November 20, 2012
Cruisin’ the Night Sky
Take a virtual trip into deep space from the top of Roppongi Hills
Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on November 2012
On November 23, the Roppongi Hills Mori Arts Center Gallery sees the return of the Star Cruise Planetarium, with each installation proving to be bigger and more detailed than the last. Created by Takayuki Ohira, the engineer whose Megastar planetarium design entered the Guinness Book of World Records for being able to project a mind-boggling 10 million stars, the tour takes visitors on a virtual trip past Saturn, out of the Milky Way and far into deep space. Noteworthy features include the 3D Sky Walk, complete with a 5m model of the Solar System, and a view of the night sky that shows our galaxy with a remarkable sense of depth. There are also some educational segments on space-time distortion and supernovae.
The planetarium remains open until February 11 next year, and tickets include admission to the 52nd-floor Mori Tower observation deck. Recommended for the scientifically inquisitive and for those who like shiny things.
What: Roppongi Hills Star Cruise Planetarium
Where: Roppongi Hills Mori Arts Center Gallery
When: Nov 23, 2012-Feb 11, 2013