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Free Fulldome Programs and Clips
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FREE RESOURCES: Fulldome Movies -|- Fulldome Stills -|- Flat-screen Videos -|- Flat-screen Images -|- Audio

ON THIS PAGE: Programs -|- Short Clips -|- Animations/Other
See also Live Interactive Programs

Latest free short clips:
Newton's law of Universal gravitation (17 April 2020)
Checking up on Einstein (ESO, 29 May 2019)

Fulldome Programs


A note about downloading large programs: The best practice is to use a third-party download manager such as Free Download Manager, DownThemAll, or others. Then use an unzip program such as 7-zip or WinZip (Windows).


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14 minutes. Have you ever wondered how the astronauts do their job? After watching the Cosmix show it will be absolutely clear to you! But hold tight, it will be a crazy ride. You will find out what a space flight looks like and how to prepare for it. You will jump from a spinning centrifuge straight into a cosmic rocket. And where it will take you? Why, to the International Space Station!. Download from June 2020.


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The Mayans Cosmic Planners

Travel to ancient cities Chichén Itza and Palenque to learn how the Mayans cities were planned. Planetarios Digitales has produced, with support from Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), this fulldome program that is available to the IPS community for free. Trailer in Spanish at but full English versions available. Files are hosted in several playable formats and available through mediafire. Free licenses may be downloaded, printed, filled, signed, scanned, and then sent to for the links full program. More info at January 2017 (release date).


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The Secret of Calakmul

...a Maya city lost for a thousand years under the jungle comes to life. Planetarios Digitales has produced, with support from Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), this fulldome program that is available to the IPS community for free. Trailer in Spanish at but full English versions available. Files are hosted in several playable formats and available through mediafire. Free licenses may be downloaded, printed, filled, signed, scanned, and then sent to for the links full program. More info at January 2016 (release date).


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Cosmonaute 360

Cosmonaute 360 is a series of short films for children, from Dessignare Media, designed specifically for exhibition in educational spaces such as museums, planetariums and new media festivals. This project proposes to initiate interactive experiences between children and tutors through dynamics that foment new methods of education. The web page has a form for requesting license of the content. After registration, a link is provided via email to access a downloadable folder with the video and materials such as a poster, images, and trailer videos. See May 2019.


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Tree Of Life

Tree Of Life is an audiovisual show based on the music by Human Spiral, an experimental rock band in Mexico. Produced by the Mexican creative group Dessignare Media and inspired in the Mayan culture. The web page has a form for requesting license of the content.  After registration, a link is provided via email to access a downloadable folder with the video and materials such as a poster, images, and trailer videos. See May 2019.


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...a free full-dome short series produced by the University of Colorado’s Fiske Planetarium and funded by NASA. It highlights the research and people working with NASA. Most titles average just over 5 minutes. The latest ones are Parker Solar Probe (see preview) and New Horizons flyby of the Kuiper Belt Object MU-69 (January 2019 - see preview). An order form will get you instant access to the entire library of free programs from Fiske. H.264 - 1K, 1.5K, 2K movies are available for most titles. H.265 UHD 4K movies will be coming in the future. If you need further encoding/processing help we recommend. Upcoming episodes to include Apollo Lunar Geology, Orion/SLS, SOFIA .... Order form: Items listed on the order form:

  • Cosmic Origins Spectrograph
  • Explorations:
    • 1 - Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRaCE)
    • 2 - Big Science, Small Packages
    • 3 - MU69
    • 4 - Parker Solar Probe
    • 5 - Rocks from the Moon
    • 6 - The Dawn of Orion
  • Max Goes to the Moon
  • Moon Dome
  • MOSAiC Trailer

12 March 2019 and 30 November 2018.


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Mexica Archeoastronomy: Between Space and Time

ESO logo open-source planetarium show illustrating the important role played by astronomical observation in the evolution of pre-Hispanic cultures in central Mexico. The 20-minute show was produced by Frutos Digitales in collaboration with ESO. The ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre is excited to add Mexica Archaeoastronomy: Between Space and Time to its growing collection of planetarium shows.. Download from 8 October 2018.

