Christa McAuliffe Center To Offer First-Ever Live, Virtual Planetarium Show
FRAMINGHAM – The Christa McAuliffe Center on the campus of Framingham State University is allowing individuals to experience the planetarium from home this Friday, April 10.
“We will host our first-ever live, virtual planetarium show,” announced the Center.
“We will re-create the planetarium experience in your home, with a live, guided tour of our night sky using our professional digital planetarium software. Our educators will be on hand to answer your questions live, and audience discussion and interaction is encouraged,” said the Center.
“Thanks to a generous offer from Spitz, Inc., we are able to provide attendees with a portal to view Solar Superstorms, a stunning full-dome film created originally for planetariums, now specially formatted to display in dazzling HD on your computer screen,” said the Center.
Live presentation: 30 minutes (including Q+A), all audiences
After the live planetarium presentation, attendees will be given a link to view Solar Superstorms. The link will be active indefinitely. Viewers may choose to watch the film immediately, or at their convenience.
Solar Superstorms: 25 minutes, general audiences (advanced)
Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, Solar Superstorms takes viewers into the tangle of magnetic fields and superhot plasma that vent the Sun’s rage in dramatic flares, violent solar tornadoes, and the largest eruptions in the Solar System: coronal mass ejections.
The show features one of the most intensive efforts ever made to visualize the Sun’s inner workings, including a series of groundbreaking scientific visualizations computed on the giant supercomputing initiative, Blue Waters, based at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois.
A co-production of Spitz Creative Media, NCSA’s Advanced Visualization Lab, and Thomas Lucas Productions, in association with Fiske Planetarium at the University of Colorado (Boulder).