Humans are the most advanced form of life on the small blue planet of our Solar System, called Earth. Their complex brain always poses questions and is eagerly searching for answers. They achieved to explore Earth and then turned to the Universe. Then, Earth seemed to them small and the desire to conquer other planets was born.
The fulldome documentary “Stepping on other planets” describes, in a simple and understandable way-along with stunning visuals and live-action videos, the other planets and the human efforts for the exploration and conquest of the closest to Earth heavenly bodies as the Moon and planet Mars.
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.
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 splendour 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 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 to continue to probe ever deeper into the Universe. It is no coincidence that the show aired in more than ten FullDome festivals, viewed in more than 700 planetariums worldwide and translated into 24 languages.
Uniting an intriguing plot about an endangered reef together with lovable and quirky characters, as well as an environmental cause, KALUOKA´HINA - The Enchanted Reef is an instructive adventure, packed with humor, sprinkled with conservationism, as well as educational flavor: a treat for the entire family.
The vastness of our planet's oceans holds unimaginable secrets. One of its most precious is Kaluoka'hina, the enchanted reef, whose magic protects it from being discovered by humans. Kaluoka'hina's colorful inhabitants have thus always lived in peace... until the volcano erupts and the spell is broken. Now it's up to the young sawfish Jake and his paranoid pal Shorty to restore the magic of Kaluoka'hina. Their only lead: the ancient legend that tells of touching the moon. But how is a fish supposed to touch the moon? This is just one of the intriguing puzzles that Jake and Shorty have to solve on their most exciting adventure ever: the quest to save their beloved reef.
Phantom of the Universe is a new planetarium show that showcases an exciting exploration of dark matter, from the Big Bang to its anticipated discovery at the Large Hadron Collider. The show is offered to planetariums worldwide free of charge.
The show reveals the first hints of its existence through the eyes of Fritz Zwicky, the scientist who coined the term "dark matter." It describes the astral choreography witnessed by Vera Rubin in the Andromeda galaxy and then plummets deep underground to see the most sensitive dark matter detector on Earth, housed in a former gold mine.
From there, it journeys across space and time to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, speeding alongside particles before they collide in visually stunning explosions of light and sound, while learning how scientists around the world are collaborating to track down the constituents of dark matter.
Ride a photon across the galaxy to your mind's eye and experience how we see. “SEEING!” follows a photon’s creation and journey across the galaxy to a young stargazer’s eye. The viewer follows the photon into the girl’s eye, learning the structures of the eye and their functions, prior to taking a ride on the optic nerve.
Seeing uses hemispheric 2D and 3D animations and video to teach how human vision works. Imagery from all over the world including humanity, landscapes, skyscapes, wildlife and of space will be the backdrop for photo-realistic animations, which will be used to create a story of a photons’ journey through the eye and its conversion to an electro-chemical impulse that then travels the neuro pathways of the brain to the various centers that create the image the brain sees.
New technology is changing the way that scientists view the brain. At a microscopic level, researchers can visualize sparks of electrical activity in individual neurons and resolve motifs of neural connectivity that ultimately support consciousness, emotions, and complex thought. At a macroscopic level, researchers use clinical imaging technologies to identify, more precisely than ever before, brain regions that underlie this broad repertoire of higher cognitive processes.
But the public rarely gets to see any of that!
In the NEURODOME project, we are bringing this new knowledge and imagery to the public in dome format. Complex 3D biological structures are hard to learn by looking at flat pictures in textbooks. So we’re taking advantage of another way people learn about places and complex objects – by touring through the 3D images themselves.
Telescopes are high technology scientific instruments which collect light from distant celestial objects. With these noble instruments humans managed to dive into the deep space and collect valuable scientific information about the formation, life and death of planets, stars and galaxies. All this knowledge helps us to understand how nature works in the large scale and determines our place in the magnificent Cosmos.
In this 30 min fulldome documentary, the Greek director Theofanis Matsopoulos, describes in a simple and understandable way, how telescopes work, their historical evolution and also travels the audience to some of the most important observatories in the world. The immersive experience of the documentary is breathtaking , due to the extensive use of real 4k fulldome video footage of the observatories and telescopes.
After almost 20 years in space, Cassini spacecraft begins the final chapter of its remarkable story of exploration. Follow the fascinating Journey of Cassini through this 20 min planetarium documentary. Learn about Saturn’s environment and discover the unique satellites of Saturn.
Between April and September 2017, Cassini undertook a daring set of orbits that was, in many ways, like a whole new mission. Following a final close flyby of Saturn's moon Titan, Cassini leaped over the planet's icy rings and begun a series of dives between the planet and the rings. No other mission had ever explored this unique region. What we have learned from these final orbits will help to improve our understanding of how giant planets – and planetary systems everywhere – form and evolve. Then it entered into the Saturn's thick atmosphere where it was disintegrated.
The images we see with our eyes do not reveal the whole reality. The light contains radiations invisible to us which are observed with special scientific instruments and telescopes. The show takes us in a journey through the most violent phenomena of the universe (neutron stars supernovas, black holes, active galaxies etc.) as they are observed with orbital telescopes specifically designed to record in X-rays and Gamma radiation.
The planetarium documentary “The Hot and Energetic Universe” presents with the use of Immersive Visualisations and real images the achievements of the modern astronomy, the most advanced terrestrial and orbital observatories, the basic principles electromagnetic radiation and the natural phenomena related to the High Energy Astrophysics.
Mars is a cold desert world. It is half the diameter of Earth and has the same amount of dry land. Like Earth, Mars has seasons, polar ice caps, volcanoes, canyons and weather, but its atmosphere is too thin for liquid water to exist for long on the surface. There are signs of ancient floods on Mars, but evidence for water now exists mainly in icy soil and thin clouds. Follow the exploration of Planet Mars through the immersive planetarium experience.
The show opens with the first era of space exploration in the late 1960s and early 1970s. We see what that era of landers and orbiters taught us about our nearest neighbor including the discovery of the Moon’s origin, composition, structure and the accessibility of raw materials on its surface. The Google Lunar XPRIZE is designed to democratize space and create new opportunities for eventual human and robotic presence on the Moon. We see the engineering and innovation steps taken by the internationally distributed teams competing to land a spacecraft on the Moon and vie for additional prizes. We highlight the human spirit of competition and collaboration as teams take on this audacious challenge. Who will win the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE? The audience is taken through a successful launch, landing and lunar surface travel. The show ends with a stunning glimpse of a plausible scenario for our future on the Moon.
The "An Immortal telescope" planetarium show is dedicated to the story of the once largest refracting telescope in the world. Made by Cooke & Sons in 1869, the famous Newall telescope had many ups and downs in its life. It was first housed in Newall's residence at Gateshead, afterwards it was donated to Cambridge University and now it is still alive and active at Athens Observatory 150 years after its birth. The show also refers to the value of the old astronomical instruments and travels the audience through the fascinating history of the Newall telescope, from its construction up to now with the use of immersive visualizations and live action footage.
"Two Small Pieces of Glass - The Amazing Telescope" show follows two students as they interact with a female astronomer at a local star party. Along the way, the students learn the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a child’s spyglass — using two small pieces of glass — to the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. Aiming to engage and appeal to audiences of all ages, the show explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years.