2016 Nature Showcase

Our natural world is most impressive when seen in person and up close.  Fiske's immersive 8K digital projection system is arguably the second best way to experience nature.

Climate Change "What Future are we Facing"

Climate Change What Future are we Facing still image from film.

Earth is the only world in the solar system where we know life exists. Countless species of plants and animals live on its surface and in its oceans. However, Earth is changing. The atmosphere is losing its ability to regulate the comfortable temperatures that help life thrive. Earth is warming up and the signs are obvious. The glaciers of Greenland and the Arctic are melting away. Deserts are growing. The oceans are becoming more acidic. If the warming trend continues, the ice packs in Greenland and Antarctica will disappear in just a few decades. Sea levels will rise. Cities and coastlines will be flooded. Rising temperature will cause more intense storms. Prolonged droughts will expand Earth's deserts. Whole populations of plants, animals and humans could be wiped out. Are these changes due to Earth's natural cycles or are humans affecting our climate? Are we on a path of no return? In this documentary, we’re using the latest science to share the story of climate change. Explore it´s causes, see its effects, and find out if humans can adapt to the climate change we have caused, or work together to reduce it. (runtime 26 minutes)

Habitat Earth

Habitat Earth

Plunge below the ocean’s surface to explore the dynamic relationships found in deep ocean ecosystems; dig beneath the forest floor to see how Earth’s tallest trees rely on tiny fungi to survive; and soar to new heights to witness the intricate intersection between human and ecological networks.  Narrated by Frances McDormand, our latest original planetarium show features stunning visualizations of both biological and human-built networks (and of how they intersect), taking show-goers on an incredible, immersive journey through the interconnectedness of life on Earth. (runtime 25 minutes)

Kagaya's Aurora

Kagaya's Aurora still image from film.

Curtain waves, light swirls, and then breaks up. Different aurora captured by time-lapse is recreated in dome.  Using Computer Graphics, explain mechanism of how aurora is generated.  Glacier shot from high level, image of arctic and row of mountains.  This is a production that lets you fully enjoy the attractiveness of aurora along with the nature of Iceland and Alaska. (runtime 26 minutes)

A World Underwater

A World Underwater still image from film.

This fulldome piece strings together some of the best underwater immersive video captured during a January 2016 expedition to Belize. Footage by award-winning underwater photographer Keith Ellenbogen and MIT theoretical physicist Allan Adams. Post-production by Jason Fletcher from the Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science in Boston. (runtime 3 minutes)