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2015

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Oct 19, 2015 Rice's Discovery Dome a popular spot on White House lawn
More than 100 people, including Malia and Sasha Obama, were treated to an immersive planetarium show in Rice's Discovery Dome on the White House lawn Oct. 19 as part of Astronomy Day festivities.
Rice News
USRA Lunar and Planetary Institute captivates stargazers during White House Astronomy Night
The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), a research institute managed by Universities Space Research Association for NASA, provided a series of engaging and innovative experiences for the White House Astronomy Night on October 19, 2015.
USRA Press Release
Oct 2015 NEW Newsletter - October 2015
new planetarium shows, product news, software updates, free shows, new Geo-Go-Dome™, gaming in the dome.
October 2015 Newsletter


2014

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Oct 2014 NEW MediaShow v4.6 with captioning
The latest version of MediaShow now supports QuickTime text tracks, allowing you to toggle subtitles on and off during playback..
MediaShow software
Sep 2014 NEW "Fishtank" player software
Plays back both fisheye and warped content and plays fully immersive games on a dome system!
Fishtank software
Aug 2014 ePlanetarium featured at VideoGamers United Convention
In this interview, ConfidentGamers.com learns how ePlanetarium can convert Unity-based games to full-dome for a totally immersive experience.
Interview video
May 2014 Exciting new results of dome learning in Journal of Astronomy Education and Outreach. We're excited to announce that our research paper on dome education is now published in the premiere issue of the Journal for Astronomy Education and Outreach. We show that the dome experience signficantly enhances learning retention over learning the same content by means of a computer. Conclusion: The dome is an experience, not just one more movie. First issue online

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2013

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Aug 2013 New Office Manager Mike Hutchinson! We welcome Mike Hutchinson as our new office manager, who will handle all orders and billing. We thank Andrea Palermo for her six years of amazing service and wish her luck in her new career teaching 7th grade science! See the new fax number
Apr 2013 EPlanetarium named "Top Business" - one of the top 500 Emerging Businesses in the US, and one of the top 100 Woman-Owned Business in Texas, by DiversityBusiness.com. The awards will be given out in a ceremony in Las Vegas on April 25, 2013. See the Press release for details


2012

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Nov 2012 New Dome options! New Avela domes allow negative pressure domes, huge cupola domes, and more We offer the full line of Go-Dome inflatable domes
Nov 2012 New Fisheye options! Now an affordable fisheye that zooms from 1200x1200 fulldome to an amazing 1920x1200 high resolution movie projector Check our the full line of elumenati projectors
Jun 2012 Now with iPad controller! We can now control our system easily by iPad! Only $699 more (yeah, the cost of the ipad). Come and see it demonstrated at IPS! Come and see us at IPS 2012
Feb 2012 It's official! 150th system installed! New version "Night of the Titanic" coming in time for the 100th anniversary!
Learn more about our 3D system, and come to our Discovery Dome technology demos at IPS
February 2012 Newsletter


2011

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Dec 2011 WOW - NOW WITH 3D CAPABILITY! Now available - 3D or fulldome from the same projector!! New Epson projector switches instantly from fulldome to 3D. We are now FOUR theaters in one - fulldome, widescreen not fulldome, 3D not fulldome, and 3D fulldome. Contact us for info on our new 3D series!
Dec 2011 New show with special pricing: We Choose Space! Plus new software, animations and a special partner-only website! Dec 2011 Newsletter
Oct 2011 New shows from Antares: Moles Plus all the shows from Antares Productions now available! First showing at the FIRST digital planetarium in Nigeria! Meet our new Nigerian partners!
Jul 2011 New shows: Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall and Wish You Were Here Plus Starlight Express from Starlight Productions July 2011 Newsletter
May 2011 New show: "2012: Mayan Prophecies" from HMNS. What really will happen in 2012? And why did the Mayan civilization die out, before the conquistadors? Learn about the Mayan calendar and more in this dynamic show May 11 Newsletter
Apr 2011 WorldWide Telescope partners with Discovery Dome! WorldWide Telescope, an amazing software to fly around the solar system, the galaxy and even the universe, is now free and pre-installed with all new Discovery Domes!

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Feb 2011 Discovery Dome partners with NickIndia for the Young Astronaut Programme! Nickelodeon - India is sponsoring a contest. The lucky winners will come and tour NASA-KSC with a parent! Discovery Dome and the MMS mission are proud sponsors of this event, which will travel to 400 schools in India check out the contest rules and enter now!


