World’s most advanced planetarium system unveiled Peoria Riverfront Museum Dome Planetarium

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PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — The world’s most advanced planetarium system was unveiled Friday at Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Dome Planetarium.

Staff unveiled its new Evans & Sutherland 6.5K Digistar 7 system. This upgrade contains six new laser phosphor projectors and allows access to new real-time data for programs.

Private donors and funding from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources grant paid for the nearly $700,000 system.

Renae Kerrigan, the museum’s planetarium director and science curator, said they are already working on fresh programs for the new system.

“Our new system will let us fly through the universe, from galaxies thousands of light-years
Away to detailed explorations of the planets in our own solar system,” said Renae Kerrigan, the
museum’s planetarium director and science curator, “We can even explore the earth, from real-time earthquakes and weather, down to microscopic organisms and subatomic particles.”

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