Seasonal Skies

Sky Tonight Winter 2015

December 23rd, 2014 – March 19th, 2015

Take a journey through the winter night time sky as seen by comet hunter Charles Messier. On his search for comets, Messier cataloged over one hundred nebulae, galaxies, and star clusters, many of which are found among the winter stars. Review the winter constellations, find the visible planets, and learn about how astronomers have studied comets over the centuries.

Running before Supervolcanoes, The Moon, From the Blue Planet to the Red Planet, and Hitchhikers Tour Through the Universe.

 

Relentless Night

June 21 – September 20, 2014

Relentless Night is a fulldome short film that immerses the viewer atop the extinct volcano of Maunakea in the Central Pacific, amongst the biggest collection of telescopes ever built. Derived from the series, Awesome Light, the footage was shot over 4 years in stereo fisheye. The film provides unique views of the remarkable summit landscape at over 4,000 metres and the nightly ballet of these magnifi cent machines that search for secrets in the stars. Set to the haunting beauty of the Eliza Aria re-tuned to a powerful dubstep mix, Relentless Night pays homage to this tour de force of scientific discovery.

Running before Dark Universe.

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Starry skies are a vanishing treasure because light pollution is washing away our view of the cosmos. It not only threatens astronomy, it disrupts wildlife, and affects human health. The yellow glows over cities and towns — seen so clearly from space — are testament to the billions spent in wasted energy from lighting up the sky. Losing the Dark is a “public service announcement” planetarium show, a collaboration of Loch Ness Productions and the International Dark-Sky Association. It introduces and illustrates some of the issues regarding light pollution, and suggests three simple actions people can take to help mitigate it.

Running before Dark Universe.

 

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