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In a three-year project sanctioned by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, the control system of the Planetarium was upgraded to use a touch-screen-driven PC interface. This upgrade, carried out in-house, was completed in 2002. This pdf document details the motivation, approach and course of this upgrade.
 
Seen below is a screenshot of the ShowMaker software which is used to create shows offline using a PC:
 
 
Using this system, shows could be created with the ShowMaker, reviewed offline with the Simulator, and played out on the actual Planetarium system with the Player. The video below explains the usage of the software.
 
 
 
The shows making use of this system, all made locally, were:
  • Architecture of the Cosmos.
    Adapted from the show produced for the earlier system.
  • Creation.
    A scientific review of the Universe and its beginnings.
  • Wonders of the Night Sky.
    A narrative demonstrating most of the capabilities of the Planetarium.
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