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Casper Planetarium Shows

The Casper Planetarium has several full-dome digital shows in a 2K format which it has produced in-house and are happy to make available free of charge to other planetariums. Titles:

  • Cosmology
  • Exoplanets
  • Four Paths of the Sun
  • Galaxies
 See IPS News Item for more details. 25 September 2018.


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The Sun, Our Living Star

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Discover the secrets of our star in this planetarium show and experience never-before-seen images of the Sun’s violent surface in immersive fulldome format. The passage of the Sun’s fiery disc across the sky — day by day, month by month — was the only way to keep track of time for countless past civilizations. Don’t be fooled by the terminology; although it is a typical dwarf star, the Sun consumes 600 million tons of hydrogen each second and is 500 times as massive as all the planets combined. Download from 6 September 2018.

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Europe to the Stars

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Europe to the Stars takes the viewer on a journey behind the scenes at the most productive ground-based observatory in the world—the European Southern Observatory—revealing the science, the history, the technology and the people. The movie goes from locating the best places in the world for observing to how telescopes are built and what mysteries of the Universe astronomers are revealing. Download from 13 August 2018.
UPDATE: An improved soundtrack (English mix) now available at (May 2019)

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Mayan Archaeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe

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The 20-minute show, produced by Frutos Digitales in collaboration with ESO and financed by the National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico, premiered in Spanish at the Cha’an Ka’an Planetarium in Cozumel in 2017. This is the first show fully animated for fulldome made in Mexico, and it is being distributed freely to the more than 30 planetariums in Mexico as well as internationally through ESO’s online distribution network.

Mayan Archaeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe is unique among planetarium shows, intertwining science and mythology to take the viewer on a poetic journey through how the Mayans have viewed and understood the Universe throughout their history. February 2018

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The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds

Out There - The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds

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The story of how human curiosity has driven us to look outwards to discover and explore new and distance worlds. A production of The Swiss Museum of Transport Planetarium, directed and produced by Marc Horat, in cooperation with National Centre of Competence in Research PlanetS and ESO. The show lasts 30 minutes and is suitable for family audiences. Download from November 2017

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A photon's journey across space, time, and the mind. Planetarium show based on a 1-hr PBS documentary "Sight: The Story of Vision" weaving a tale of the journey of humanity that discovered the science, technology and medicine that allows us to understand how sight works, cure diseases of the eye and correct vision. Register at to access downloads. 30 Nov 2016.

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Phantom of the Universe

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From the journey of protons racing through the world’s largest particle collider in Europe to up-close views of the Big Bang and emergent universe, and the nearly mile-deep descent to an underground experiment in South Dakota, a new planetarium show is designed to immerse audiences in the manifold search for dark matter.

For free download, go to: To get the show on a free hard drive, visit Website for the show is 12 Oct 2016.

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The Dark Matter Mystery: Exploring a Cosmic Secret

Produced by the Planetarium in Laupheim, Germany and written by Dr. Rafael Lang, the show is being released under a Creative Commons license and freely available for download at Duration: 38 minutes; resolutions: 2k, 4k; languages: German, English, and French and Italian (audio only). Go to a fulldome preview. 24 August 2016

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The Incredible Sun

From Brno Observatory and Planetarium. Discover our star through the breathtaking timelapses from real images taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory and processed by advanced mathematical methods. 11 minutes. 4 August 2016.

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The Hot and Energetic Universe

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...presents the achievements of modern astronomy, the most advanced terrestrial and orbital observatories, the basic principles electromagnetic radiation and the natural phenomena related to the High Energy Astrophysics.

