Below are the shows featured in the Astronomy 1 showcase.
Asteroid: MIssion Extreme takes audiences on an epic journey to discover how asteroids are both a danger and and opportunity. The danger lies in the possibility of a cataclysmic collision with Earth; the opportunity is the facinating idea that asteroids could be stepping stones to otyehr worlds - veritable way stations in space - enabling us to cross the Solar System. Explore what it would take for astronauts to reach and asteroid and how such an adventure could benefit humankind. (runtime 25 minutes)
Astronomers today are exploring the universe on a grand scale. But knowing what’s out there, is just the first step. Putting the pieces together to unlock the mysteries of the universe is the ultimate goal. Narrated by Academy Award winning actor Geoffrey Rush, discover the new astronomy being carried out under the breathtaking skies of the Australian outback. What will be learnt about our place amongst the stars? This new Planetarium show highlights current research being carried out by astronomers within Australia. New and innovative telescopes, such as SkyMapper in NSW and the Murchison Widefield Array in WA, have been designed to survey large sections of the sky. They are finding things we've never seen before and will help us to better understand our Universe.
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. Audiences will witness a fury building on the surface of the Sun – high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave that reaches 100,000 kilometers 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. (runtime 25 minutes)
The long-awaited journey to the horizon of the Universe starts in the winter of 2016. Humanity has long scanned the horizon for the understanding of unknown worlds. Science brought analysis and at least partial understanding, but we continue to pursue the horizon. We will approach the horizon through the voices of people who have been chasing the stars through the Ptolemaic theory, the Copernican theory, steady state cosmology, to the big bang theory. (runtime 41 minutes)