In early 2017, the Iziko Planetarium will unveil the cutting-edge technology of its brand new digital full-dome immersive theatre.
Such infrastructure will allow researchers to delve into multi-dimensional, high-resolution visualisations ranging from the deepest trenches of the ocean to the farthest reaches of the galaxy, in the newest form of study known as eResearch. Its capacity for data visualisation is invaluable to researchers and students from a wide variety of fields such as astrophysics, biology, archaeology, engineering and design.
The observatory has provided visual insight into the night sky for almost two million visitors over the last 30 years, and the digital upgrade will undoubtedly elevate the learning experience to a whole new level, and transform the facility into “one of the African Continent’s foremost centres of excellence for heritage, biodiversity and science”, according to the CEO of Iziko, Ms Rooksana Omar.
The upgrade comes as a result of an intensive fundraising campaign started two years ago, during which time over R20 million rand has been raised with the help of investors. The national government is also investing over R200 million into the project to bolster research that will be partially available for public use.