If You Visit the Big Apple...
- ...Come see our new planetarium show!
From our web site (http://www.amnh.org/rose/):
"Does life exist anywhere else in the universe? Ancient
mythologies and contemporary science fiction have
presented imaginative possibilities, but how does modern
science approach this question?
"'The Search for Life: Are We Alone?' at the Rose Center
for Earth and Space begins to answer this intriguing
question in a breathtaking new Space Show narrated
by Academy Award-nominated actor Harrison Ford."
You can also read the New York Times review, which
appeared yesterday, at:
Although every single visual went through various artistic
and aethestic filters, the resulting material presents real
science in a fulldome medium in a manner that no one else
is attempting, so far as I know. The images of Mars's
surface come directly from the Pathfinder stereoscopic
imagery (rendered in three dimensions). The sequences
depicting stellar birth and planetary accretion utilize data
from half a dozen researchers integrated into a single
virtual space! (On the New York Times web page, you'll
see an image of the "Hayden Nebula," as we nicknamed
it: a virtual star-forming region that exists only after more
than 100,000 hours of supercomputing time invested in
its construction and rendering.) And just like the original
space show (with Tom Hanks narrating), observational
data fixes all the star positions and galaxy positions.
Forgive me if I prattle on. As some of you may know, this
show is the main thing that brought me to the Rose Center,
and I'm delighted to see the hard labors of more than a year
come to fruition.
So if you come to New York, I hope you can take time
to see the show!
Ryan Wyatt, Science Visualizer
Rose Center for Earth & Space
American Museum of Natural History
79th Street & Central Park West
New York, NY 10024