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Travel Unique outdoor planetarium opens in Quebec

19:56  30 june  2018
19:56  30 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Just in time for the start of the annual Perseid showers, National Geographic has partnered with tech company Aryzon to debut the world’s first open -air AR planetarium . Combining technology with Mother Nature, visitors to the new outdoor planetarium in Quebec

ObservEtoiles is a recently- opened outdoor planetarium using augmented reality to help explain the night sky to the curious. MONTREAL — Jeremy Fontana was always getting questions from guests about the stars in the night sky above his outdoor retreat in Quebec 's Eastern Townships.

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MONTREAL - Jeremy Fontana was always getting questions from guests about the stars in the night sky above his outdoor retreat in Quebec's Eastern Townships.

So he decided to find a way that would help star struck visitors understand the mysteries of the heavens above.

"If you could look at the real sky and, at the same time know what you were looking at, it would be perfect," Fontana said in an interview from the Au Diable Vert resort in Glen Sutton, Que.

So about two years ago, Fontana connected with Andrew Fazekas, a science writer and educator to create ObservEtoiles, an outdoor planetarium that uses augmented reality.

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Jeremy Fontana was always getting questions from guests about the stars in the night sky above his outdoor retreat in Quebec 's Eastern Townships. "If you could look at the real sky and, at the same time know what you were looking at, it would be perfect," Fontana said in an interview from.

So about two years ago, Fontana connected with Andrew Fazekas, a science writer and educator to create ObservEtoiles, an outdoor planetarium that uses augmented reality. It's only the second such preserve in Quebec after Mont-Megantic, home to an observatory.

"It's never been done before," Fontana said. "It's totally pioneering."

Visitors sit in an open-air Roman-style amphitheatre with 180 heated seats built into the side of a mountain at an altitude of 365 metres.

The 90-minute show currently held weekly on Saturdays begins with a virtual trip through the solar system followed by a detailed tour of the actual night sky.

Using a special headset, they look up and view illustrated images of stars and constellations which overlap the actual night-time sky.

"As you turn your head around, the constellations appear and disappear, but they're superimposed over the real stars," Fontana said. "That's really the essence of the augmented reality, you've got both things happening at the same time."

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So two years ago, Fontana connected with Andrew Fazekas, a science writer and educator to create ObservEtoiles, an outdoor planetarium that uses augmented reality. Sky Preserve "of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, is the second reserve of its kind in Quebec after Mont-Megantic, the

Recreating the universe and movements of the sky, the Planetarium has produced over 250 astronomy shows since its 1966 opening . In association with the Montreal Planterium is the Société d'Astronomie du Planétarium de Montréal, the largest amateur astronomy club in Quebec .

As an astronomer provides a laser-guided tour, the Greek and Roman mythology upon which the constellations are patterned are also explained.

Fazekas developed the show's concept and content and also brought National Geographic on board as partner.

The entrepreneurs hope to expand the concept elsewhere.

"I'm bringing in the educational and science aspect (and) National Geographic is bringing in their networking muscle and their worldwide branding," he said.

"To be outdoors under a truly dark sky filled with countless numbers of stars is a really humbling experience and then to have this technology really unlock some of the mysteries of the night sky ... it's unlike anything that's out there."

The experience is additionally enhanced because the southern-facing location was only recently designated a "Dark Sky Preserve" by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. It's only the second such preserve in Quebec after Mont-Megantic, home to an observatory.

"It allows you to see a lot more stars than you would in light-polluted areas," Fazekas said.

Cloudy skies won't stop the night sky show, which starts as soon as it gets dark.

As a science communicator, Fazekas said he really wants to excite young people — "the next generation of astronomers, astronauts, mathematicians and engineers."

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On the web: www.observetoiles.com

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