Paper Session #3

Paper Session #3

  • Planetarium Mash-Up for Adult Swim event 2/25/13 · Deb Lawson, Children’s Museum of Indianapolis SpaceQuest Planetarium, Indianapolis, IN
    Abstract: In Feb. 2013, SpaceQuest planetarium was invited to participate in a first-ever “Adult Swim” at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. This was an after-hours event geared to young adults – and NO kids! Social media was a huge part of this event and its success. To coordinate with the super-fun theme, an original 13-minute show was created called Planetarium Mash Up. Digistar 4 and DUG short clips, an original soundtrack and an original live script were combined. The content was part astronomy/science, part crazy fun visuals. It was such a hit that 2 extra shows were added when the 6 scheduled shows sold out early! Total show attendance for the evening was 708!! It was such a huge success for the museum that plans began for Adult Swim 2014 two weeks later. The concept is very translatable. Taking an unusual, unexpected idea and developing it could be modulated to other fund-raising museum, school or community events or other income or charity-driven needs. It would even be possible for a classical planetarium to participate, using still, all-sky and pan slides for the show visuals.
  • Sentinel: Spotting Asteroids Before They Find Us! · Daniel Tell, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA
    Abstract: Last year, Morrison Planetarium collaborated with the non-profit B612 Foundation, chaired by former astronaut Ed Lu, to produce a short full-dome segment announcing the foundation’s proposed Sentinel spacecraft. Sentinel is a privately-funded space telescope mission that aims to map over 90% of the hundreds of thousands of unknown Earth-crossing asteroids larger than 140 meters and many of the asteroids larger than 30 meters, giving us the knowledge we need to prevent the next Tunguska or K-T event. Following the Chelyabinsk impact in February, asteroid threats to Earth have been a hot topic again, so learn about how data were used to create this presentation, how B612 plans to find these asteroids, and how you can share it in your own planetarium for free.
  • Real-time Everywhere · Daniel Tell, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA
    Abstract: Although Morrison Planetarium has established itself as a producer of spectacular pre-rendered shows, such as Life a Cosmic Story and Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet, the planetarium and other immersive venues throughout the California Academy of Sciences also make heavy use of real-time content. With the current capabilities of real-time planetarium software, this allows for the rapid development of high-quality, innovative, topical shows; the ability to include more members of the planetarium staff with a wide range of abilities in the production process; and the opportunity to collaborate with Academy researchers and external experts to deliver a wide variety of engaging content. See the range of science we present, learn how these shows are used as training opportunities for staff, allowing staff to engage more directly with visitors and collaborators, and find out just how much (and how little) work it can take to get these programs assembled.