The Planetarium Hamburg reopened Tuesday (February 14) following extensive renovations lasting one and a half years. A new 1,200 lower level has been excavated in the plinth area. A new café, exhibits, new offices as well as a shop and a freely accessible viewing platform at a height of 45 metres make a visit even more enjoyable. The city of Hamburg has put around EUR 7.4 million towards the renovations and some EUR 2.5 million towards bringing the technology up to date.
Latest space mission
Speaking during the reopening, Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg said: “We in Hamburg do not like making a fuss, but we do like theatre. This lovely, old water tower is our great big celestial opera. The Planetarium wants to be a meeting point for the people of Hamburg.” Visitors enter through two new main entrances in Hamburg’s Stadtpark, created by the new base where the cashier’s desk is also located. Guests can take a glass escalator or the stairs to reach the upper foyer with interactive RICOH desks and the SpaceLab’s huge screens. The latest space mission can be followed there as well as the history of the Planetarium and the Stadtpark.
Over 16 million colour shades
The 21-meter planetarium now has an 8K resolution Digistar 6 system with 3D stereo by the U.S. company Evans & Sutherland. This beautifully bright, ultra-high resolution system extends the scope of the creative and scientific programming. Now audiences have the first, 3D full dome experience in Germany. The system uses active 3D stereo glasses for exceptional three-dimensional images that leap off the screen and are enhanced by the 3D Spatial Soundwave System as well as the theatre’s immersive laser system. Around 70 loudspeakers plunge the visitor into the centre of the action. The magical laser lights can create over 16 million colour shades. The Planetarium Hamburg is now the first planetarium worldwide, which combines 3D Sound with 3D Vision.