Wednesday, December 17, 2014

"We Are Aliens" at Maryland Science Center shows Mars, Europa, and an extrasolar planet.


Today, at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore, I saw the Planetarium film “We Are Aliens”, directed by Max Crow, narrated by Rupert Grint (from the Harry Potter movies).  This film used the entire ceiling, rather than half, as in Omnimax.
  
The film opens with an interesting animation of a Planet, set up as a kind of spherical model railroad, with buildings, channels, and trains. I had suggested a concept like that in my own novel manuscript “Tribunal and Rapture” in 1988.

The film soon takes us to Mars, and shows some pretty good scenery, especially a map of where the oceans once were.   But the most interesting part is the visit to Europa, moon of Jupiter.  A robot dives down a spectacular ice canyon, and then into the under-ice ocean, where we see fumeroles and what look like colorful tube worms, and various other smudges.  There are also luminescent rotifer-like creatures. (See "Europa Report", Aug 2,. 2013).

I'd like to have seen the surface of Titan (moon of Saturn) shown (and by they way, it has a subsurface ocean, too).  Ganymede (satellite of Jupiter) also has such an ocean. 
    
Then the film shows some extrasoloar planets, including a hot Jupiter, a waterworld, and a furnace.  Finally it shows an odd habituated planet.  It seems to be tidally locked. The civilization, probably a satellite from a “master race” seems to be on the night side of a warm planet, with a climate like South Florida at night, and with the inhabited areas laid out in illuminated hexagons.

Finally, the film shows a possible galactic map of many civilizations.  Would they all have Facebook?
  
The site for the film is here

The video below from National Geographic, with Linda Spilker, is similar


If in fact the meteorite that landed in Antarctica in 1996 came from Mars and has biological substances, maybe we are all Martians, just as we are all "black".  
   
The museum has a big exhibit “Life Beyond Earth”. 

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