DMNS Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity
- Posted for Mike Bruno:
To all of those who attended Dan Neafus's talk at IPS 2006 on the
making of the new fulldome show "Black Holes: the Other Side of
Infinity" or caught the screening of the show during the Planetarium
Showcase (and to those were not able to attend IPS this year), I
wanted to let you know that we now have a demo DVD available to
anyone interested in licensing the show. The DVD contains the full
show, trailer, interviews with scientists, "the making of" and more.
If you'd like a copy, please reply off-list to mbruno@...,
or call me at 610-459-5200 x 173.
The DMNS team worked closely with director Thomas Lucas, leading
visualization scientists and the National Center for Supercomputing
Applications (same folks who did the amazing cosmic zoom sequence in
the Imax film "Cosmic Voyage" and a large part of the first two AMNH
shows) to bring to the dome screen the latest research on black
holes. All visualizations are based on *real science* that informs
the entire program. Produced with grants from NASA's high-energy
GLAST telescope project and funding from the National Science
Foundation, the show has been thoroughly peer-reviewed and audience-
tested through various focus groups. Summative evaluations were
recently completed in Denver and are available on request.
The Gates Planetarium at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
featured the world premiere of "Black Holes" in March, sold out every
seat and has since had to add shows to accommodate demand. Many in
attendance (more than 100,000 visitors have seen the show in the
first six months!) described it as "the best planetarium show ever".
Since its April 2006 release, we have licensed "Black Holes" to
digital planetaria large and small, including the Eugenides
Foundation in Athens; LASM in Baton Rouge; OMSI in Portland;
Dolphinarium and Planetarium in Tampere, Finland; State Museum of
Harrisburg; Chabot Science Center in Oakland, and others. "Black
Holes" is compatible with all fulldome systems.
An added bonus -- Lynn Cominsky's group at Sonoma State (NASA's
educational public outreach arm for the Swift and GLAST satellites)
is also offering teacher workshops on black holes at no cost to a
limited number of American venues that license the show.
Additional details about the "Black Holes" show and a trailer are
(also see Educator's Guides here); reviews and some interesting
articles can be found at
A final note: "Black Holes" director Lucas is putting the finishing
touches on a companion NOVA documentary titled "Monster of the Milky
Way," also funded by the NSF, that will air on PBS in October.
Creative Media Director
700 Brandywine Drive
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
tel: 610.459.5200 x173