Last Saturday, the torrential rain that dumped on New York City lead me to the American Museum of Natural History and back 13 billion years, to a period when no stars speckled the night sky and invisible dark matter, hydrogen and helium occupied space. Then I traveled 4.5 billion years back, to the sun’s formation. Finally we returned to today, and I was left thinking about how 5 billion years from now, the sun may reach the end of its life, leaving only its hot core as a white dwarf.
And so goes “Journey to the Stars,” the newest film at the museum’s Hayden Planetarium.
Emmart: Typically we seek three or four entities to partner with. In the case of “Journey," Lockheed-Martin and Accenture provided major sponsorships. [We also worked with] Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, Papalote, a children’s museum in Mexico City, and the company Goto in Japan, a manufacturer of planetarium equipment.
20 months, on the books.
Working with more than 40 scientists to visualize their data. It’s a long, tedious process to get to the finish, but we are visually storytelling the processes of the universe, having to layer together visual results from researchers that they themselves have never been able to show in such context and scale.
Usually scientists take their data and visualize in a way that speaks to their colleagues…For the general public, you have to bookend this visualization, you have to put it into contextual surrounding. We offer to put into context the whole surrounding story of their research. They tend to naturally get excited about this. It’s a great way to communicate what they’re doing to the rest of the world. I think of us as a modern digital diorama.
Wonder, realization and appreciation that our cosmic surroundings are what and who we are. That we are part of system, a planet that is part of the much larger universe.
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Our shows are about getting to know the neighborhood…Our place here is pretty special on the most colorful, beautiful liquid water planet we yet know. We literally live on paradise, and we must remind ourselves of that fact. I think space helps us see that perspective clearly. The universe is, after all, our home’s home.
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Admission: $24 for adults, $18 for students and seniors, $14 for children ages 2-12. Note: This includes admission to the museum, plus the show.