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Fulldome3D Digital Theatre was inaugurated by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Hon’ble Union Minister of Culture, Govt. of India at Science City, Kolkata. The facility is the first of its kind in India. In tune with the technological advancement taking place around the world, the Space Theatre has now switched over from a 2D celluloid based film projection system to a digital projection system as part of upgradation fully funded by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India at a cost of Rs. 20.00 crore. This promises to scale up the viewing experience in terms of both content as well as technology by including a completely new full dome with an active 2D/3D immersive projection system.
Preview of two Films ‘The Life of Trees’ and ‘Asteroid: Mission Extreme’ were also organised.
The Life of the Trees is an edutainment fulldome experience that tells the story of fascinating world of trees. It shows the importance of plants for life on earth, how trees grow, how they transport water against gravity to the top of the crown, and enabled diverse life on earth by producing oxygen.
The story is presented by two quirky animated characters: a ladybug called DOLORES and a firefly called MIKE. The characters and the settings have been chosen with the idea of using the fulldome format in a fascinating visual way that perfectly supports the educational aspect of the show.
Asteroid: Mission Extreme takes audiences on an epic journey to discover the potential that asteroids present to facilitate manned space travel. Through stunning visuals and state of the art computer graphics, the film will present the fascinating idea, based on real science, that asteroids could be used as stepping stones to other worlds, veritable “way stations” in space enabling us to cross the entire Solar System. .
The film explores the nature of asteroids and the Earth’s connection to them (from the extinction-level asteroid impact during the dinosaur era to modern day encounters with these space objects). The film touches upon the possibility and potential consequences of a large asteroid hitting Earth.
Science City, Kolkata is open on all days of the year, except on the day of Holi, from 9 am to 8 pm.