A Cosmic Journey was the premiere show in the
new digital Gates Planetarium. Opening in June
2003 the popular solar system tour has
grossed over $1.6 million in ticket sales in
Denver. This highly original show features 23
minutes of uninterrupted flight through the solar
system, with close passes by the planets,
moons and the sun.
The scientifically accurate images were created
by manually flying through the Museum's
Cosmic Atlas database. This free-flight camera
motion gives the audience a unique sense of
flying through space and visiting the planets.
The Museum's SGI supercomputer was utilized
to preview and render all of the scenes. We are
currently producing an updated version of the
show which will feature brief stops at Titan,
Pluto and Europa.