Thursday, May 10, 2012

Dynamic Earth and Undiscovered Worlds Newest Offerings at NASM's Einstein Planetarium

Washington, DC, USA -- Smithsonian Theaters is presenting two new films, Dynamic Earth and Undiscovered Worlds, at the National Air and Space Museum’s Albert Einstein Planetarium.

Dynamic Earth explores the inner workings of Earth’s climate system. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, the film follows a trail of energy that flows from the sun into the interlocking systems that shape the Earth’s climate: the atmosphere, oceans and the biosphere. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales and fly into roiling volcanoes.

Dynamic Earth was created through a collaboration between Spitz Creative Media, the Advanced Visualization Lab at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois, NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio and Thomas Lucas Productions Inc. The 24-minute film is narrated by Liam Neeson.

Undiscovered Worlds takes audiences on a journey beyond the solar system. With new achievements like the Kepler Telescope and rapidly improving technology, the discovery of exoplanets puts scientists one step closer to the possibility of finding an Earth-like world. This 25-minute film was developed by the Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science in Boston.

Individual tickets for all regularly scheduled public screenings of Dynamic Earth and Undiscovered Worlds are on sale and may be purchased up to two weeks in advance. Groups of 10 or more may reserve tickets for any date during the film’s expected run. The public may visit any Smithsonian Theaters box office, call toll-free (866) 868-7774 or visit www.si.edu/IMAX for information or to purchase tickets.

The Albert Einstein Planetarium is located on the second floor of the National Air and Space Museum at Sixth Street and Independence Avenue S.W. The Einstein Planetarium is the only full-dome digital theater in the Washington, D.C., area.