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Satellites orbit around planet earth in this projection (Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Satellites orbit around planet earth in this projection on the ceiling of the just-renovated Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium in Centerport. Visitors to the Planetarium's William and Mollie Rogers Theater will see not only new shows produced by planetariums in Britain, China and the United States, but also extraordinary NASA imagery recorded by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and other satellites. (Feb. 28, 2013)

Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium

Under the dome of the newly renovated planetarium at the Vanderbilt Museum, visitors won't just see laser-sharp stars -- they'll see them twinkle just as if they were experiencing the Earth's atmosphere.

Technical and Production Coordinator, Dave Bush points out
(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Technical and Production Coordinator, Dave Bush points out a deep-sky object known as a Globular Cluster of stars -- which are made up of some of the oldest stars in the universe. They are usually found in the sky during the late Spring and Summer months as our nighttime vantage point is directed toward the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. Visitors to the newly-renovated Vanderbilt Planetarium's William and Mollie Rogers Theater will see not only new shows produced by planetariums in Britain, China and the United States, but also extraordinary NASA imagery recorded by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and other satellites. (Feb. 28, 2013)

Technical and Production Coordinator, Dave Bush, left, and
(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Technical and Production Coordinator, Dave Bush, left, and Assistant Director of Planetarium Programming, Lorraine Vernola, right, operate the control console for the Geministar III projection system to project a real-time computer generated 3D model of the Milky Way Galaxy projected on the domed ceiling of the just-renovated Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium in Centerport. Visitors to the Planetarium's William and Mollie Rogers Theater will see not only new shows produced by planetariums in Britain, China and the United States, but also extraordinary NASA imagery recorded by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and other satellites. (Feb. 28, 2013)

Visitors to the just-renovated Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium
(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Visitors to the just-renovated Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium in Centerport will see not only new shows produced by planetariums in Britain, China and the United States, but also extraordinary NASA imagery recorded by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and other satellites. (Feb. 28, 2013)

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This is a real-time computer generated 3D model
(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

This is a real-time computer generated 3D model of the Milky Way Galaxy projected on the domed ceiling of the just-renovated Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium in Centerport. Visitors to the Planetarium's William and Mollie Rogers Theater will see not only new shows produced by planetariums in Britain, China and the United States, but also extraordinary NASA imagery recorded by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and other satellites. (Feb. 28, 2013)

Technical and Production Coordinator, Dave Bush operates the
(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Technical and Production Coordinator, Dave Bush operates the control console for the Geministar III projection system demonstrating star trails -- the results of Earth's rotation and long photographic exposure times -- inside the newly-renovated Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium in Centerport. Visitors to the Planetarium's William and Mollie Rogers Theater will see not only new shows produced by planetariums in Britain, China and the United States, but also extraordinary NASA imagery recorded by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and other satellites. The ultra-high-definition video can take the audience on jaw-dropping journeys to the outer reaches of the Universe. (Feb. 28, 2013)

Satellites orbit around planet earth in this projection
(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Satellites orbit around planet earth in this projection on the ceiling of the just-renovated Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium in Centerport. Visitors to the Planetarium's William and Mollie Rogers Theater will see not only new shows produced by planetariums in Britain, China and the United States, but also extraordinary NASA imagery recorded by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and other satellites. (Feb. 28, 2013)

This is a computer-generated graphic image of a
(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

This is a computer-generated graphic image of a star exploding in one of the universe's most catastrophic events -- a supernova -- projected on the ceiling of the just-renovated Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium in Centerport. Visitors to the Planetarium's William and Mollie Rogers Theater will see not only new shows produced by planetariums in Britain, China and the United States, but also extraordinary NASA imagery recorded by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and other satellites. The ultra-high-definition video can take the audience on jaw-dropping journeys to the outer reaches of the Universe. (Feb. 28, 2013)

Projected on the ceiling of the just-renovated Vanderbilt
(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Projected on the ceiling of the just-renovated Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium in Centerport. Visitors to the Planetarium's William and Mollie Rogers Theater will see not only new shows produced by planetariums in Britain, China and the United States, but also extraordinary NASA imagery recorded by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and other satellites. The ultra-high-definition video can take the audience on jaw-dropping journeys to the outer reaches of the Universe. (Feb. 28, 2013)

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From left to right, a viewer can see
(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

From left to right, a viewer can see the constellations of Leo the Lion, Gemini the Twins, and Orion the Hunter lying within the stars to which they belong inside the newly renovated Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium in Centerport. (Feb. 28, 2013)

The Hubble Space Telescope soars across the giant
(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

The Hubble Space Telescope soars across the giant dome screen overhead inside the just-renovated Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium in Centerport. Visitors to the Planetarium's William and Mollie Rogers Theater will see not only new shows produced by planetariums in Britain, China and the United States, but also extraordinary NASA imagery recorded by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and other satellites. (Feb. 28, 2013)

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