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Fulldome Fridays

Are you a faculty member interested in showing one of our fulldome movies to your class but would like to view it yourself first? Are you curious what our planetarium can do for your group, event, or class? Or are you someone just interested in learning more about science through one of our entertaining and educational fulldome shows? If you answered “yes” to any one of these questions, our Fulldome Friday Series is for you!

Shows will generally begin with a very brief orientation to the night sky and objects currently visible from HPU that time of year using our Starry Night software. Then we will screen one of our short (20-30 min) fulldome movies from our library.  The entire experience will last approximately 45 min. Due to safety concerns associated with our low lighting conditions, we discourage people from entering or exiting the planetarium once the show has started, so please arrive on time.

At this time, Fulldome Friday shows are only open to HPU faculty, staff, and students. Due to a limited seating capacity, reservations are required and can be made using the button links below. We look forward to seeing you under the dome!


Fulldome Friday Continues Remotely!


We’re excited to bring you flatscreen versions of some of our popular fulldome documentaries, so you can watch from home! Each Friday, we’ll release a new fulldome movie. They will be accessible through links we add below, on each movie’s release date. We hope you enjoy these with friends and family!

Jun 12, 2020 Release

To Space and Back

Length: 23 minutes

To Space and Back takes audiences on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. It is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day. What’s happening above is coming back down to Earth!Discover how we’ve been changed by space exploration, and what we owe to curiosity and the spirit of discovery.

CLICK HERE TO STREAM THIS MOVIE!

 


May 15, 2020 Release

Supervolcanoes

Length: 24 minutes

Supervolcanoes is an immersive planetarium show that looks back at rare classes of eruptions that have marshaled the energy that lurks, like a sleeping dragon, beneath the surface of planet Earth. The program moves beyond Earth to explore the impact of giant volcanic eruptions around our solar system. Audiences will fly down to Neptune’s frigid moon Triton, and onto the ultimate volcanic world: Jupiter’s moon Io. On a visit to a legendary North American hot spot, Yellowstone National Park, the film asks: can a supervolcano erupt in our time?

CLICK HERE TO STREAM THIS MOVIE!

 


May 8, 2020 Release

Zula Patrol: Down to Earth

Length: 24 minutes

While on a routine fossil-hunting expedition, the Zula Patrol turns up evidence that the villainous Deliria Delight has been travelling back in time to Earth’s prehistoric past to illegally dump her company’s toxic trash. The Zula Patrollers must find and catch her, before her actions cause catastrophic consequences. In the process, our heroes learn all about the formation and development of Earth, and the life forms who call it home.

CLICK HERE TO STREAM THIS MOVIE!

 

 


May 1, 2020 Release

Birth of Planet Earth

Length: 25 minutes

Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to a billion planets roughly the size of our own. The film employs advanced, data-driven, cinematic-quality visualizations to explore some of the greatest questions in science today: How did Earth become a living planet in the wake of our solar system’s violent birth? What does its history tell us about our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like?

CLICK HERE TO STREAM THIS MOVIE!

 

 


April 24, 2020 Release

Dinosaurs at Dusk

Length: 45 minutes

A learning adventure of a father and his teenage daughter Lucy, who share a fascination for all things that fly. You’ll travel back in time to meet the pterosaurs and the ancestors of modern-day birds: the feathered dinosaurs. Lucy and her father navigate from continent to continent, looking for clues about the origins of flight. When time runs out they experience first-hand the cataclysmic “last day” of the dinosaurs. Science content includes topics such as continental drift, proper motion of stars, asteroids and impacts, extinctions and the convergent development of flight among species.

CLICK HERE TO STREAM THIS MOVIE!

 


April 17, 2020 Release

Solar Superstorms

Length: 24 minutes

A fury is building on the surface of the Sun: high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave 100,000 km high, rising loops of electrified gas. What’s driving these strange phenomena? How will they affect planet Earth? Find the answers as we venture into the seething interior of our star. Solar Superstorms is a major new production that 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. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch

CLICK HERE TO STREAM THIS MOVIE!

 


April 10, 2020 Release

Zula Patrol: Under the Weather

Length: 23 minutes

The story: the stalwart heroes of the Zula Patrol are on an expedition collecting samples of weather for scientist Multo’s research. When the Zula gang inadvertently hurts their loyal pet Gorga’s feelings, he decides to leave Zula and find another planet to live on. Villain Dark Truder then tricks Gorga into helping with his latest nefarious scheme to rule the Universe. The Zula Patrollers find out and go after him – in the process learning all about weather, both terrestrial and interplanetary.

CLICK HERE TO STREAM THIS MOVIE!

 

 


April 3, 2020 Release

Faster than Light: the Dream of Interstellar Travel

Length: 25 minutes

This fulldome movie will dazzle audiences with virtual rides aboard spacecraft of the future. They are based on whole new technologies designed to achieve ultra-high speeds, using exotic next generation rocket fuels and breakthrough concepts in physics. How far can our technology take us? Narrated by Sean Bean.

CLICK HERE TO STREAM THIS MOVIE!

 

 

 


Thanks to Spitz, Inc. for making flat-screen versions of some of our planetarium shows available for us to share with you during the COVID-19 outbreak. Check back soon for access!

 

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