Iziko Planetarium Launches with a Bang!
After nearly a year of renovation and upgrades, the new Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome opened its doors to the public on 27 May 2017. It replaces the old Iziko Planetarium, an analogue facility that had been in use since the mid-1980s has been revamped to create a state-of-the-art digital facility. Those who visited the analogue facility that had been in use since the mid-1980s won’t know what hit them!Boasting immersive, 3D visual capability and exciting new shows, visitors to this Cape Town icon are sure to be blown away!
Several preview events were hosted prior to the public launch. Media and academic previews were hosted on 23 May; a corporate and creative community influencer on the 24th; and the official launch, attended by the stakeholders and representatives from the Departments of Arts and Culture, and Science and Technology, was hosted on 26 May. Audiences who attended the previews attested to the fact that the Iziko Planetarium Digital Dome is a new and unique African Centre of Excellence. This cutting edge, digital, perspective 3D, fulldome, immersive theatre facility offers visitors a chance to explore the universe and beyond in a 360° cinema. Students and learners can now visually see and engage with their curriculum. It will act as a revolutionary tool for scientists, and position South Africa at the leading edge of research globally.
Iziko CEO, Rooksana Omar, thanked our funding partners: the Department of Arts and Culture, Department of Science and Technology, the National Research Foundation, and National Lotteries Commission, as well our academic partners, the University of the Western Cape, University of Cape Town, and Cape Peninsula University of Technology, for making this digital upgrade possible. Iziko’s Director Advancement, Susan Glanville-Zini, who played a pivotal role in securing this significant investment, extended her thanks to the Planetarium Manager, Theo Ferreira, and his team, and all the Iziko staff who worked tirelessly behind-the-scenes to assist to bring this project to life.
At present, visitors can look forward to three exciting shows, which will alternate on a regular basis. Tycho to the Moon is for our younger visitors, while To Space & Back and National Geographic’s Asteroid: Mission Extreme provide teens and more mature audiences insight into the universe, space travel and space technology. See the Iziko website for show times and entrance fees: http://www.iziko.org.za/museums/planetarium
Visit the UCT website to see what they have to say about this amazing facility: https://www.news.uct.ac.za/news/research-office/-article/2017-06-07-the-universe-as-never-seen-before