I have been just dying to take my kids to a planetarium for years now. You should have seen my excitement when I found out that the Liberty Science Center opened up the largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere earlier this month.
The Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium opened on December 9th and you would have to go to Japan or Beijing to experience something as large! With 8k projection and a screen taller than four giraffes, it was absolutely breathtaking to be able to see space and all of it’s wonders in real time.
Visit the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium at the Liberty Science Center
First and foremost, when you enter the planetarium the sheer size will take your breath away. The dome is about 89 feet with 588 perforated panels that seamlessly joined together to form a domed screen. The 10-projector system features an 8k resolution with 88 million pixels!
During our show, which was fully narrated, we traveled along with the night sky from sunset to sunrise. We traveled to Saturn and Pluto and saw downloads of the latest animations and images from NASAto keep up with breaking science news.
The lighting system allows the planetarium dome to look like the blue Earth daytime sky, the red sky of Mars. We have been looking at the night sky since finding some of the constellations we learned about during our show.
One of my personal favorites was being able to visit the Orion Nebula. The Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium partnered with the Space Telescope Science Institute to premier a high-definition, 3D model of the Orion Nebula based on the Hubble Space Telescope’s findings. The Orion Nebula is such a vast world of gas and dust it takes light over 1,400 years to reach our eyes!
The Liberty Science Center is located at Liberty State Park – 222 Jersey City Boulevard Jersey City, NJ 07305.
How would you like to win 4 passes for your family to visit the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium? 1 winner will receive 4 Liberty Science Passes. Giveaway ends January 5, 2017 at 11:59p ET. Good luck!