The SciDome System

Designed for Planetarium Education

Spitz SciDome planetariums are designed to be engaging, interactive, fulldome classrooms. Powered by Starry Night, The Layered Earth, and Zygote Body (with Physics360 coming soon), SciDome brings realtime space and earth science into the dome’s unique teaching environment. Immerse students in SciDome’s interactive visual universe, and explore Earth’s 3D topography and layers in spectacular detail.


The SciDome System includes:

Fulldome Display System

SciDome projection systems offer a range of configurations and resolutions for domes up to 80 feet (24 meters).

Control Console
scidome-console-600 SciDome’s console/desk combination with computers for rendering and operator control. Includes mouse, keyboard, and monitor.
Simulation Software

mars-layers-150Powerful real-time simulation capabilities, with astronomy simulation powered by Starry Night software, interactive earth science driven by The Layered Earth, and human anatomy simulation from Zygote Body. Physics 360 coming soon.

Fulldome Curriculum
FDCurriculum_Binder_Set300Teach complex concepts with unique live interaction. Classes and mini-lessons for a wide variety of topics from seasons and moon phases, to detailed subjects like orbital dynamics, astronomical timekeeping, and astronomy history.
Classroom Curriculum
starry_night_elementary_binder-320SciDome integrates tightly with the classroom versions of Starry Night and The Layered Earth. Tailored for grade levels from elementary through university, the curriculum is designed to satisfy state education standards including the NGSS.

Rotating-SciTouch-animated-GIF-320Only SciDome includes SciTouch™, the first handheld controller designed for planetarium presentation. Your dome becomes a “touch screen” interface.

autowarp-2-600Two-projector configurations of SciDome include the AutoWarp system for automatic, hands-free alignment and edge blending.
SciDome Theater Automation

ATM OA DialogSpitz’s ATM-4 graphical automation software controls Starry Night, The Layered Earth, Zygote Body, Physics 360, and your theater, including projectors, lighting, and audio.

Installation & Training
service-craig-150Professional installation is performed by an experienced Spitz technician. Initial training is provided onsite, with ongoing training available annually at Spitz Institute.


SciDome is powered by

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SciDome has truly opened a universe of possibilities for educating and entertaining our audiences. Spitz has created a powerful teaching tool, while also attending to the theatrical needs and desires of today’s audiences.

Dr. Kelly Herbst

Astronomy Curator, Virginia Living Museum

SciDome Projection Options

Featuring the SciDome IQ Series of affordable systems for education, and the SciDome XL Series for extreme resolution and brightness
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SciDome IQ Series

Designed from the ground up with the needs of educators in mind, SciDome IQ planetarium systems are a bright, sharp, smart solution priced for education budgets.

SciDome IQ 2400

Single projector
Center mount
2400 x 2400 pixels
Dome size up to 45 feet (14m)

SciDome IQ 4K

Dual projector
Cove mount
4096 x 4096
Up to 55 feet (17m)

SciDome XL Series

The SciDome XL series provides ultra high resolution, brightness, and color saturation for the most demanding sites.

Additional projection configurations are available. Contact Spitz to discuss your specific requirements.

SciDome 4K XL

Dual projector
Cove mount
4096 x 4096
Dome size up to 80 feet (24m)

SciDome 8K XL

Dual projector
Cove mount
7680 x 7680 (shift)
Dome size up to 80 feet (24m)

Robust education capabilities

Every SciDome system provides the same comprehensive suite of education tools and capabilities


Realtime astronomy simulation powered by Starry Night, the world’s most popular astronomy education software.

Earth Science

The Layered Earth beings interactive, 3D earth-science education to the dome.


Teaching tools that connect the dome and classroom environments.

Teach with Touch

The only handheld controller designed specifically for planetariums


Only SciDome gives you SciTouch, a completely unique interactive dome controller that gives you direct contact with the visuals on the dome.

Contact Spitz for more information

To learn more about SciDome planetariums for education, contact Spitz at +1.610.459.5200.