“We don’t just show you the night sky. We take you out into the universe.”

Thanks to a digital revolution in planetarium technology, people can experience realistic images and three-dimensional animations of the universe based on the latest scientific discoveries. Every star or galaxy a viewer encounters in the Morrison Planetarium precisely mirrors its real-world counterpart, and when this virtual cosmos is projected onto Morrison’s 75-foot-diameter screen, the dome itself seems to disappear, resulting in a uniquely immersive experience.

With the help of high level R&E connectivity, “Domecasting” – the live broadcasting of a planetarium – has been enabled to show audiences other planetariums around the world.

The California Academy of Sciences now has some of the highest levels of connectivity among scientific and cultural institutions in the United States. Read how CENIC, the Californian research and education network, allowed for the Academy to offer interactivity to engage, create and learn on the latest In The Field blog.