The Kika Silva Pla Planetarium seats 60 guests beneath a 34 ft Spitz projection dome, and is equipped with not one, but two, state of the art planetarium projectors!
The first is a computer-controlled Goto Chronos optical-mechanical projector, which provides the most realistic night sky available. Unlike traditional optical-mechanical projectors elsewhere, the Chronos is capable of transporting you to any place on Earth, or in time +/- 10,000 years, within seconds.
The Kika Silva Pla Planetarium's Goto Chronos optical-mechanical projector is the first of only two of its kind in Florida, and the 10th out of only 17 installed in the world!
The second star projector is an RSA Cosmos 1C-3K In Space System. The ISS 1C-3K transforms the 34 ft dome into one giant, immersive computer screen that totally surrounds you with images, animations, and video for an experience you will never forget. With the ISS 1C-3K, you can be transported to the surfaces of other planets, through the rings of Saturn, out into the Galaxy, and to the edge of the observable Universe. Or, it can just as easily take you to the depths of Earth's oceans and even within the human body!
Fun Facts About Our Planetarium
Here are some Fun Facts about the domed projection screen, which brings the Universe to your neighborhood:
- The surface of the 34 ft diameter perforated aluminum dome covers 1816 square feet.
- There are over 19 1/2 million tiny perforations across the dome's surface to prevent sound from wrapping around the theater and becoming distorted.
- If all of these perforations were to be placed side-by-side in a straight line, they would stretch in a line over 19 miles long!
- If you turned the dome upside-down, it could hold 272,884,518 M&Ms!