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Ott Planetarium Productions
Supporting Science Education with Original Digital Content Since 2005

The Ott Planetarium at Weber State University has been producing original digital planetarium shows since 2005. A dedicated core of professional animators and producers join forces with student employees interns to create state-of-the-art science education content.

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Feature Productions
Our Best Work

First & Farthest
2013 - Ott Planetarium

Show Topics: Rocket Propulsion with Solid and Liquid Fuels, F=ma, Parabolic Flight, Orbital Flight, History of Space Exploration.

Show Duration: 26 Minutes

Target Audience: Ages 10 and Up

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This is Our Sky!
2012 - Ott Planetarium

Show Topics: Horizon, Apparent Motion of the Sky, Phases of the Moon, Seasons, Constellations, and the Solar System.

Show Duration: 20 Minutes

Target Audience: Ages 4 - 10

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Expanded View
2010 - Ott Planetarium

Show Topics: NASA Great Observatories, Hubble, Spitzer, Chandra, Multi-Wavelength Observation.

Show Duration: 23 Minutes

Target Audience: Ages 10 and Up

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The Nature of Science
2009 - Ott Planetarium

Show Topics: Scientific Process, Scientific Laws, Scientific Hypotheses, Scientific Theories

Show Duration: 22 Minutes

Target Audience: Ages 10 and Up

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Cosmic Journey
2008 - Ott Planetarium

Show Topics: Astronomy, Cosmology, Scale of the Universe, Supernovae, Planetary Nebulae, Stellar Nurseries, and Other Nebulae

Show Duration: 25 Minutes

Target Audience: Ages 10 and Up

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Cosmic Journey - Extended Version
2008 - Ott Planetarium

Show Topics: Astronomy, Cosmology, Scale of the Universe, Supernovae, Planetary Nebulae, Stellar Nurseries, and Other Nebulae

Show Duration: 37 Minutes

Target Audience: Ages 10 and Up

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Student Productions
Affordable Options From Our Rising Stars

Star Hunting with Messier
2011 - Ott Planetarium Student Project

Show Topics: Messier Catalog, Starmaps, Star Clusters, Galaxies, Nebulae

Show Duration: 14 Minutes

Target Audience: Ages 5 - 12

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Astro Otters Jr. (Complete Library)
2008 - Ott Planetarium Student Project

Show Topics: The Astro Otters Jr. library covers over 28 astronomy topics for grades K-4.

Show Duration: Variable

Target Audience: Ages 5 - 9

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Astro Otters (Complete Library)
2008 - Ott Planetarium Student Project

Show Topics: The Astro Otters library covers over 43 astronomy topics for grades 5-8.

Show Duration: Variable

Target Audience: Ages 9 - 13

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The Great Space Race
2006 - Ott Planetarium Student Project

Show Topics: U.S. and Russian Space Exploration, from the beginning of the Space Age, to the International Space Station.

Show Duration: 40 Minutes

Target Audience: Ages 10 and Up

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Download Free or Have Them Shipped
Free (Gratis et Libre) - Licensed Under Creative Commons Attribution

A Glorious Dawn
2011 - Production Workshop Class Project

Show Topics: Science Outreach

Show Duration: 5 Minutes

Target Audience: Ages 3 and Up

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Space Shapes
2010 - Production Workshop Class Project

Show Topics: Sphere and Disk Shapes

Show Duration: 9 Minutes

Target Audience: Ages 3 - 8

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Clockwork Skies
2010 - Production Workshop Class Project

Show Topics: Daily Motion, Orbits, Solar System

Show Duration: 5 Minutes

Target Audience: Ages 5 - 12

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Sizing Up Space
2009 - Production Workshop Class Project

Show Topics: Scale of the Universe, Light Year

Show Duration: 13 Minutes

Target Audience: Ages 6 - 12

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Some Assembly Required

Our shows are normally delivered as "domemasters + soundtrack." This means you will receive a set of numbered frames in JPEG format, along with a soundtrack in WAV format. You will need to compile the show (AKA: encode, slice, etc) for your projection system (your equipment dealer can assist in this task). We can provide limited encoding support for single-projector or single video file systems for a modest fee.

Try encoding one of our trailers or open source shows for free: ottplanetarium.org/files.

The main benefit of domemaster distribution is that you have more control over the visual quality of the finished product. Domemaster distribution also makes it possible for us to keep our prices low. Compiling shows for every conceivable planetarium system is expensive in terms of time and software. We'd much rather spend our time making new shows and pass the savings on to you!

Domemasters are delivered on USB HDD. We charge USD 100 for the HDD and shipping (and it's yours to keep). We use NTFS for distribution because it is widely compatible. We can use some other HDD formats upon request.



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Ott Planetarium
1969-2014