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Barco & RSA Cosmos bring immersive experience to Belgian planetarium

Visitors to Brussels Planetarium will be able to enjoy a 360-degree journey through the universe

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Barco, the technology company focusing on innovative visualization solutions, has provided eight cutting-edge projectors for the newly renovated dome at the Planetarium of Brussels. These were installed by RSA Cosmos, alongside the latest version of its SkyExplorer 2021 astronomical software.

Now visitors to the popular Belgian attraction will be able to enjoy a 360-degree journey through the universe, made possible by the long-standing collaboration between the Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium, Barco and RSA Cosmos.

An immersive experience

As well as being a successful visitor attraction, the Brussels Planetarium is part of the Royal Observatory of Belgium and has an international reputation, thanks to its quality research on the sciences of the Earth and the Universe. It is home to one of the largest domes in Europe, measuring 23 metres in diameter.

To upgrade the immersive experience provided by this dome, the planetarium added eight of Barco’s F70-4K8 projectors, which can deliver a brightness level of 7,500 lumens and 3840 x 2400 (4K UHD) resolution. Furthermore, the black level quality and contrast allow it to show bright stars on a deep black sky.

In addition to this, RSA Cosmos installed SkyExplorer 2021, the latest version of its state-of-the-art astronomical software. These technologies combine to take visitors on a virtual journey through the solar system and to faraway galaxies, immersing them in colour-rich images on an 840-square-metre surface.

Barco’s projection solutions are also durable and sustainable, as the F70 projectors have a light source lifetime of 60,000 hours. The company will provide support and preventative maintenance for 10 years under its EssentialCare service program.

Last month, Barco announced that it is continuing its partnership with Culturespaces Digital by providing projection technology to Infinity des Lumières in The Dubai Mall. This new digital art centre will bring a unique experience to visitors and residents of the UAE.

Image courtesy of the Planetarium of Brussels.

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