CS Video and Planetarium Show w/Timothy Ferris
Hi, all. We are very excited about this announcement. We have just released a new, 6-minute video presentation describing eclipsing binary stars, light curves and the Citizen Sky project. It was produced by the California Academies of Science and is narrated by the one-and-only Timothy Ferris. This is especially exciting to me personally because seeing his film "Creation of the Universe" is one of the reasons I fell in love with astronomy.
The video was designed and produced to be a short movie trailer to be shown at planetariums before their regular, feature presentation. Click here or on a screen shot to view it via YouTube. It is also available in just about any video format you may need for regular TV, movie theatre or full-dome presentation (including high definition, H.264, 5.1 surround sound, etc.) for just about any planetarium technology. It is free for most uses and released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license. Feel free to show the video at any event, including local star parties, club meetings, classes, etc. Also, please help promote it via blogs and such. :) And if any planetarium/museum would like the full high resolution version, contact us and we'll coordinate how to deliver it to you.
This is a very professionall produced video made by some of the best award-winning science visualizers on the planet. It was directed by Ryan Wyatt, the Director of the Morrison Planetarium at the California Academies. (BTW, this is also where our 2nd workshop will be held this September.) We would like to thank Ryan and his staff for their hard work. Of course, we'd also like to thank Timothy Ferris for donating his time as well.
Please, feel free to comment and ask questions about the video via this thread. Ryan spoke a little about the video and his philosophy about science visualization at the last workshop. We have video of his talk on this page.
Update: Higher resolution versions of the video are now available via the following links.
- CitizenSky_EpsAu_Stereo.m4v - Formatted in h.264 for iPhone/iPod/etc. (40MB)
- CitizenSky_EpsAu_Stereo.mov - Formatted in QuickTime HD (245MB)
- CitizenSky_EpsAu__5.1Surround.mov - Formatted in QuickTime HD and Dolby Surround Sound 5.1 (500MB)
These are very large files and the Citizen Sky download pipe is not superfast. If you work for a planetarium, museum and/or would like to show them in a public setting (such as at a star party, amateur club night, school, etc.) then contact us and we'll be happy to send them to you on a video DVD.