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MAKING NEW FRIENDS WITH FULLDOME LIVE

At the Science Centre World Summit 2017, in Tokyo, Japan, our fellow exhibitor, the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan asked us if they could try to use their astronomical simulator “Mitaka” on our 3 meter open dome. Fulldome Live allows us to take the output from almost anything and play it directly to the dome. All that was required was an HDMI cable and a few changes to Mitaka’s settings.  In a short time, what had been a private show on a VR headset became a public display in the dome. Mitaka is fully-featured and easy to use simulator, navigated by a game controller. Even if you don’t have a dome or VR headset Mitaka is available for download from the NAOJ website and can be used at home on your own PC.

You can read the NAOJ account of SCWS2017 and our improvised collaboration on their website and follow links to download the Mitaka software.

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DOME OF THE POST
Diameter 3m (10ft),
standing capacity 5 people