Astronomers are discovering extrasolar planets at a dizzying rate. To date there are more than 160 confirmed exoplanets, and more than 3500 more planet candidates. The search for planets around distant stars is the heart of "Extrasolar Planets--discovering new worlds".
This exciting new show describes how astronomers search for planets circling other stars. It explains the two main methods they use: studying the minute "wobbles" of stars and detecting flickers in a star's brightness. Only a few Earth-like planets have been found, and as of yet, no extraterrestrial life has been found on any of the worlds discovered so far. Yet, it's likely to be only a matter of time before a world teeming with life shows up in astronomy surveys of stars in our galactic neighborhood.
"Extrasolar Planets--discovering new worlds" is an imaginative exploration into the discoveries of new worlds beyond our Sun, the possibilities that they might be habitable, and the chances that any of those worlds harbor intelligent life. With the success of such planet finder missions as Kepler and CoROT, detecting alien life may no longer be the stuff of science fiction!
Produced by Albedo Fulldome
Distributed by Loch Ness Productions
More information about this fulldome show, and access to a preview of the entire show, can be found on the Loch Ness Productions Website: lochnessproductions.com/shows/antares/epd.html
===== ABOUT THIS FULLDOME TRAILER =====
Fulldome shows are meant to be projected onto a hemispherical dome surface typically found in planetarium theaters. Viewed on a flat screen, the imagery looks curved or warped at the edges; when projected using fisheye-lens equipment, the images look correct. This HD video was cropped from spherical-mirror warped dome masters to highlight the movie's theater-front sweet spot.
This preview is intended primarily to provide a taste of the show's content to planetarium professionals looking for shows to display in their theaters.