(Narrated by Liam Neeson)
This show explores the inner workings of Earth’s climate system. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes.
To Space and Back 2D/3D
(Narrated by James May)
Space exploration, our greatest adventure, is having a big impact on our lives. It’s helping us to discover a universe of unimaginable scale and beauty, and it’s reaching down into our world and influencing the way we live.
To Space & Back takes audiences on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. It is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day. What’s happening above is coming back down to Earth!
Discover how we’ve been changed by space exploration, and what we owe to curiosity and the spirit of discovery.
Two Small Pieces Of Glass
This show is a celebration of the International Year of Astronomy and the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first observations through the telescope.
While attending a local star party, two teenage students learn how the telescope has helped us understand our place in space and how telescopes continue to expand our understanding of the Universe. Their conversation with a local female astronomer enlightens them on the history of the telescope and the discoveries these wonderful tools have made. The students see how telescopes work and how the largest observatories in the world use these instruments to explore the mysteries of the universe.
The Mediasphere was a digital medial art exhibition/performance that showcases new forms of creative collaboration and exposition for the dome. A communal hallucination that blends original audio composition and computer generated visuals, this two day event explored the Planetarium as a new frontier of Expanded Cinema in the philosophy of Stan VanDerBeek, Buckminster Fuller and Gene Youngblood.
The show was Ziv Epstein Media Studies Senior Thesis and featured live music by Adam Revello (featuring Leo Selker and Liam Reese), new sounds from Nobide, with content from Sara Scheidemantle, Christopher Konopka, and many others...
From Earth to the Universe
The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience From Earth to the Universe v2.
Directed by the young Greek filmmaker Theofanis N. Matsopoulos, and featuring a sweeping soundtrack from Norwegian composer Johan B. Monell, viewers can revel in the splendor of the various worlds in the Solar System and the ferocity of the scorching Sun. From Earth to the Universe then leaves our home to take the audience out to the colourful birthplaces and burial grounds of stars, and still further out, beyond the Milky Way, to the unimaginable immensity of a myriad galaxies. Along the way, the audience will learn about the history of astronomy, the invention of the telescope, and today’s giant telescopes that allow us continue to probe ever deeper into the Universe.
Director Theofanis N. Matsopoulos described the film as “a colourful and inspiring journey… the visuals are stunning and really speak for themselves in showing just how far humanity’s ambition has taken us in terms of observing and understanding the Universe.”
Sunstruck is a planetarium show from the Michigan Science Center that allows you to travel back to the dawn of time and experience the birth of the sun.
Bella Gaia, or beautiful earth, takes the audience on a spectacular journey around planet Earth, simulating the transformative effects astronauts feel while orbiting above. This poetic musical journey features astounding NASA visualizations of science data and enveloping scenery from around the world, from ancient Egyptians tombs, Indian Rituals, cherry blossoms and Tokyo & New York City scenes. Bella Gaia explores the relationship between human civilization and our ecosystem through time and space, & illuminates humanity’s impact on nature in a way that taps audiences’ emotional intelligence.