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Force Five (warped)
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Force Five (warped)

FORCE FIVE is a planetarium show bringing to life the fury of hurricanes, tornadoes and space storms. http://www.eplanetarium.com/shows/ddome/rice/force_five/ Feel the Fury! Get ready to take cover when you see nature go FORCE FIVE, from our partners, Houston Museum of Natural Science and Rice University. Extreme weather takes center stage in this full dome animated show revealing images not seen by naked eye due to their life-threatening nature. Using real movies and NASA based images, Force Five offers the audience a vantage that would never be safe in the real world, creating a sense of what it would look and feel like if you were standing in the middle of a deadly storm. "Experience a storm without getting wet!" The show begins by stepping back in time to 1900, when the great hurricane swept through Galveston, killing over 6,000 men, women, and children in one night of terror. Homes collapsed under the incredible force of torrential winds, powerful rain and rising water, and animates how the surge may have looked. It then shows how NASA spacecraft and special aircraft measure hurricanes and predict their paths. We fly with a storm chaser aircraft through the heart of a hurricane. The 22-minute show then turns to the next FORCE FIVE killer, the tornado. These violent and unpredictable storms turn flying debris into lethal weapons. A fulldome animation then puts you into a realistic storm, with stormchasers using amateur radio to report the twister's position and save lives. The final journey of FORCE FIVE transports the audience to the surface of the sun, where the most powerful storms in the solar system occur. The violent force of these solar events equals the energy output of a million hydrogen bombs. A coronal mass ejection can create disturbances that can damage spacecraft, disrupt communications, and disable power grids here on Earth. Without the protection of Earth's magnetic field, these storms would destroy most life on the planet. NASA spacecraft monitor the Sun and the solar wind to help us understand and predict nature's next move. Music & Score by Shai Fishman - http://www.shaifishman.com/ Contact us to get licenses for showing in planetariums or museums. DVD versions also available. http://www.discoverydome.com/ [This is a crop of the warped version of the show for mirror system projection onto a planetarium dome.] .
Impact! (warped)
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Impact! (warped)

IMPACT! is a planetarium show that immerses you with meteors, meteorites, asteroids, and comets and dramatically demonstrates the potential destruction from a comet impact. http://www.eplanetarium.com/shows/ddome/rice/impact/ IMPACT! is a planetarium show that teaches about meteors, meteorites, asteroids, and comets. It includes results from recent NASA missions and about the dangers they can pose to life on Earth. It is created for fulldome theaters but is also available on DVD to be shown in flat version for TVs and computer monitors. It shows dramatically the effects of the Chicxulub and Tungusta events, plus the Pallasite impact that resulted in the Brenham meteorite fall, and describes ways that asteroid hunters seek new objects in the solar system, and how ground penetrating radar is used to find meteorites that have survived to the Earth's surface. Narrated by astronaut Tom Jones, it also discusses ways that humans might try to deflect an asteroid or comet that is on a collision course with Earth. Millions of asteroids and comets lurk among the planets -- left over bits and pieces from the solar system's formation four and a half billion years ago. Because of them, we live in a dangerous cosmic shooting gallery and impacts still shape the surfaces of the planets and moons. For instance, without warning on Feb. 15, 2013, an asteroid fragment struck Siberia and exploded over a populated area close to the Russian city of Chelyabinsk. Dozens of building- and car-mounted video cameras captured the meteor's descent and the shadows it cast, making it the most documented meteor event in history. There were no deaths, but about 1,500 injuries occurred, mostly cuts from glass that broke due to the force of the shock wave produced when the meteor broke up in the atmosphere. Sound waves from this explosion circled the Earth several times. Created for informal science venues (digital planetariums), it is also useful as ancillary material for middle school science. Created under NASA Cooperative Agreement NCC5-316 to Rice University in conjunction with the Houston Museum of Natural Science as part of the "Immersive Earth" project, part of the REASoN program. Music & Score by Shai Fishman - http://www.shaifishman.com/ Contact us to get licenses for showing in planetariums or museums. DVD versions also available. http://www.discoverydome.com/ [This is a crop of the warped version of the show for mirror system projection onto a planetarium dome.] .
Earth's Wild Ride (warped)
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Earth's Wild Ride (warped)

