Full Dome

Film titles available for full dome theaters and planetariums.

Film
Release Year
Runtime(s)
Synopsis
Passport to the Universe
2010
19

What is our place in the cosmos?  In the American Museum of Natural History’s iconic space show Passport to the Universe, this question is answered as visitors travel through the observable universe to explore our “cosmic address.”  In an unforgettable experience, cutting-edge science creates images of unprecedented realism and accuracy as viewers begin to understand the true enormity of the cosmos.  A captivating explanation of fundamental cosmology, Passport to the Universe is an “evergreen” presentation—always relevant, always educationally important, always illuminating.

Pato’s Park
2017
15

Pato’s Park.  The Seasons.  Northern hemisphere.  Initiation of learning seasons, coordinates, and constellations, along with other celestial and atmospheric phenomena.

Planets: A Journey through the Solar System
31

The show is a discovery of fascinating landscapes that compose the Solar System.  You will fly over the landforms of Mars or Jupiter’s clouds, dive inside the rings of Saturn and experience the tumultuous era of planet formation.  But watch out not to crash into an asteroid!

Through real images acquired by space probes and stunning CGI, the show gives a modern view of the Solar System presented in the dynamic context of its evolution.

A fulldome show for planetariums and digital fulldome theatres.

Pluto: Chronicles of an Ex-Planet
2015
29

Until now, astronomers have only been able to hypothesize about what Pluto looks like.  A team from the Montreal Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium went to Arizona last spring to visit the legendary Lowell Observatory and film some 360° immersive images of the historic telescope that discovered Pluto in 1930, along with some of the most beautiful skies visible from Earth.  Pluto: Chronicles of an Ex-Planet is an immersive experience telling the story of this intriguing dwarf planet that continues to fascinate us even today.

Polaris
2015
29

James, a traveling penguin from the South Pole, and Vladimir, a funny bear from the North Pole, meet on the Arctic sea ice.  They become friends, talk about their respective regions, and observe the stars together wondering why the night is so long at the poles of the Earth.  Novice astronomers, they are trying to solve this mystery by reasoning and observation.  Thanks to the rigor of James and the inventive genius of Vladimir, their scientific adventure leads them to build an observatory and then an improvised spaceship.  During a trip around the Earth, extended to Mars and Saturn, they get their answer and discover that the planets have similarities but also differences.

Polaris is a playful story combining pedagogy and astonishing 3D effects.  Addressing astronomical concepts such as the tilt of the Earth’s axis, planetary types, and ice in the solar system, the show also introduces key elements of the scientific method. 

Pursuing the Dwarfs
2015
15

The categorization of dwarf planets sets the world in two parts … one who loved Pluto as planet and the others who preferred simpler cataloging of celestial bodies … Dwarf planets are the worlds too small to be considered as full-fledged planets, but large enough to be classified as asteroids.  These are the ancient relics of our solar system.  They were born the same way as our eight planets, but somehow along the way, they stopped developing further.  These embryonic planets holds the key to the secrets of planetary evolution.  Today 5 small bodies fits the category of dwarf planets, but there are more waiting to join the list.  Our advanced probes like ‘New Horizon’ and ‘Dawn’ are seeking the unknown.  Let’s take a glimpse of the wee class of dwarf planets in our full dome show, Pursuing the Dwarfs.

Raising Alexandria
2013
24

Twenty three centuries ago, Alexander the Great founded a magnificent city in Egypt called Alexandria.  It was considered Egypt’s most important trading metropolis on the Mediterranean and was filled with hundreds of palaces, temples, and glorious landmarks like the great Library and Lighthouse.  All traces of ancient monuments have vanished, and today most parts of the ancient city lie at the Mediterranean seabed.  We recall the memories of this ancient capital lost to time in Raising Alexandria.

Realm of Light: A Brief History of Life
2009
24

A journey to the origins of space and our life.  The show tells in breathtaking pictures the story of the Universe and the Earth – from the big bang to the onset of modern man.

Rescue
2011
45, 24

Rescue plunges audiences into the hard, but inspiring work of saving lives in the face of a natural disaster.  Behind the scenes, the film follows a Canadian naval commander, two pilots, and a volunteer rescue technician as they train for action.  When an earthquake strikes Haiti, creating one of the biggest humanitarian disasters of the century, the audience is swept along, joining with the massive effort that brings military and civilian responders and hardware from around the world.  Rescue is a journey of real-world disaster and emergency response captured (in 3D) with unprecedented scale and impact for the giant screen.

Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker
2020
44, 24

Between a jagged cliff face and a roaring ocean, lives a colony of Australian Sea Lions.  In an environment equally as harsh as it is beautiful, be immersed in a classic coming of age tale guided by one of Australia’s most unique, intelligent, and playful animals.  Take an intimate journey inside the colony where a life of great intimacy, tenderness, and clumsiness, must often give way to a life of great sacrifice and bravery.  Dive into the world of a rare Australian Sea Lion pup – and meet the people that are trying to save her species.

Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World
2010
41, 20

Through the power of IMAX® 3D, experience a wondrous adventure from the dinosaur age with Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World.  Join Julie, an imaginative young woman, as she journeys from a modern-day aquarium to the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.  Explore an amazing underwater universe inhabited by larger-than-life creatures — including the powerful Liopleurodon, long-necked Elasmosaurus, and gigantic Shonisaurus — which were ruling the seas before dinosaurs conquered the earth.  Thanks to state-of-the-art ultra-photorealistic imagery, see science come alive in a unique and entertaining manner.  Immerse yourself in a lost age, 200 million years back in time, and get ready for a face-to-face encounter with the T-Rex of the seas!

Secrets of the Universe
2019
44, 24

We are at the beginning of a period of unprecedented technological advancement, catalyzing a new age of scientific discovery.  Travel with us on this immersive giant screen film, as we explore the most exciting machines ever conceived by man, including the Large Hadron Collider and James Webb Space Telescope.  See how these new experiments allow us to look deeper into our origins, and unveil the mysteries of dark energy, dark matter and extra dimensions.

Serengeti
2022
52, 40, 24

Life happened in the Serengeti on an unprecedented scale.

It’s home to most of Africa’s most iconic animals, and hosts one of the world’s greatest natural events — the annual wildebeest migration.

Nature has orchestrated a perfect symphony in which every species has a very distinct role to play in a larger story — the balance of an entire ecosystem.

We’ll see it through the eyes of the youngest members of our animal cast as they imitate their parents, and learn about the mighty roles they’ll play.

Prepare to be awed by this immersive Giant Screen film about how nature works in one of the world’s greatest ecosystems.

Solar Storms
2007
20

A Tale of Twin Spacecraft From Earth, the Sun cannot be looked at with human eyes.  Solar Storms gives the audience the opportunity to see the Sun up close.  Stand above the arctic circle and witness the most brilliant auroras on Earth; take a ride on a solar blast from the Sun’s surface to Earth’s Magnetosphere, and come to a deeper understanding of what this vast sea of fire means to life here on Earth.

Solar Superstorms
2015
24

A fury is 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.

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.

The show features one of the most intensive efforts ever made to visualize the inner workings of the sun, including a series of groundbreaking scientific visualizations computed on the giant new supercomputing initiative, Blue Waters, based at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), University of Illinois.

Brace yourself for the onslaught of the next … Solar Superstorm.

Space Junk
2012
37, 23

After 50 years of launching our dreams into space, we’re left with a troubling legacy: a growing ring of orbiting debris that casts a shadow over the future of space exploration.  Space Junk 3D is a visually explosive, sensory expanding voyage into our now-threatened Final Frontier.  Experience mind-boggling collisions, both natural and manmade.  Soar from the stunning depths of Meteor Crater to an unprecedented view of our increasingly crowded orbits — 22,000 miles above Earth.  Join us as the foremost expert, also known as the “Father of Space Junk,” guides us through the challenges we face in protecting them, forging a new age of space discovery.

Starlight
2014
27

For thousands of years we have looked to the stars at night in wonder and awe.

Their mysteries have inspired curiosity across all cultures and civilizations.  Starlight is told through the eyes of Margaret, as she steps back in time to relive childhood fears of the dark that awoke her curiosity about the night sky.

Starlight features stunning visualizations that take audiences from Earth to the stars, through nebulae and galaxies, and on trips through the hearts of stars and supernova explosions.  It also presents Christiaan Huygens’s first attempts to study starlight, and introduces the concept of spectroscopy — all as part of Margaret’s personal story about exploring the sky.

Join Margaret as she takes you on an out-of-this-world journey to discover constellations and ancient cultures, the birth and death of a star and the inner workings of our Sun.

Stars
2008
26

Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of Stars.  This dramatic program features the voice talent of Mark Hamill and stunning 3D animation by NSC creative at the National Space Centre in Leicester, UK.

Stories in the Stars
2013
27

Erica and Daniel are two Indigenous Australian teenagers from the city.  This weekend, instead of going to a party, they are at Lake Tyrrell in north-west Victoria which is their family’s country.  They spend the weekend walking around the lake with Grandma and Grandpa, hearing stories about the constellations in the night sky and learning about how this relates to their culture.

European night sky stories are familiar to many people.  However the stories indigenous to the southern skies are less well known.  Although different Australian Aboriginal groups have different astronomical traditions, there are some broad similarities between many traditions which are often very different to more familiar astronomy.

Fulldome show Stories in the Stars explores Indigenous Australian astronomy and how Indigenous culture describes constellations that cannot be seen from northern latitudes.  Even constellations that can be seen from Europe appear a different way in the sky in the southern hemisphere.

Supervolcanoes
2013
24

The scene was 74,000 years ago, on the island of Sumatra.  A volcanic eruption triggered the sudden and violent collapse of a vast regional plateau.  Toba, as the volcano is known today, was the largest volcanic eruption in the last 25 million years.  But Earth has seen far larger.  250 million years ago, an eruption in what’s now Siberia lasted a million years and was probably responsible for the greatest episode of mass extinction in Earth’s history.

The award-winning Supervolcanoes 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?

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