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Athens planetarium gets new state-of-the-art projection system

The installation of new projectors utilises the latest technological advancements in the field

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The dome of the Eugenides Foundation Planetarium. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

13 November 2017

For decades, the Eugenides Foundation Planetarium has been quietly building a reputation, gaining the status of one of the leading educational organisations in Athens, offering children and adults the opportunity to connect to the universe in an engaging and entertaining way.

Now its director, Dr Manos Kitsonas has announced the installation of new projectors that utilise the latest technological advancements in the field. The new system comprises six Barco F90-W13 projectors, which use a laser-phosphor light source.

"The result is really impressive," Dr Kitsonas told Kathimerini.

"We are able to achieve greater levels of brightness (reaching 13,000 lumens) and amazing colour quality, while maintaining excellent image contrast."

The new digital planetarium was inaugurated in 2003 and it is considered to be the best-equipped of its kind in Europe. Popular with kids and adults alike, it welcomed 250,000 visitors of all ages in 2016.

This year it has already presented 11 different shows combining education with entertainment, sharing the latest discoveries and developments in the fields of astronomy, astrophysics and space science through engaging shows, while also raising awareness on a number of environmental issues.

Eugenides Planetarium is located at 387 Syngrou, Palaio Faliro, Greece. For more, visit eugenfound.edu.gr

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