Astronomy, Nature & Sciences

Life: A Cosmic Story

How did life on Earth begin?

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About this show

This tantalizing question forms the basis of this California Academy of Science's Morrison Planetarium show. Narrated by Jodie Foster, Life launches the audience on a journey through time, witnessing key events since the Big Bang, that set the stage for life. Life features scientific visualizations including a power-of-ten dive into a redwood tree to show photosynthesis and demonstrate the interconnectedness of all life on the molecular level.



25 min

Target Audience

General public, families, school groups


Educational and inspirational fulldome video from 3D computer animated graphics


Unidirectional; suitable for concentric seating


California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco | 2016


English, German, Japanese, ask for other languages

Technical Data

up to 4k, 29.97 fps, non-stereo, 5.1 surround sound