Following the display of a Titan II ICBM missile and an exhibition about the FORMOSAT satellites, last Tuesday the National Space Organization (NSPO) donated Dagik Earth, a 3D presentation system of the earth for global geoscience data, to the Tropic of Cancer Solar Exploration Center in Chiayi County’s Shueishang Township. The system projects data images onto a spherical screen such as a white balloon, simulating real-life images in a way that actually feels like you are in space looking at the planets and planetary changes. The system is also highly portable. All you need is the Dagik Earth computer software, a projector, and a white spherical screen.
Major planning and construction for the Solar Exploration Center began during former Chiayi County Commissioner Chen Ming-wen’s term as county commissioner around a decade ago. Since then it has become the main institution for space education in the Chiayi and Yunlin areas. On average around 200,000 people visit the center every year.
The NSPO’s Deputy Director-General Yu Shiann-jeng was present at the event during which his agency donated the system to the center last Tuesday, and there to officially receive it was deputy county commissioner Lin Mei-chu. The achievements of agencies and personnel working in science education were also lauded during the event.
The individual who acquired Dagik Earth from Kyoto University, where it was developed, NSPO chief scientist Liu Jann-yeng, says that the most valuable part of the system is its software, the rights for which Taiwan has obtained for educational purposes. The system collects planetary images, transformations and climate data from satellites and then simulates real-life 3D images in real time, making it a four-dimensional system. When connected with the Central Weather Bureau’s Web site, the system allows real-time observations of landslides and rainfall, for example.
1. geoscience n.
地球科學 (di4 qiu2 ke1 xue2)
例: She’s a professor in the university’s Department of Geosciences.
2. spherical adj.
球形的 (qiu2 xing2 de5)
例: The earth is not perfectly spherical.
3. projector n.
投影機 (tou2 ying3 ji1)
例: The slide projector was a common form of family entertainment from the 1950s to the 1970s.
Chen Shu-juan, head of the center, says that since the center is currently in need of more space, they obtained around three hectares of state-owned land to the southeast of the center, where they plan to open a second location — the “Southern Solar Astronomy Education Center.” Since the second location will be on the opposite side of the north-south railway line, they are also working to reopen the Tropic of Cancer Station. The center expects to get subsidies from the Ministry of Education to cover the estimated cost of NT$60 million needed to build the new location, she says.
(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)