Coming Soon: The Koch Immersive Theater
When the new Koch Immersive Theater opens in early 2014, visitors might be looking for a star projector like the old theater had, but they won’t find one. The star projector, which has been the standard for most planetariums since they were invented, will be absent. The Theater will be able to take audiences to places they’ve never been before using a sophisticated computer graphics system to illuminate brilliant movies on a domed
projection screen. The Theater will still be able to show the sky as it appears from Earth, but it will also have programming beyond astronomy.
The digital dome technology is a breakthrough experience known in the planetarium industry as a “full-dome” or “immersive” experience. The Theater will utilize two marvelously-bright, digital video projectors, a huge 40- foot wide hemispherical projection screen, and seating will be stadium-style to allow for great views from any seat. All of this will be accompanied by a 10,000 watt sound system.
The Theater will offer seven new shows for children and adults during the first year, each spanning the spectrum of science and astronomy. The first two shows are Fragile Planet, narrated by Sigourney Weaver, a film about the importance of biodiversity and sustainability on Earth; and Forces of Nature, narrated by Kevin Bacon, an up close and personal look at nature’s most powerful and extreme volcanoes, earthquakes, and storms.
Saturday - Sunday at 1:00 P.M. & 3:00 P.M.
Tuesday - Friday at 1:00 P.M. during EVSC Summer Break
Admission to the Koch Planetarium is FREE to Museum Members with the presentation of a valid Membership card. Admission for Non-Members is $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for children ages 3-12. Be sure to allow sufficient time to purchase your ticket prior to show time, SORRY, NO LATE ADMISSION.
December 7 – December 29, 2013
The Sky Tonight
Saturday & Sunday at 3:00 P.M.
Presented in partnership with the JANE BROWNE PETERSEN FUND
What constellations are visible tonight? Where do I look to find the planets? Every weekend the Koch Planetarium offers a live planetarium presentation that details what is visible in the evening sky. From constellations to planets a member of the Science Staff will show you how you can find celestial objects from your very own backyard! THE SKY TONIGHT presentation details “what’s up” in Evansville skies. The live constellation show is presented each Saturday and Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.