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Jersey City Is Home To The Largest Planetarium In The Western Hemisphere

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Jersey City Is Home To The Largest Planetarium In The Western Hemisphere

There is an overflowing list of reasons to visit New York City, but stargazing isn’t typically on it. However, on the other side of the Hudson River, Jersey City is home to the fourth largest planetarium in the world and the largest in the Western Hemisphere.

The Liberty Science Center opened the ‘Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium’ and LSC Giant Dome Theater a little over a year ago. The former IMAX theater, which is now the fourth largest planetarium on the planet, is only beaten out by two in Japan and one in China. The screen has a staggering 88 million pixel resolution, and a projection system that produces more than 281 trillion colors. Their new speakers are also capable of producing 30,000 watts of digital sound! (For perspective, most people tend to get speakers that are 50 watts.)

Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium sits within an 89-foot full-dome, and with the pristine visuals and sounds this may be the closest thing to being in orbit when it comes to seeing the stars.

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The Liberty Science Center

You can find the full list of films and Planetarium Shows on the Liberty Science Center’s website. Here’s a preview of what to expect from within the dome:

Cozy up under the stars this winter and let your inner child free at the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium!

What: Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium

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Where: Liberty State Park – 222 Jersey City Boulevard

Operating Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Closed Mondays

Note: They’ll be open from 9 a.m. until 1 a.m. this Sunday so people can come to watch the total lunar eclipse!

Featured image source [lsc.org]