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With plush seating and concession service, the renovated IMAX Theater opens just in time for spring break

The Museum of Science and Technology, or MOST, unveiled a new, state-of-the-art planetarium and IMAX theater just in time for spring break. The ExploraDome will be one of very few dome theaters of its kind in the world. President Lauren Kochian said the next-level digital technology will provide a different viewing experience as an all-in-one IMAX and planetarium.

“We have about a 220-seat theater, one of the few dome theaters of this quality and caliber in the entire world. 26 and a half million pixels which means an incredible viewing experience on a dome you won’t find anywhere around here.” 

The MOST will feature their first two films starting Saturday. “Dark Universe” is a planetarium show narrated by Neil Degrasse Tyson that dives deep into the structure and history of the universe. The other film, “Dinosaurs of Antarctica,” takes viewers through prehistoric Antarctica when dinosaurs inhabited the land. National Grid is the sponsor of the ExploraDome. National Grid spokesperson Al Bianchetti hoped the renovations can help encourage more young people to pursue careers in STEM.

“Not all learning happens in a classroom. A lot of learning happens hands on, on field trips, by accident. The MOST fills that niche in Central New York and National Grid is very pleased to be able to support that effort.  

There are lots of upcoming events at the MOST during spring break. The museum will be open every day with many Earth Month activities to go along with the ExploraDome.

Matt Wrigley comes from Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, and is pursuing his Broadcast and Digital Journalism degree at Newhouse. His goal is to be a beat writer for a Philadelphia sports team or a broadcaster for NBC/NBC Sports. This semester at WAER, he's looking forward to gaining confidence with interviews and improving his news writing.
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