Live from Pluto under the Planetarium Dome

By: Alan Dyer

Jul 17 2015

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Category: Time-Lapse Movies

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Aperture:f/3.5
Focal Length:15mm
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Camera:Canon EOS 6D

It was a full house for my Live from Pluto talk at TELUS Spark!

Something a little different from me this time. Not images or time-lapses of scenic places, but of me presenting a lecture and planetarium show!

This past two weeks I was immersed back into the world of planetarium programming.

Last night, July 16, was the culmination, as I presented a talk and planetarium show devoted to viewing the amazing new images from Pluto and the New Horizons probe … and to taking the audience through the solar system courtesy of the planetarium theatre’s Digistar 5 projection system.

The lecture was in the Digital Dome at TELUS Spark, the science centre in Calgary, Alberta. As you can see, it played to a packed “standing room only” house in the dome. The short time-lapse compresses my one-hour lecture into one minute!

In it, you can get a fast-paced taste of the visuals and immersive scenes I was able to program and project onto the dome with the Digistar.

That’s me down front on stage, running the show off the Digistar’s iPad.

What a way to present a lecture! I spent 40 years producing and presenting planetarium shows, but these new tools for visualizing the universe in the dome are jaw-dropping. It was fun to get back using them again, to bring this historic flyby event to the public in a unique way.

The movie begins with the audience entering, and ends with the Q&A and audience exiting. It includes scenes where we fly alongside New Horizons out to Pluto, then orbit Ceres with Dawn, plus land on a comet with Rosetta and Philae.

I shot the time-lapse with a Canon 6D and 15mm full-frame fish-eye lens shooting under Auto Exposure for a total of 1177 frames, taken at an interval of 8 seconds, played back here at 15 frames per second. The camera was behind the dome in the cove, where it would not be disturbed. Music is by Adi Goldstein.

Many thanks to the staff at TELUS Spark (sparkscience.ca) for making the event possible.

– Alan, July 17, 2015 / © 2015 Alan Dyer / www.amazingsky.com

2 comments on “Live from Pluto under the Planetarium Dome”

  1. WOW! Thank you for the Pluto presentation Alan! It was a wonderful tribute to Clyde Tombaugh. What an enjoyable experience! I put the Pluto App on my iPad several months ago, and watched almost daily as New Horizons approached Pluto. That was cool, but I was BLOWN AWAY when you brought us through the experience with the Digistar system. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better you gave us the added bonus of Rosetta and the Philea lander too! Fantastic presentation, and to those who missed it, do what it takes to get to the next presentation!

  2. I am so very sorry to have missed this presentation Alan! What an exciting time for us 🙂


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