New planetarium show puts audience in center of extreme storms

first_img About admin ShareCONTACT: Lia UnrauPHONE:(713) 348-6778EMAIL: [email protected] AddThis center_img NEW PLANETARIUMSHOW PUTS AUDIENCE IN CENTER OF EXTREME STORMSImagine feeling theforce of a major hurricane up close, seeing the power that a tornado unleashesas it swirls around you and experiencing the eruptions of solar flares on thesurface of the sun. The latest in computeranimation is bringing a force 5 hurricane, a violent tornado and an explosivesolar storm to the Houston Museum of Natural Science starting June 8, allowingaudiences to step inside the storms, creating a sense of how it would look andfeel if you were standing amidst the fury. A special kickoff event will be heldJune 15.At the Burke BakerPlanetarium, the 22-minute “Force 5” – the world’s first Earth and space sciencefull-dome computer animated show – will feature storms created from real moviesand NASA-based images. “Planetariums generallyallow the audience to look up and out at the sky,” says Patricia Reiff,professor of physics and astronomy at Rice University and collaborator on theshow. “With Force 5, we invite theater-goers to turn and look down at the Earthfrom above, and we put you inside the storm – you get to experience everythingshort of the raindrops.”Force Five is funded byNASA’s Museums Teaching Planet Earth project at Rice University and by the ImageSpacecraft Mission, on which Reiff is conducting experiments. The show isproduced by the Houston Museum of Natural Science and Sybil Media. Following itsdebut in Houston, the show will travel to planetariums worldwide. Contact: Patricia Reiff,professor of space physics and astronomy, at 713-348-4634,[email protected]last_img

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