Solar Superstorms
Country:
USA
Year:
2015
Category:
Fulldome
Duration:
0 hours 24 minutes
Director:
Thomas Lucas/Producers: Spitz Creative Media, NCSA Advanced Visualization Lab and Thomas Lucas Productions
Age restriction:
General Audience
Language:
English

Synopsis

Solar Superstorms Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch

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 supercomputing initiative, Blue Waters, based at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois.

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

A joint full-dome production by NCSA, University of Illinois | Thomas Lucas Productions | Spitz Creative Media, in association with the Fiske Planetarium at the University of Colorado (Boulder).

This project has been made possible with support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Film Office, and with funding by the National Science Foundation.