Hybrid Planetarium at Calicut
With a modest beginning on January 30, 1997 Calicut Planetarium has crossed a long way with a track record of about six lakh footfall presenting 1200 Shows annually.
The planetarium at Calicut is equipped with a hybrid projection system comprising full dome Powerdome system and RFP DP2 Space Flight Opto-mechanical Projection system from Carl Zeiss, Jena, Germany.
The full dome projection system, consisting of nine number of JVC DLA RS65 projectors having resolution of 1920 X 1020 and brightness 1200 ANSI lumen, with customized lens shutters for image blending and black level; nine channel image generator with Powerdome® software, NAS Data server (Network Attached Storage). This unit consisted of PC cluster with software for image generation, distortion correction and blending, Powerdome® configurator, editor, player, PDA (Personal Digital Assistant), libraries etc.
Also, software called Uniview® is installed in the Planetarium machine. Uniview® is 3D astronomy software. Uniview runs on ZEISS Powerdome® as special adaptation has been incorporated for multi-channel blending of Powerdome®.
Further this Planetarium is equipped with 5.1 audio system with Denon audio processor and decoder.
Show Timings: 12 Noon, 2 pm, 4 pm, 6 pm. (Extra shows will be announced as and when required)
3D Theatre at RSC Calicut
The centre has a sophisticated HD 3D Theatre with 5.1 audio systems. The projection technology used in this theatre is called RealD cinema, currently the most widely used 3-D movie system in theatres. This system uses circular polarization — produced by a filter in front of the projector — to beam the film onto a silver screen. The filter converts linearly polarized light into circularly polarized light by slowing down one component of the electric field.
When the vertical and horizontal parts of the picture are projected onto the silver screen, the filter slows down the vertical component. This effectively makes the light appear to rotate, and it allows you to more naturally move your head without losing perception of the 3-D image. Circular polarization also eliminates the need for two projectors shooting out images in separate colours. The silver screen, in this case, helps preserve the polarization of the image.
Regular shows screened are of approximately 15 minutes duration
Regular show timings are 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm. Extra shows are announced when required.
Occupancy of the 3D theatre: 120