Source: NYDailyNews.com

After an extensive three-year renovation, the Edwin P. Hubble Planetarium at Edward R. Murrow High School reopened this week, featuring advanced technology developed at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium.

The planetarium now has new carpets, seating, ceilings and a new entrance to the domed facility, and is operated with a new computerized LED cove lighting system and high-end software.

It’s come a long way from the projectors that splashed simple constellation patterns of the night sky across the ceiling, with the new dome being able to recreate blue skies, theatrical “lighting chases” and other advanced schemes, aided by a new surround sound system linked to fully programmable DVD player.

The whole system is coordinated by Uniview software developed at Manhattan’s Natural History Museum using their Digital Universe data bank created by Dr. Carter Emmart, director of Astrovisualization at the Hayden Planetarium. The new software can take students on adventures through the universe, allowing them to view the galaxies and celestial bodies from any point in known space.

Murrow’s Hubble Planetarium opened in 1979, and remains one of just a few such facilities operating within a New York City public school.

The renovations were completed with the help of funding obtained by former Councilman Domenic Recchia. It cost $500,000.

The Daily News captured some of the dome’s new capabilities in the photo above.

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  • art

    i wonder if the dude in charge of it is still a prick. forgot his name.

    • ES

      No offense, but there’s not much to be said about the character of a person who would leave a comment like that.

  • Mike

    Mr. Stork…was a hard-ass teacher, didn’t like us spacey kids.

  • Winson

    I only went there once as a student, in September 2004 during new student orientation. Never knew how to access it

  • ES

    I had Mr. Storch, back in around ’90 or ’91. I wish I appreciated that class then as I know I would today. I was more into cutting class and hanging out with my friends in the Music Hall than I was into astronomy. My loss.

  • Lisa_Sheepshead_Bay

    Half a million dollars? The article said it originally had a planetarium at the school since 1979 but is this really necessary? What happened to school/class trips to a museum? Has anyone tracked what is the actual amount of students that continue to college and a career in astronomy? I hate to say it but seems as though funds could have been better spent here.