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Fulldome Feature Presentation: Solar Superstorms

Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch

Fulldome Feature Presentation: Cosmic Origins Spectrograph

Created by Fiske Planetarium

Fulldome Feature Presentation: Back to the Moon, FOR GOOD

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 introduced as the largest incentivized competition to date, 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.

Combined with an introduction to whats in our evening sky one of OSU's astronomers will lead a discussion about space exploration after the feature program.

Fulldome Feature Presentation: Chasing the Ghost Particle

Deep in the ice at the heart of Antarctica, IceCube, the biggest and strangest detector in the world waits for mysterious messengers from the cosmos. Scientists are using tiny and elusive particles called neutrinos to explore the most extreme places in the universe. These ghostly neutrinos give us an exclusive way to study powerful cosmic engines like exploding stars and black holes.

In this 30-minute show, stunning simulations of the most energetic places in our universe, and the galaxies around us, are the prelude to a thrilling journey inside IceCube, looking for traces of neutrino collisions in the ice. From one of the most remote locations on Earth to the unexplored regions of the cosmos, Chasing the Ghost Particle: From the South Pole to the Edge of the Universe will take you on a journey you won’t forget.

Combined with an introduction to whats in our evening sky one of OSU's astronomers will lead a discussion about neutrinos and what we can learn from them after the feature program.

Fulldome Feature Presentation: Two Small Pieces of Glass


Two Small Pieces of Glass is a fulldome movie feature following two teenagers as they attend a local star party. They talk with a local astonomer about the history of telescopes, the fascinating things that telescopes have revealed to us about the universe, and discuss how telescopes work and how they are created. The material is presented at a level appropriate for children, but the content and information in the movie are also of interest to adults, so this movie is recommended for a general audience.

Two Small Pieces of Glass is 22 minutes long, and will be followed by 15 minutes of Q&A with an OSU Astronomer.

Two Small Pieces of Glass (25min)

Fulldome Feature Presentation: Oasis in Space

Oasis in Space is a fulldome movie feature created by Spitz Inc. During this movie, the audience is taken on a voyage across the observable universe, through galaxies, stellar neighborhoods, and to other planets in search of liquid water. As with our live show, this show is at a level appropriate for general audiences, but the information may go over the heads of very young children.

Oasis in Space is 24 minutes long, and will be followed by 15 minutes of Q&A with an OSU Astronomer.

Oasis in Space (Trailer)

There is more information about the show available on SpitzInc.