2010

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Dec 2010 New blue Zodiac Dome heads to Lebanon! Our 8m transportable dome heads to the Middle East - with a blue entryway! Entryways are available in a number of colors. (note the entry and the rings stay permanently inflated, yet it can be put up in 3 or 4 hours!) Available for rental through our Middle-East office. Learn more about Zodiacs
Nov 2010 New Newsletter posted! At e-Planetarium, we are truly blessed by having the best customers, the best staff, the best domes, the best mirrors, the best software, and yes even the best competitors in the business! Use the link to the right to download the newsletter. download the newsletter here!
Fall 2010 New semipermanent Zodiac Dome! New 7, 8, 9, and 10m transportable domes for sale or rent - goes up in three hours, stay for months! First one opened May 2010 at HMNS - Sugarland, TX download the brochure for more info!
Spring 2010 Over 100 systems around the world! New systems in Canada, Pennsylvania, Saudi Arabia, and Abu Dhabi! check out our map for a partner near you!


2009

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Nov 2009 First digital planetarium in Morocco! Grove of Hope and E-Planetarium team up to donate a Discovery Dome to the Science Week in Morocco, November 9-28, 2009 (6000 students served!)  
Jun 2009 First digital planetarium in Zambia! Rice U and E-Planetarium team up to donate a Discovery Dome to the University of Zambia  
Jun 2009 Reiff wins major award! At the American Geophysical Union meeting in Toronto, President Patricia Reiff received the "Athelstan Spilhaus Award" for dedication to public education. Read the citation at the AGU site
May 2009 New show opening! "Impact Earth" opens at the Houston Museum of Natural Science and now available for planetariums of all sizes! Read the Press release
May 2009 New systems installed! Four new systems in India - A fixed 50 foot dome in Chennai and three portables in Mumbai Go to a description of the site
Mar 2009 New systems installed! New system in Capetown, South Africa, and two for PNC in Pittsburgh Go to the South African site
Jan 2009 New Distributor! Discovery Dome welcomes Dr. Antoun Daou and the Lebanese National Network as our latest Distributor and rental site! Go to the LNN site


2008

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Dec 2008 New Distributor! Discovery Dome welcomes TAO-IT as our Argentinian Distributor and rental agent! The Dome made a smash hit at the Buenos Aires EXPO in December! See the videos from the opening
Nov 2008 New systems installed! Galileo visits the latest Discovery Dome site at STEM Centre in Northern England  
Nov 2008 New systems installed! Discovery Dome welcomes NASA Dryden, ETHOS, and Niagara Co. Community Center as our latest partners! Go to the ETHOS site
Oct 2008 New systems installed! Our favorite form of flattery - Korea and Kramer International each bought their third system! Go to the Kramer site
Sep 2008 New systems installed! Discovery Dome welcomes the Challenger Learning Center of Colorado and the Passmore Center in San Diego as our latest partners! Go to the Challenger site
Aug 2008 New systems installed! Discovery Dome welcomes the UK Astronomy Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland as our latest partner! Go to the Edinburgh site
Jul 2008 New systems installed! Discovery Dome welcomes Lindenhurst Planetarium, Queens College and Chattanooga State Tech Community College as our latest partners! Go to the Chattanooga site
May 2008 New systems installed! Discovery Dome welcomes Adler Planetarium, Snow College and West Virginia U as our latest partners! Go to the Adler site
March 2008 New systems installed! Discovery Dome welcomes Unam in Mexico City and Christa McAuliffe Planetarium in New Hampshire as our latest partners! Go to the Christa McAuliffe site
Feb 2008 We welcome Knowledge Latitude of Saudi Arabia and Snow College, Ephraim UT, as new Discovery Dome sites! Go to the Saudi site
Jan 2008 New distributor for Turkey! Discovery Dome welcomes KA, Ömer Keçik and Murat Akhasanoglu as our Turkey distributors. They have done their first school show and are translating Earth's Wild Ride and Dinosaur Prophecy into Turkish, with more shows to follow. Go to the Turkey site


2007

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Dec 2007 New distributor for UK and Europe! Discovery Dome welcomes Mario di Maggio as our UK and European distributor. He will be ready for demos, sales and rentals starting early 2008! Go to the UK/EU site
Nov 2007 New system in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, brings the first digital theater to Central or Eastern Africa! A 5m mirror system, plus the HMNS show "Lucy's Cradle - the birth of wonder" were presented to the National University by Rice, HMNS, and e-Planetarium in thanks for allowing that precious fossil to travel to Houston. See the Rice press release
Sep 2007 Five new partners, plus repurchases by previous partners expand the Discovery Dome network! New installations: Columbia Challenger Center, SC, Sci-Quest, AL, Ft Worth Science Center, TX; Clear Creek ISD, TX; Rockwood School District, MO; plus additional systems from Korea and Kramer International! More
Jul 2007 New Newtonian-1 projection system covers 95% of the dome for a penny a pixel! More


2006

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Mar 2006 ePlanetarium is to distribute 10 fulldome planetarium shows from Loch Ness Productions, as well as Molecularium from RPI and shows from other producers. More


2005

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Sep 2005 NASA Education website features and highlights our Earth's Wild Ride show: "is an effective way to engage them (students) in Earth science... More | PDF
Jun 2005 Immersive Earth project featured in Planetarian Magazine Planetarian, Vol 34, No. 2, June 2005 Article