Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/5/23

For the first time ever, guests will be immersed in the incredible James Webb Space Telescope imagery, at a scale never seen before

In honor of National Space Day on May 5, Illuminarium is launching an entirely new addition to its wildly popular SPACE spectacle, featuring an interactive James Webb Space Telescope experience. The new addition to the Illuminarium SPACE experience showcases cosmic views from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the largest and most groundbreaking telescope ever built. Illuminarium’s high-tech animation systems and 360-degree fully immersive screens provide viewers with a never-before-seen perspective and scale of the James Webb imagery.  

Beyond being immersed in the extraordinary images that the JWST sent back to earth, Illuminarium guests will also see first-hand the dramatic unfurling and deployment of the JWST in deep space — how a telescope the size of a football field that was crammed into a rocket less than 30 feet in diameter came to life.  Some have described the unfolding of the JWST to that of an origami creation or like a remote-controlled opening of a gigantic Swiss army knife.  Illuminarium guests will see an extraordinary 3-D recreation of this amazing technological feat.

“We are thrilled to bring this enhanced version of our SPACE experience to our guests,” said Alan Greenberg, CEO of Illuminarium. “The James Webb Space Telescope is a remarkable tour de force, allowing us to see the universe in ways we’ve never seen before.  And, when you see it at the awesome scale Illuminarium provides, it simply takes your breath away.”

The Illuminarium SPACE experience is driven by an unprecedented blend of technology, including 4K laser projection, 3-D audio, LIDAR based interactivity, in-floor sensation-creating haptics, and even scent, bringing unique authenticity to the immersive experience. Guests should also know that strobe effects, gentle floor vibration, immersive sound, and realistic & responsive projection may all be part of the show they experience. 

A Special “After Dark” James Webb Experience (21+)

On Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, Illuminarium Atlanta will be bringing a special interactive James Webb Space Telescope addition to it’s 21+ SPACE After Dark experience.  

SPACE After Dark guests will have the opportunity to interact with Cosmic Cliffs, Tarantula Nebulas, The Southern Ring, Pillars of Creation, and more. Using a wave of the hand, viewers can literally affect what they see on the Illuminarium walls.  Simply walk by the star filled Pillars of Creation, and new colors and sights will be revealed – creating an immersive experience like no other. 

Booking your voyage to SPACE

The addition of the James Webb imagery is part of Illuminarium’s ongoing commitment to providing visitors with the most immersive and innovative experiences possible. With cutting-edge technology, breathtaking visuals, and a truly unique atmosphere, Illuminarium is quickly becoming one of Atlanta’s top destinations for entertainment and education.

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