‘Dynamic Earth’ to be explored Friday evenings at UT planetarium
The University of Toledo’s Ritter Planetarium will present “Dynamic Earth” every Friday night at 8:30 p.m. through Aug. 31, 2012. Follow energy from the sun as it flows into Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and biosphere. See high-resolution visualizations of swirling eddies in the Gulf Stream and microscopic ocean creatures blown up to giant-size.
“Dynamic Earth” is an immersive full-dome program that explores the inner workings of the planet’s climate system. The program uses stunning visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations to explore the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere.
The show features narration by actor Liam Neeson and was produced by 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. in association with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and NASA Earth Science.
Watch a trailer for “Dynamic Earth” at rpbo.utoledo.edu.
Observing at Ritter Observatory using the 1-meter research telescope will be held July 6 and Aug. 3, weather permitting. Observing at Brooks Observatory will follow the other Friday programs.
“We will be featuring Saturn — and Saturn’s rings — at each observing session throughout the summer,” said Alex Mak, associate director of Ritter Planetarium. “This is a wonderful opportunity to see this celestial gem for yourself.”
Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children 4 through 12, seniors, and UT students and employees. Children 3 and younger are free. For more information, call Ritter Planetarium at 419.530.2650.