Cosmic Collisions

Events that have shaped our universe.

From subatomic particles to the largest galaxies, cosmic collisions are a universal phenomenon of nature. Creative and also destructive, dynamic and dazzling, collisions have resulted in many things we take for granted – the luminescent Moon, the Sun’s warmth and light, our changing seasons, waves washing up a sandy shore. They’ve ended the Age of Dinosaurs and changed the very map of cosmos, reforming galaxies and giving birth to new stars and new worlds.
»Cosmic Collisions« provides an unprecedented and extraordinary view of these events – both catastrophic and constructive – that have shaped our world and our universe.


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Duration 18 min
Target audience All age groups, general public, students
Technology Fully 3D animated fulldome video based on science data
Orientation Unidirectional and concentric seating versions
Production/year American Museum of Natural History, 2006
Languages English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, ask for other languages

Cosmic Collisions was developed by the American Museum of Natural History, New York ( in collaboration with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science; GOTO, Inc., Tokyo, Japan; and the Shanghai Science & Technology Museum. Cosmic Collisions was created by the American Museum of Natural History with the major support and partnership of NASA, Science Mission Directorate, Heliophysics Division.