|ZEISS Planetarium in Japan|
|New Science Center in Japan with ZEISS Planetarium Opens Its Doors||Downloads and Links|
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|ASAHIKAWA/Japan, JENA/Germany, 18.08.2005. |
Located in Asahikawa on the island of Hokkaido, Japan’s second largest science center opened its doors at the end of July following several years of construction. The planetarium from Carl Zeiss Jena is the main attraction of this new institution.
The installation was inaugurated by the planetarium director in the presence of the Mayor of the city and the Director General of the Japanese Astronomical Association. Wilfried Lang, manager of the Planetariums Business Unit at Carl Zeiss, was among the guests of honor.
With a population of 360,000, Asahikawa is the second largest city on Hokkaido. Its geographical location makes it a popular winter sports resort. The outstanding science center with the ZEISS planetarium will add to the tourist attractions in the region by providing a wide range of possibilities for active knowledge communication. An audience of approx. 500,000 is expected per year. Even on the opening day, a long line of interested visitors formed outside the planetarium.
The STARMASTER planetarium projector permits the starlit sky and astronomical phenomena to be presented with unprecedented quality. The dome with a diameter of 18 m seats an audience of 170 and is equipped with state-of-the-art technology. This includes not only the STARMASTER as the principal projector, but also projection technology from US-based company Sky-Skan Inc.
The planetarium is the first in 40 years to be supplied to Japan by Carl Zeiss. “Considering that the local market is largely dominated by Japanese manufacturers, it is all the more gratifying for us that the city of Asahikawa selected Carl Zeiss for this project,” said Willi Lange. Carl Zeiss won the contract for the planetarium against two Japanese bidders due to the outstanding functionality and operating capabilities of the projector. “The equipment offered by Carl Zeiss is simply the best,” was the reason given by the customer. Further arguments in favor of Carl Zeiss were the positive experiences the city enjoyed with the ZKP1 projector for over forty years. Back in 1963, the city opted for a Carl Zeiss product, following the example of Osaka where a Carl Zeiss planetarium had been installed in 1937.
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STARMASTER planetarium projector from Carl Zeiss in the new science center opened in July in Asahikawa on Hokkaido. [Photo: Ralf Hasse]
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The new science center in Asahikawa on Hokkaido that opened its doors in July with a planetarium from Carl Zeiss. [Photo: Ralf Hasse]
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