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Produced by Zeiss for the International Year of Light in 2015, Light is still available for free download. The 7-minute teaser is designed for domes with a unidirectional orientation. Light, of course, is a subject too broad to be covered in a few minutes. With a well-assorted selection, though, the teaser gives viewers an idea of the wide diversity of light effects. Preview at April 2016

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Astronomy Photographer of the Year

Astronomy Photographer of the Year (14:15, 30fps 4k domemasters) from Royal Observatory Greenwich comes shipped on a USB3 1TB drive (yours to keep) with a comprehensive, full-colour A4 presenter’s guide. Live presentations encouraged but an optional narration track is supplied with an original musical score. To get a copy, see the form at ...a lower resolution video is also available for download. 10 November 2015.

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Invisible Mars

Fulldome (DigitalSky2.3) adaptation of "Invisible Mars" from the NASA MAVEN Mission to Mars. If you aren't running DigitalSky in your theater, you can still download the assets and adapt the show for your platform. The media consists of some 2x1 Equatorial Cylindrical Equidistant textures (of Mars, Earth, and the sun), a few images, and a couple of MP4 movies. For DigitalSky, I wrapped the textures onto dummy sphere objects in the planetarium to simulate viewing the Science On a Sphere in the dome. The "" file in the link have all the assets (including the presenter script) you need for adapting the show. For more about MAVEN and its outreach programs, go to Enjoy! Please drop me a line at tkomatsu (at) berkeley (dot) edu if you decide to use the program, adapt it, or have questions. From Toshi Komatsu, The Lawrence Hall of Science

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From Earth to the Universe

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(30 minutes, 4K) ...a journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes. The show was produced for the ESO Supernova Planetarium and Visitor Centre, to be opened in 2017. From European Southern Observatory. 10 June 2015.

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Aurora Storm

Aurora Storm(11 minutes) is a NASA-funded fulldome show about northern lights, produced by the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the University of Alaska Museum of the North. Distributed by Loch Ness productions. 4 June 2015

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The Cosmic Origins Spectrograph

The Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (28 minutes). Aimed at audiences 12+, the show covers the Hubble C.O.S. instrument, the nature of light, spectroscopy, the use of quasars as background light sources, material identification by spectrum, and the cycling of material within and surrounding galaxies. Produced by Fiske Planetarium, assisted by the professional astronomers in our academic department during production to ensure accuracy. Contact to request access. Please include the name of your facility’s director/manager & contact information, your facility name, type (academic, commercial, etc.), and how many your theater seats for our records. 25 April 2015



A full dome planetarium show about the sun. Produced by the Michigan Science Center under a NASA grant. The show is available for order and small fee of $100 USD covers the cost of the hard drive (loaded with the show assets) and shipping. Evans & Sutherland, Audio Visual Imagineering and Digitalis have partnered to be third-party distributors and have encoded the show to be compatible with their systems. 7 April 2015

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Journey to the Centre of the Millky Way

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A 7-minute planetarium mini-show produced by the education and Public Outreach Department (ePOD) of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), available for free in 4k resolution. November 2014.

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Monsters of the Cosmos

The latest mashup from Symphony of Science. Created by John D. Boswell (a.k.a. melodysheep), in partnership with Mike Farr and Matthew Mascheri. December 2014

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New Horizons for a Little Planet

New Horizons for a Little Planet is a new free fulldome show is a lighthearted introduction to NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. The show is distributed by Audio Visual Imagineering (AVI) and comes with a resource package. From Hartnell College Planetarium, November 2014.

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Two Small Pieces of Glass

Two Small Pieces of Glass: A program about telescopes, produced for International Year of Astronomy (2009) and Galileo's 400th Anniversary. Contact Shawn Laatsch at the
Emera Astronomy Center at the University of Maine at or Charissa Sedor at at Buhl Planetarium, Pittsburgh, Pennslvania for more information. From Imiloa Planetarium, Interstellar Studios, and Carnegie Science Center


IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System

IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System: A fulldome and flat-screen show, available to museums, planetariums, and other non-profit institutions. This production is part of NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer's (IBEX) Education and Public Outreach Program, led by Adler Planetarium and with visualizations from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). From Adler Planetarium

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Back to the Moon for Good

Chronicles teams around the world competing for the largest incentivized prize in history, by landing a robotic spacecraft on the Moon for the first time in more than 40 years. From Google XPrize.



