Forget everything you knew of a planetarium. Now in addition to the spectacular star field of our Zeiss Model VIa planetarium instrument, America's Bicentennial gift from the people of West Germany, the Einstein Planetarium has been upgraded to include a first-of-its-kind, Sky Vision dual digital projection system and six-channel digital surround sound. For the first time, you'll feel the sensation of zooming through the cosmos, enveloped in color saturated moving images and spine-tingling sound. SkyVision, a newly installed state-of-the-art, ultra-hi-definition All-Dome video system, adds to the powerful capabilities of the Einstein Planetarium's original Zeiss VI-A projector. Voyage through the solar system, past the Milky Way, to the very edge of the known universe and back, powered by all-new digital dome technology. It's a journey both thrilling and thought provoking. Using the latest data from space, including incredible images from the Hubble Space Telescope and Mars Global Surveyor, you'll explore questions humans have asked for generations.
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city was built from scratch, Washington's
regular town plan is easy to grasp. Centered
on Capitol Hill and its governmental
monoliths, the District is divided into four
quadrants - northeast, northwest, southeast
and southwest. Dozens of broad avenues , all
named after states, run diagonally across a
standard grid of streets , meeting up at
monumental traffic circles like Dupont
Circle. North-south streets are numbered,
east-west ones are lettered. There's no J
Street, an intentional slight to early
Supreme Court Justice John Jay, or X, Y or Z
Street. I Street is often written Eye
Street. Be sure to note the relevant
two-letter code in any address (NW, NE, SW,
SE), which shows its quadrant; 1600
Pennsylvania Ave NW is a long way from 1600
Pennsylvania Ave SE.
Once in the
city, stop at the
DC Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center ,
Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania
Ave NW (Mon-Sat 8am-6pm, Sun noon-5pm; tel
202/328-4748), which can help with maps,
tours, bookings and citywide information.
Look for visitor information desks at the
airports and Union Station.
The White House Visitor Information Center
, 1450 Pennsylvania Ave NW (daily
7.30am-4pm; tel 202/208-1631), supplies free
maps and handy guides to museums and
attractions; the most useful is the free
Washington DC Visitors Guide .