Thursday, March 18, 2010

Hubble 3D is a "MUST SEE" at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater

"Blown away," was just one starry-eyed description of Hubble 3D from a guest who saw a preview of the film last evening. Many others were equally enthusiastic about every aspect of this film. In fact, virtually every person in the audience said things like, "I'll be back to see this one again," to "I'm telling everyone I know about this movie. It was beautiful."

This film grabs you from the moment it begins, leading you through the background of this amazing scientific instrument and out into the farthest reaches of the known universe through amazing 3D fly throughs of Hubble imagery. Along the way, you go behind the scenes at NASA to meet the astronauts and understand the risks and challenges of maintaining the Hubble Space Telescope.
Anyone who has looked up at the night sky on a summer's evening can probably point out the Big Dipper, Little Dipper and Orion. Many nights I've stared at Orion's belt, pondering what's out there. Last night, I was able to travel there as the film hurtled the audience across the cosmos to visit the birthplace of stars. The 3D on the giant, six-story screen was truly amazing. Here is a bit of information about the nebula and image seen above.

The sharpest view of the Orion Nebula captured by the Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys. The new IMAX® 3D film Hubble 3D features a never-before-seen 3D animated fly through of Orion that shows details of stars and proplyds visible only with the advanced instruments of the Hubble Space Telescope.
Courtesy of NASA.


It was also fun to see the underwater scenes which were captured by Howard Hall. (Howard and Michele were recently in Chattanooga for "Under the Sea 3D.)
April 2009 – Underwater Cinematographer Howard Hall moves the IMAX® 3D camera in its
waterproof housing to film STS-125 astronauts Michael (left) and Michael Good (right) as they rehearse Hubble Space Telescope repairs in NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL) at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. STS-125 astronauts operated an IMAX 3D camera on board the Space Shuttle Atlantis to capture the final Hubble Space Telescope repair mission. Courtesy of NASA.
The liftoff scenes were outstanding, light-hearted moments with the astronauts will make you smile and you'll hold your breath during some of the space walking scenes. And when the experience draws to a conclusion, you will be filled with a sense of wonder and a deeper appreciation for the amazing things "out there" as well as right here - on Earth.
You'll tell your friends, "Don't miss this film." Unless they tell you first.
More information including showtimes here: http://www.tnaqua.org/IMAX/Hubble3D.aspx

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