EARTH’S WILD RIDE is a fun planetarium show introducing thirteen topics in earth science, from the perspective of a grandfather and his grandchildren on a colony on the Moon. http://www.eplanetarium.com/shows/ddome/rice/earths_wild_ride/ Imagine Earth were a distant place you once called home but could never visit again. What would you remember most about the planet, and how would you describe it to your grandchildren? Set on the surface of the Moon in the year 2081, a grandfather and granddaughter watch a solar eclipse from scenic cliffs overlooking their moon colony. Conversation leads to contrasts between the moon, the only home the granddaughter knows, and the Earth, where the grandfather has spent most of his life. As they watch the Moon's shadow move across Earth, the grandfather tells stories of crashing asteroids, erupting volcanoes, roaring dinosaurs, electrifying lightning and booming thunder. Each experience begins with a telescope view of the dynamic Earth in stark contrast with the unchanging lunar landscape. EARTH'S WILD RIDE is like many tales shared by grandparents over the centuries, except "the old country" is really another planet, always visible from the moon base, but totally unlike the granddaughter's world. While learning about eclipses, the ice age, Earth's water cycle and differences between the Earth and Moon, the audience is taken on a roller-coaster-like ride through canyons of raging rivers and hot flowing lava. Adventure and appreciation for home fill this 20-minute journey back to the Earth. Produced in collaboration with Rice University, through NASA's Immersive Earth Project. Music & Score by Shai Fishman - http://www.shaifishman.com/ Contact us to get licenses for showing in planetariums or museums. DVD versions also available. http://www.discoverydome.com/ [This is a crop of the warped version of the show for mirror system projection onto a planetarium dome.] .
Dinosaur Prophecy (warped)
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Dinosaur Prophecy (warped)

DINOSAUR PROPHECY is a planetarium show highlighting four sites of dinosaur fossils, bringing them back to life and examining the envirornmental or cosmic causes of their death. http://www.eplanetarium.com/shows/ddome/rice/dinosaur_prophecy/ Long before dinosaurs' massive extinction 65 million years ago, many individual species simply disappeared.Visit dinosaur graveyards, study their bones, and reconstruct how these creatures lived and died to solve four famous cold cases from the age of the dinosaurs in DINOSAUR PROPHECY. "Today we are learning to cope with extreme weather, from Category Five hurricanes to devastating tsunamis," said Dr. Carolyn Sumners, director of the Houston Museum of Natural Science's Burke Baker Planetarium. "DINOSAUR PROPHECY examines the deaths of these dominant and ferocious creatures, which tell of the Earth's enormous power and potential for dramatic and devastating change. Each disaster that affected the dinosaurs is a warning for human survival." Never before have so many types of dinosaurs come to life in full-dome immersive reality. Viewers discover the lives of multiple species of dinosaurs, from the Coelophysis of 205 million years ago to the Allosaurus and Diplodocus of the mid-Jurassic period. Viewers will also see the feathered Sinornithosaurus of China and the T. rex and Triceratops that survived and thrived until the final extinction of all dinosaurs 65 million years ago. The planetarium show DINOSAUR PROPHECY is a co-production of the Rice Space Institute and the Houston Museum of Natural Science, funded by NASA's Office of Earth Science under the "Immersive Earth" project, NASA cooperative agreement NCC5-316. Other production partners include Home Run Pictures and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Music & Score by Shai Fishman - http://www.shaifishman.com/ Contact us to get licenses for showing in planetariums or museums. DVD versions also available. http://www.discoverydome.com/ [This is a crop of the warped version of the show for mirror system projection onto a planetarium dome.] .
Secrets Of The Dead Sea (warped)
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Secrets Of The Dead Sea (warped)

SECRETS OF THE DEAD SEA is a planetarium show about the dead sea region, its history and culture and the unique calendar of the Essenes. http://www.eplanetarium.com/shows/ddome/hmns/secrets_of_the_dead_sea/ SECRETS OF THE DEAD SEA is a full-dome documentary, filmed at the Dead Sea and from space with historical and astronomical animations. In this show, the Dead Sea comes alive through stories preserved in its cliffs and caves - and in the stars overhead. Ancient scrolls chronicle the passage of time by motions of the sun and moon, while rock and sand preserve a living record of a place as timeless as the star patterns above. SECRETS OF THE DEAD SEA tells the story of this timeless place through its history, religion, astronomy and geology. Long ago plates in the Earth's crust pulled apart and formed a rift valley stretching from Syria to Mozambique. The Dead Sea is the lowest point of this valley. In more recent times, when Judea fell to the Romans, we can imagine scribes and scholars rushing to hide their precious scrolls in the cliffs overlooking the Dead Sea's northern shore. Carefully they closed up the caves, hiding any evidence of the scholarly treasure within. Now this delicate ecosystem is threatened by irrigation projects that shrink the sea and lower the water table below. SECRETS OF THE DEAD SEA is dedicated to the courage of the Columbia Crew of STS 107, including Ilam Ramon, Israel's first astronaut. While orbiting above the Dead Sea in the Space Shuttle, Col. Ramon carried a Torah scroll, the book of Psalms. He saw hope and a vision for the future when he said, "The world looks marvelous from up here, so peaceful, so wonderful and so fragile." Music & Score by Shai Fishman - http://www.shaifishman.com/ Contact us to get licenses for showing in planetariums or museums. DVD versions also available. http://www.discoverydome.com/ [This is a crop of the warped version of the show for mirror system projection onto a planetarium dome.] .