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Reaching the Stars

Takayuki Ohira | TEDxTokyo 2013

“You can prove possible, but you can’t prove impossible” is Takayuki Ohira’s favorite saying. As a child, Takayuki built his own planetarium, and later at Nihon University created another called Astroliner that utilized a lens projector—a feat considered beyond the capabilities of amateur planetarium builders.

In 1998, he surprised the world by inventing MEGASTAR, a planetarium capable of displaying 1.7 million stars. In 2004, his MEGASTAR-Ⅱ-Cosmos—made in cooperation with The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation and projecting 5.6 million stars—entered the Guinness World Records. In 2011, Takayuki devised and built a 360-degree full-sphere planetarium installation in Estonia. Later, he invented and installed MEGASTAR Fusion, a new concept in planetariums, at Kawasaki Municipal Science Museum. Takayuki continues to stretch humanity’s perception of the cosmos and help us discover skies we have never seen before.