Friday, May 28, 2010

Kuwait National Planetarium

The Kuwait National Planetarium is a part of Kuwait National Museum. The planetarium building resembles a big oil container. It is a venue with a 15 meter wide horizontal dome. Inaugurated in 1986, the planetarium was one of the first in the Gulf region. Carl Zeiss equipped the dome with all technical facilities. The end came after only four years of its operation. In 1990, during the Gulf War, the Kuwait National Planetarium building was sabotaged and the planetarium burnt. The initial plan was to keep the destroyed building as witness to the invasion. It was then reconstructed beginning in 2000.

In 2001, more than ten years after the war damages, the rebuilt planetarium was opened to the public and in 2007 Carl Zeiss received the order for a major upgrade with fulldome capabilities along with Uniview to enable state of the art interactivestorytelling in a 3D environment.

The planetarium is now entertaining and educating the public of all ages and range from kindergarten to university professors.

We enjoyed the show and got to increase our knowledge about the universe.

About Uniview : Uniview is a visualization and simulation software application aimed at presenting and teaching astronomy, astrophysics and Earthbased sciences such as geography, geology, biodiversity and climatology.Through the unique Uniview ScaleGraph technology Uniview provides a seamless visualization of the entire known universe, from human scales all the way to the cosmic horizon. While being completely
interactive, Uniview is powered by the Uniview Flight Assist algorithms to make sure motion is always smooth and intuitive.

The show timings are as follows :

1st Show : 10:00
2nd Show : 11:00
3rd Show : 12:00

1st Show : 5:00
2nd Show : 5:45
3rd Show : 6:30

Note : Friday & Saturday no morning shows

Timings : open upto 7 in the evening

Enterance Fee : Free

Contact number: 22451195

No comments: