The Science Museum of Minnesota’s Omnitheater is hosting one of their most beloved events, OMNIFEST. From volcanoes to tornadoes to the seven wonders of the world, the festival offers something for all ages and interests.
But a big part of this flim festval is going away forever. 2019 will be the last festival that will take place on film in the Omnitheater. Later in 2019, the theater will convert from a giant screen film projection system to a digital laser projection system. When the conversion is complete, the Omnitheater will become one of the first members of the IMAX Laser Dome community.
Films of this year’s festival:
Ring of Fire
Only the Omnitheater’s nine-story domed screen can do justice to the great circle of volcanoes that rings the Pacific Ocean. In this Science Museum of Minnesota original production, visitors will get a front row seat for the spectacular eruptions of Mount St. Helens and Sakurajima in Japan. They’ll see the birth of a new volcano in southern Chile, and they’ll meet people who live within the shadows of some of the world’s most active volcanoes.
Journey to Space
Some of the most exciting space exploration missions of our time lie ahead of us: from capturing asteroids to landing astronauts on Mars. Journey to Space features magnificent giant screen views of Earth and footage of remarkable operations in space – including the deployment and repair of the famous Hubble Space Telescope. Viewers will get a sweeping overview of past space accomplishments, current activities, and future plans, showcasing how the Shuttle launched and assembled the International Space Station (ISS). Together, these programs have taught us how to live, build, and conduct science in space.
National Parks Adventure
The United States National Park Service celebrated its centennial in 2016. National Parks Adventure honors that milestone birthday by taking viewers on a breathtaking journey to 30 of its most spectacular landscapes – from Yellowstone’s famous geysers to the soaring Devil’s Tower, from the raging rivers of Denali National Park to the teeming wildlife of the Everglades. Viewers will be transported to the most powerful vantage points of these wild places, and their majesty and beauty will be captured for the Omnitheater’s giant screen – the only screen big enough to convey them.
The Greatest Places
Viewers will ride along on a journey to seven of the world’s most dynamic landscapes in The Greatest Places. This Science Museum of Minnesota original production blends trips to Tibet’s Chang Tang Plateau, South America’s Iguazu Falls and Amazon River, and the enormous icebergs of Greenland with forays to the world’s tallest sand dunes in the Namib Desert, the Okavango Delta in Botswana, and the island nation of Madagascar.
Viewers will join Storm Chasers star Sean Casey and the researchers of VORTEX 2, an ambitious project that seeks to understand the origins and evolution of tornadoes, on a science adventure through the “severe weather capital of the world.” Armed with a 70mm camera, a fleet of customized vehicles designed to withstand gale force winds, torrential rains and unrelenting hail, and an arsenal of the most advanced weather measurement instruments ever created, Casey and the VORTEX2 researchers will attempt to surround tornadoes and the supercell storms that form them, gathering the most comprehensive severe weather data ever collected.
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