A fulldome movie that explains and explores the nature of Dark Matter, the missing 80% of the mass of the Universe. From iVEC and University of Western Australia.

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Waiting Far Away

“An explorer of the cosmos has traveled too far… And can’t find home.” For more information, see From The Charles Hayden Planetarium.

2015 September UPDATE:
Waiting Far Away has been translated into French, German, Russian, and Czech. Contact Jason Fletcher at the Fulldome Blog (link above) for information.

2016 July UPDATE:
Jason reports that translations also are available now in Farsi, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish (Castilian), and Telugu.

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Cosmic Castaways

Based on research from astronomers at Youngstown State University, the program explains how stars can be ejected from galaxies by gravitational perturbation. From Ward Beecher Planetarium/CosmoQuest.



A short (approximately 6 minutes) music presentation. From Ward Beecher Planetarium/CosmoQuest:

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Losing the Dark

A short public service announcement about light pollution, produced by Loch Ness in collaboration with the International Dark Sky Association, IPS, and others. From Loch Ness Productions:

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A Glorious Dawn

Planetarium adaptation of Carl Sagan's Cosmos video—musical arrangement and remix by John Boswell - The Symphony of Science. Created by participants of the 2011 Blender Production Workshop. From Ott Planetarium:

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Space Shapes

A short introduction to the planetarium environment that discusses different round shapes in space for pre-school audiences (round like a pancake or round like a ball?). Created by participants of the 2010 Blender Production Workshop. From Ott Planetarium:

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Clockwork Skies

Explores the patterns of motion and time in our skies. Created by participants of the 2010 Blender Production Workshop. From Ott Planetarium:

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Video Clips


These video clips are not whole programs.
They may be used as elements in relevant programs.


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Newton's law of Universal gravitation

A one minute fulldome short about Newton's Universal gravitation principle. It includes a hypothetical experience of the cannonball gaining an orbiting speed. Made using Cinema4D R20 and Mixamo.
© Video: Lionel RUIZ (Phoenix Production,
© Music: Kevin Mac Leod (Incompetech, April 2020.



Apollo Animations

These planetarium dome animations were created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo mission. To download, first subscribe to the "Apollo News" list server: After subscribing, you will get a confirmation email; once you respond to that, it will send a final welcome message with the links and password to the download site. Users who need 4K or 60 fps versions should then contact Dr. Reiff to get the dropbox links to the higher resolution animations. 28 May 2019.


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Checking up on Einstein

The Haus der Astronomie (Heidelberg, Germany) has produced a 4min fulldome short movie about the 100th anniversary of the first light deflection measurement in the gravitational field of the Sun and its significance as the first successful test of Einstein's general theory of relativity. The fulldome sequence includes relativistic simulations of light propagation in the vicinity of a black hole and is now available as an english or german version at ESO: English version; German version. 29 May 2019.

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NASA VR Clips for Planetarium Shows

NASA Virtual Reality for Informal Education and Planetarium Shows: A collection of media, Uniview, and Digital Sky 2 Buttons. It includes spherical images/videos using equirectangular warping, which should be usable by most digital planetarium systems, goggle VR, and smartphone VR setups with minimum extra work. January 2018.

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Images/movies of TRAPPIST-w system

ESO provides Fulldome video resources to accompany their press release on the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system, "Ultracool Dwarf and the Seven Planets" Fulldome video is near the bottom of the page. See also Spitzer page: (especially link 3D Planet & Star Maps at bottom right). 22 Feb 2017.



Eclipse Animations

Geometry of solar and lunar eclipses—previews from Rice University (by Don Davis, with NASA Heliophysics Education Consortium support. To get non-watermarked versions, sign up for the update email list, then email Pat Reiff. January 2017.

