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  • Description

    The new Chicago planetarium, United States of America.

    Full title reads: "Planetarium - the strange apparatus that projects the entire solar system on to a dome."

    L/S of the Chicago Planetarium silhouetted against the sky as the sun goes down. Low angle shot of part of the planetarium equipment moving slowly - the device for projecting the solar system. "There are more stars in this artificial heaven than in all Hollywood and Broadway combined" states the narrator. Another shot of the space age projector contraption moving. Shot of the imitation night sky. It moves around.

    L/S of the projection device which throws a large shadow up onto the wall as it moves. Closer view of the mechanism. The narrator describes how the projector moves in the correct way to represent the movements of all the constellations in the universe.

    Doctor Philip Fox (sp?) is the man "behind the stars". We see a man operating the mechanism and using a light device to point out various parts of the solar system. The narrator says that he "runs the universe and at will, can stop or start any planet that Chicago owns. Doctor Fox moves very quickly as he operates all the switches.

    Narrator explains more about how the planetarium projector works. Various shots of the projector and of the stars and planets as they appear on the dome. Narrator ends with a joke about courting couples liking to visit the planetarium for a "liberal education."

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  • Data

    British Pathé
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    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:05:08:00 / 01:07:17:00
    PSP 748
    Sort Number:
    PSP 748
  • Appears in...

    Lifestyle & Culture Science & Technology
    milky way planetarium Stars Universe The Universe Stars Stars and Constellations American Theatre
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