An 8,000 Pixel by 8,000 Pixel Big Ass Screen Is Coming to Chicago

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The Adler Planetarium just renovated the Grainger Sky Theater with a big honking screen. The display will mimic being in space with a 8,000 by 8,000 pixel screen that's supposed to deliver "the largest single seamless digital image in the world". For reference, typical movie screens 'only' spit out 2k by 4k pixel images.

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The screen will be housed in the planetarium's iconic dome and will create a 360-degree experience through special lighting, 20 separate projectors and 45 computers. The Adler Planetarium will be showing off 'Deep Space Adventure' on the screen, which will take viewers on a trip through our universe with images will be "as good as the human eye can perceive". Guess I know where I'll be the next time I head to Chicago.

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The theater is slated to open on July 8th. [Adler Planetarium]

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DISCUSSION

Human 20/20 vision is often quoted as 50 line pairs (100 pixels) per degree.

A display of 180 degrees (hemisphere) would need 180 x 100 pixels across its middle. That would be 18,000 pixels. Only 10,000 more than they're claiming is "as good as the human eye can perceive."

Ain't science wonderfluff?