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Hubble 25th Anniversary Fulldome Clips

As part of the Hubble 25th anniversary celebrations ESA/Hubble released fourteen fulldome clips during 2015 and added them to the Hubble Dome Masters Archive. These short clips using Hubble data are available for free to all planetariums. The clips are in 4k and 8k fulldome format, rendered for uni-directional domes, and published on the 24th of each month. See also ESA Hubble Dome Video Archive.

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Athabasca AUORACAM movie

Unusually spectacular aurora displays in Canada. Login with "guest" and "augso". Use right-click or control-click to download.

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Hubble Immersive Dome Visualizations

Immersive Dome Visualizations from HubbleSOURCE:

Low-resolution MPEG previews (320-pixel-diameter fisheye views) are available for download to digital dome show producers and presentation venues at no fee.

To obtain high-resolution dome masters (a series of sequentially numbered equidistant polar-projection still frames) on CD or DVD, contact the site. Single frames can also be provided in high-resolution for all-sky slide projection.


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HubbleSite Videos

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) has a number of videos on its HubbleSite with fulldome visualizations available for download, including

Visualizations also can be seen on YouTube at

Free to use in any show, without payment or royalty, but please give proper credit. Please download after hours / weekends when possible IT folks prefer non-primetime data moves.

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European Southern Observatory

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In addition to the many fulldome programs listed above (look for the ESO icon ESO icon), the European Southern Observatory has released hundreds of free high-quality fulldome video clips and images following its ESO Ultra HD Expedition:

You are free to use the video clips, stills and images as it best fits your needs, provided that you display credit. All the materials are released under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License, and are available in the highest resolution online.

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British Fulldome Institute

British Fulldome Institute promotes a greater understanding of and access to fulldome (360˚) immersive film, the cinema of the future. Some free fulldome material is available.Note: the BFI has its homepage through Facebook.

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Loch Ness Bonus Shows

Loch Ness Productions Bonus Shows. Some of these shows have no license fees, and are available for download. For others, Loch Ness may charge for making the movie encodes, and/or the media they ship them on. 26 March 2015.

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STS-135 Atlantis launch

Clips from Sliced Tomato including a fulldome demonstration reel. The launch clip also is courtesy of George Fleenor of GeoGraphics Imaging and Troy McClellan of Fulldome FX – who captured, and shared the space shuttle images.

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Quiet Down Planets!

A 65 second PSA was shown at DUG (won award) & GLPA. Digistar Users can download from library. Otherwise--Robert Bonadurer can send you the dome masters--if you send me a drive. Download from 17 October 2018.


Fulldome images and video from NASA

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Path of Totality

A 5-minute 30-second time-lapse video of the 21 August 2017 eclipse, set to music, free to anyone who would like to use it. The video was shot by Joe Woolbright, and the original music composed by David Fogel, who has made the video available. Contact Fogel at for the HD digitally remastered mpg4 file. You can preview the video on YouTube at Aug 2017.

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Eclipse Animations

Rice University with NASA Heliophysics Education Consortium support commissioned Don Davis to create fulldome animations of the geometry of solar and lunar eclipses. Previews at: To get higher resolution, non-watermarked versions, first sign up for the email list at to learn of updates and then email Pat Reiff with the size you need for your theater. January 2017.

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Globular Star Cluster Exploration

Duration: 1 minute, 13 seconds. This scientific visualization presents a flight to a small globular star cluster and a few hundred thousand years of its development. ...During the flight to and around the globular star cluster, time has been stopped to allow one to examine the structure of the cluster. After arrival, the stars begin their swarming orbits. The visualization uses data from a simulation that followed the orbits of 6144 stars using the special purpose supercomputer GRAPE-4. 28 Nov 2016.

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Digital Chaotics

Above are thumbnails of free domesaver previews from Ken Scott at Digital Chaotics. 1-2 minute abstract "visual music" videos in seamless loops. Add music and/or logo for walk-in clip or show opener. Visit for more information.

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... was in the juried selection at Domefest 2012, won "Best Sonic Experience" at Fulldome UK 2012, and received the Spatial Sound Award at Fulldome Festival 2013.

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