Planetariums – Fulldome Cinema and the Art of Science Communication
GTAC (Gene Technology Access Centre) in the grounds of University High School
1H Royal Parade
T: (03) 9345 2555
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Traditional planetariums have been around since the 1930s. Making use of a specialized ‘star projector’ to recreate the night sky, this technology remained almost unchanged up until the mid-1990s. Then projector technology developed to the point where a seamless image could be created to cover the entire dome of a planetarium. Suddenly the immersive world of fulldome film came into being.
Fulldome has proven to be an incredibly powerful format as both a story-telling medium and as an engaging educational tool. Warik will examine the development of fulldome technology, its parallels to traditional filmmaking and its use in science communication.