get," said Edward R. Murrow High School Principal Allen Barge.
But the really lucky ones are the astronomy students at Murrow who get an interplanetary classroom experience.
"On the laptop I would just see a little pixelated screen and this is just amazing," said Kevyn Garcia, a Murrow student,
"This is definitely a lot better than just standard learning from a text book or even online. You get first-hand experience basically. It's almost as if you were in outer space," said Abdel Hamdan, another Murrow student.
For more information, visit ermurrowhs.org and click on planetarium.