Although due to the current pandemic situation, it is not possible to visit the museums and enjoy the full experience offered by their rooms, the Museum of Science and the Cosmos emphasizes that one of the things that most pleases both schoolchildren and adults, is your planetarium. We wanted the users to be able to access a private session from the comfort of their home. All you need is a computer, tablet or mobile phone and an Internet connection.
For this first session, the Museum of Science and the Cosmos has chosen one of the schoolchildren’s favorite films: ‘Beyond the Sun. In search of a new Earth ‘, an award-winning production by Render Area and Monigotes Estudio 2.0 in which the Tenerife center has collaborated together with other planetariums in Spain
This is an animated film, which is also accompanied by didactic units, which reveals the advances that astrophysics is making in the new field of exoplanets, and which contributes to changing gender stereotypes related to science and astronomy. At the same time that it tries to promote scientific vocations among the youngest.
Although a classic film has a rectangular format, adapted to screens, planetarium productions have special characteristics, since they must be projected on a dome. For this, the images are thought and generated in a circular way, the bottom part of the frame corresponding to what would go in front of the viewer, the center to the point above our heads and, the top one, to which we would see if we turned. This, together with the sound effects and other ‘tricks’, makes the experience immersive. To enhance the experience, users are recommended to use headphones or turn the music a little too high so that the subtle details of this fantastic film can be appreciated
The 26-minute film is about Celeste, a curious eight-year-old girl full of questions she can’t answer: Are there planets like ours around other stars? How are they detected? Are we alone in the universe? What she doesn’t expect is that tonight, right after bed, she will be guided on an amazing journey through the universe in search of answers to her questions.