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The Grand Rapids Public Museum Presents New Planetarium Show “Ice Worlds”

Discover the balance between ice, water and the existence of life! The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) is proud to present a new planetarium show, Ice Worlds, beginning January 7 in the Chaffee Planetarium.

Travel to the Arctic and Antarctic regions of our planet as well as the icy bodies beyond Earth. Audiences will examine the ecosystems that live and thrive in the icy regions of our planet and see how their survival is connected with our own. Beyond Earth, we’ll see how the existence of ice shapes the landscape and the natural systems on other planets and moons in our solar system. Narrated by two-time Academy Award nominee for Best Actress, Emily Watson.

“At the Grand Rapids Public Museum, we are continuously working to bring new, exciting and educational offerings to the community, and are excited to kick off 2019 with Ice Worlds,” said Kate Kocienski, VP of Marketing and PR for the GRPM. “Planetarium visitors will explore and compare ice throughout the universe from Earth to other planets and beyond.”

Ice Worlds will begin in the Museum’s Chaffee Planetarium on January 7, with shows daily at 2 p.m.

Tickets to the Chaffee Planetarium are free for Museum members and $4 with general admission to the Museum, $5 for a Planetarium-only ticket for non-members.

Ice Worlds is produced by Evans & Sutherland Digital Theater.

NEW UPGRADE – Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium

The GRPM’s Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium just got an upgrade to the latest Digistar technology! The Planetarium now boasts Digistar 6 technologies featuring the latest in resolution quality, content features and immersive surround sound for an out of this world experience. This is the newest upgrade since March of 2014 after a major renovation that included new technology, sound system, full dome, and seating.

The Planetarium is named for Grand Rapids native, Roger B. Chaffee, who died with fellow Apollo 1 astronauts Gus Grissom and Ed White during a pre-launch test in 1967. The Planetarium was originally opened in 1994 and has gone through renovations to provide the best experience for Planetarium visitors.

Evans and Sutherland

Evans & Sutherland’s Digital Theater Division in conjunction with its wholly-owned subsidiary, Spitz Inc., creates cutting-edge, full-dome digital entertainment and advanced video display systems. E&S has developed Digistar 3, the world’s leading digital planetarium with full-dome video playback, real-time computer graphics, and a complete 3D digital astronomy package fully integrated into a single theater system. This technology allows audiences to be immersed in full-color, 3D computer-generated worlds and to interact with these worlds. As a full-service system provider, E&S also offers advanced laser-based displays including the revolutionary E&S Laser Projector in addition to Spitz domes, SciDome, Spitz optical-mechanical star projectors, and a full range of theater systems from audio and lighting to theater automation. E&S markets include planetariums, science centers, themed attraction venues, and premium large-format theaters, and E&S products have been installed in over 1,300 theaters worldwide. Visit the E&S website at http://www.es.com/dt.