THE GLOBE THEATER

One of the most exciting components of our "Museums Teaching Planet Earth" project is our "Globe Theatre" digital immersive theater productions. Funded with seed money from NASA and major matching funds from the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS), we are creating full-dome digital productions using "SkyVision" projection technology from Sky-Skan of Nashua, NH.

Our newest project, "Immersive Earth", funded by NASA under the REASoN program, takes the program into the field, developing not only three more shows for the big museum planetariums, but also creating a simple portable system that is easy enough for a teacher to set up and run, and light enough for a single person to check as airline luggage. With our simple "MediaSHOW" interface, our new "e-planetarium" brings fulldome immersive theater directly to the schools, either as a system rental (now operating from 6 cities) or as a system purchase. See our website at e-planetarium.com for more details. The Burke Baker Planetarium at HMNS was the first immersive theater to open in the U.S>, and is still the leader in innovative shows. Our partner, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, has the highest-resolution (5 projector) panorama "Earth Theater".

From a review of the Carnegie Museum in Discover magazine...

Among the new attractions, there is one unalloyed success. The Earth Theater, featuring a digital wide-screen projection system (one of just two in the nation), runs a superb 22-minute program called The Millennium Show. Stirring computer animation mingles with drawings, astronomical images, and nature footage to tell the story of our planet's evolution in a succinct and original way. --- DISCOVER, Vol. 21, No 6, June 2000
The technology uses multiple overlapping computer-driven projectors to achieve panorama (3 projector), full-view (4 projector) or full-dome (6 projector) productions. Each production uses 12 MB of data each 1/30th of a second, or 30 Gigabytes per minute!

The first production, "Cosmic Mysteries", opened December 1998. "Destination: Moon" opened July 1999, and "Powers of Time" opened January 2000. Other productions included "Force 5"; "NIght of the Titanic", "Secrets of the Dead Sea"**; "Saturn, the Ring World"**; "Future Moon"**; and our newest, "Earth's Wild Ride"**. Preview "Earth's Wild Ride" by downloading the script, the score, and a small version to watch! (but of course it is distorted to show on a dome! (** means available now in our portable systems!). "Fantasy Worlds"** opened in summer 2005: extremeophiles on Earth and possible extrasolar planets that could harbor life, and HMNS in conjunction with E&S created "Microcosm": using nanotechnology to fight disease in an amazing journey through a human body. Coming in March 2006: "The Dinosaur Prophecies"... what really killed off these amazing beasts, not once but four separate times?
For tickets and showtimes, contact the Houston Museum of Natural Science at (713) 639-4600. For portable planetarium sales and rentals, contact e-planetarium.com
 


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The "Public Connection": is an outreach arm of the Rice Space Institute at Rice University in collaboration with the Houston Museum of Natural Science [ Project Director: Patricia Reiff ].
This project is funded by NASA as part of the Earth Science Information Partners.
The project was originally part of NASA/Goddard's Digital Library Technology Project, and now is part of the Learning Technologies Program.

ACCESSED BY connect@space.rice.edu UPDATED: 01-19-07