I have provided more details on planetarium/dome activity in 2012 in a written report that will be available at the APS 2013. But some might enjoy the following … you may be aware I on occasion do installation work in planetariums and museums, just a hobby really. But looking back on 2012 I did 6 planetariums installs, don’t know where I found the time! Some photos below, click for higher resolution version.
I use to think the Sri Sathya Sai Space Theatre (bottom image above) was one of the more colourful/unique planetarium dome exteriors but it has now been easily surpassed by the following. Not small at 12m diameter.
The character is Bhagwan Parashuram, 2 stories tall, the 6th incarnation of Vishnu who appears when the planet is in great danger. “…is considered by religious scholars to relieve the earth’s burden by exterminating the sinful, destructive and irreligious monarchs that pillaged its resources, and neglect their duties as kings.”.