Using Globe Browsing Systems in Planetariums to Take Audiences to Other Worlds.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014: 2:34 PM
Carter Burwell Emmart, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY, United States
For the last decade planetariums have been adding capability of “full dome video” systems for both movie playback and interactive display. True scientific data visualization has now come to planetarium audiences as a means to display the actual three dimensional layout of the universe, the time based array of planets, minor bodies and spacecraft across the solar system, and now globe browsing systems to examine planetary bodies to the limits of resolutions acquired. Additionally, such planetarium facilities can be networked for simultaneous display across the world for wider audience and reach to authoritative scientist description and commentary. Data repositories such as NASA’s Lunar Mapping and Modeling Project (LMMP), NASA GSFC’s LANCE-MODIS, and others conforming to the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standard of Web Map Server (WMS) protocols make geospatial data available for a growing number of dome supporting globe visualization systems. The immersive surround graphics of full dome video replicates our visual system creating authentic virtual scenes effectively placing audiences on location in some cases to other worlds only mapped robotically.