Just last week Windward Community College reopened their Hōkūlani Imaginarium, now fully equipped with a new Definiti 4K projection system from Sky-Skan
. The Definiti 4K provides high-resolution color imagery on a giant dome screen. Two projectors illuminate the dome screen giving it a 3D effect without the glasses. It is quite an enhancement compared to the previous system that projected points and line drawings.
Joe Ciotti is the master of ceremonies for each of the showings. He adds a key dimension you won't find in other traditional theaters. He is there as a greeter, mood setter and subject matter expert. He warmed up the opening night viewing of Tales of the Maya Skies
with a demonstration of the new features of the Definiti 4 system. He flashed a 3D rendering of the Space Shuttle and then showed how, through the marvel of 3D modeling, you can venture into the bone structure of the human skull
. It is easy to imagine worlds of the extremely small to those of galactic proportions opening up for viewing.
Opening with Tales of the Maya Skies
introduced the audience to the capabilities of the system and the intricacies of putting a show like this together. In addition to a program rich in culture, images included animations of Mayan characters, 3D renderings of Maya structures and a story woven in science and legend. Tales of the Maya Skies is a Chabot Space & Science Center
production with major funding provided by the National Science Foundation.
Judging from the Sky-Skan catalog
of shows, there are a lot of interesting programs to look forward to. Titles like Solar Storms, Awesome Light and Black Holes: Journey into the Unknown need little fanfare to attract my attention. Awesome Light includes an entire episode from the telescopes on the summit of Mauna Kea:
Voyage into Subaru, Gemini, Keck, and Canada-France-Hawai‘i observatories to explore an exo-planet, supernova, and stars orbiting at the centre of the Milky Way and galactic survey.
Exo-planets, sign me up! Viewings of Tales of the Maya Skies continue through January 2011:
- Friday, November 12, 7 p.m. & 8 p.m.
- Friday, December 10, 7 p.m.
- Friday, January 14, 7 p.m.
For tickets reservations and more information about the show, call Windward Community Collage at 808-235-7433.