The brand new high-tech digital dome catapults the Joburg Planetarium into the long run

Wits College and Anglo American have teamed as much as remodel the long-lasting 62-year-old dome of the Joburg Planetarium into a brand new, multi-disciplinary and future-proof occasion middle for analysis, coaching and scientific engagement.

The brand new high-tech analysis facility is predicted to assist college students resolve a few of society’s most urgent challenges and contribute to Johannesburg’s ongoing regeneration as a wise metropolis.

large knowledge

Professor Zeblon Vilakazi, Vice-Chancellor of Wits College and Fellow of the Royal Society (UK), stated that for a lot of researchers in numerous fields, knowledge is more and more advanced and multi-dimensional.

“A middle like the brand new Wits Anglo American Digital Dome will supply a extra intuitive and immersive understanding of massive knowledge, permitting college students, researchers and the general public to visualise knowledge in actual time.”

Higher expertise

Professor Roger Deane, Director of the Wits Middle for Astrophysics and the SKA Chair in Radio Astronomy at Wits stated they’re creating a greater expertise for astronomy lovers.

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“An set up like the brand new Wits Anglo American Digital Dome is a means to enhance a extra intuitive and immersive understanding of massive knowledge, the place we can visualize our work, whether or not in educating anatomy to first-year medical college students, visualizing the numerous particle showers at CERN’s Massive Hadron Collider, exploring the primary galaxies within the Universe or making an attempt out new video games, constructed by Wits sport design college students.”

Help for training

Duncan Wanblad, chief govt of Anglo Americanstated that supporting equitable entry to training was a precedence for the corporate.

“As one of many main universities in Africa, ingenuity continues to play a significant position in offering entry to training, not just for its college students but in addition for the broader South African public.”

“The brand new Wits Anglo American Digital Dome shall be a very world-class and accessible middle that can encourage generations to take an energetic curiosity within the disciplines of science, know-how, engineering and arithmetic (STEM) and the digital arts,” Wanblad stated.

Price and levels

Collectively, Wits and Anglo American supplied R75 million to fund the primary two levels of the three-stage mission, with Wits College Council committing R20 million and Anglo American offering R55 million.

The mission will assist the city regeneration of town of Johannesburg by preserving the constructing that can home the Digital Dome, which is the long-lasting inexperienced roof seen by 1000’s of drivers day by day alongside Johannesburg’s predominant freeway, the M1 South.

First stage

Throughout the first stage, the prevailing Planetarium shall be refurbished and digitized with a brand new state-of-the-art digital projection system, auditorium seating and a Science and Know-how Exploratory.

Second stage

The second stage sees an enlargement of the north wing for a brand new set of operational places of work, an exhibition space, in addition to a seminar room and assembly area for the planning and design of Digital Dome exhibits.

Third stage

Within the third and remaining stage, which continues to be to be funded, a brand new research-focused constructing on the east wing will home an open-plan workplace area for visiting multidisciplinary analysis groups to work together with consultants in inner knowledge visualization and illustration of Digital Dome.

It would embrace a artistic studio, movie and sound manufacturing services, so Wits can develop a lot of its science engagement digital content material on web site.

This stage shall be built-in with the Wits Soccer Stadium and can embrace a media viewing platform and a rooftop occasion area.


Phases 1 and a pair of of the Wits Anglo American Digital Dome shall be accomplished in 2023 and open to the general public in 2024.

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