HOLMBERG: New NanoSeam an upgrade of Science Museum IMAX dome

Posted at 12:29 AM, Jan 09, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-09 07:16:43-05

This former train station on West Broad Street is 95 years old, but it’s about to become one of the slickest, most high-tech dome theaters and planetariums on the planet.

The Science Museum, which saved this stately old station  from demolition, added the planetarium and I-Max dome 30 years ago. It was super high-tech back then, and they’re spending the millions to make sure it stays that way.

They’ve brought in a crew from merry old England to pull it off – the same outfit that upgraded it a decade or so ago. This time, they’re going all out.

The old aluminum viewing skin – made of lapped panels that put little snags in the all-around view - has been peeled off. In its place will be panels with computer-shaped seams that will butt up against each other so snugly, the bowl-shaped inner surface will be virtually flawless once the show starts. At least, that’s the plan.

And that is the foundation for a brand new Digistar 5 fulldome 3D projector system so precise, it will be roughly twice as sharp as a good flatscreen TV.

It is due to debut in about two-months – March 15 – but you can get a taste of it by watching our video report here. Click here for updates on