ZEISS UNIVIEW Application Examples

Short Presentations rendered in fulldome format

These videos were produced for ZEISS by John Lakey, former head of the McDonnell Planetarium in Saint Louis, USA and are related to the ZEISS Uniview versions. 

The Aurora Borealis from a perspective in space

Here we see the Earth from space. Our perspective is looking down from above the Earth's northern hemisphere. As we zoom in and rotate around to the Earth's night side we start to see the phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis, the northern lights, come into view.

The seasons in the northern hemisphere

In this video we follow the Earth in its annual path around the Sun. While the Earth's axis remains relatively stationary with respect to the distant stars as the planet orbits, its revolution around the sun changes the orientation of its axis with respect to the Sun.

The seasons from above Earth's hemisphere

Our perspective is locked onto the Earth from directly above the Earth's northern hemisphere. We begin on the date of the northern hemisphere's vernal equinox and follow the Earth as it orbits the sun.

Moon phases from space

In this video we will be taking a look at what we tend to think of as the four main phases of the Moon but from the perspective of space and we will begin by looking at the positions of the Moon, Earth and Sun at new Moon.

Sun through the Zodiac

As the Earth revolves around the Sun it traces out an imaginary plane called the ecliptic. This plane of the ecliptic intersects with the constellations of the zodiac on the celestial sphere.

Earth through the Zodiac

In this video we will follow the Earth in its orbit around the Sun but from a perspective on the opposite side of the Sun from the Earth.

Earth Venus spin orbit

With the help of radial grids extending out from each planet we can easily observe the differences in the respective rotational speeds and directions of rotation.

Mercury orbital properties

In this video we follow Mercury through two complete solar cycles. On Mercury one solar day is equal to three sidereal days. Mercury its tidally locked into a 3:2 spin-orbit resonance.

Opposition of Mars from space

Roughly every 26 months the Earth catches up with Mars as it orbits the Sun more quickly than the red planet. When this happens the two planets arrive at their closest approach with each other forming a nearly straight line with the Sun. In this video we observe one of these close approaches from the point of view of space.

Stellar neighborhood in the Milky Way

As we fly out of our solar system and gradually move further away from our home star, we observe how the familiar shapes of Ursa Major, Orion and Perseus change. We are now out among the stars, light years away from our Sun and moving at impossible speeds.