Birth of Planet Earth

The Birth of Planet Earth poster

Narrated by Richard Dormer.
Birth of Planet Earth tells the twisted tale of our planet’s origins.

Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to a billion planets roughly the size of our own. The film employs advanced, data-driven, cinematic-quality visualizations to explore some of the greatest questions in science today: How did Earth become a living planet in the wake of our solar system’s violent birth? What does its history tell us about our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like?

Produced by Spitz Inc., NCSA’s Advanced Visualization Lab, Thomas Lucas Productions, Inc., in association with Tellus Science Museum.

This project has been made possible with support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Greater Philadelphia Film Office;
funded in part by the National Science Foundation.

2019

Director’s Award

IPS Brno Fulldome Festival

2019

Best Astronomical Visualizations

Reflections of the Universe Fulldome Festival

2019

Official Selection

Macon Film Festival

2019

Official Selection

Astra Film Festival,
Romania

2019

Official Selection

Immersive Film Festival,
Espinho, Portugal

2019

Best Soundtrack

Immersive Film Festival,
Espinho, Portugal

2019

Honorable Mention

“For the value of the work as a whole”
Immersive Film Festival,
Espinho, Portugal

2019

Best Educational Dome Film

DTLA Film Festival,
Los Angeles, CA

2019

Photosynthesis in a Chromatophore

Official Selection
SIGGRAPH Electronic Theater

2019

Photosynthesis in a Chromatophore

Scientific Visualization & Data Analytics Showcase Award
Supercommputing

2019

Photosynthesis in a Chromatophore

Official Selection
SIGGRAPH Asia Electronic Theater

2019

The Collision that Formed the Moon

Official Selection
SIGGRAPH Asia Electronic Theater

Suitable for: College, General Audiences, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
Available languages: Czech, English, German, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian
Covered subject areas: Cosmology, Earth Science, Life Science & Nature, Solar System, Space Science & Astronomy
Runtime: 24 minutes
Release date: 2019

Educational Materials


Educators Guide
Science White Paper
Flatscreen video script
Dome show video script


Visualization Excerpts


Birth of Planet Earth News

"Birth of Planet Earth" premieres March 28 at *Zeiss Großplanetarium in Germany. (*site is in German) with the first public showing on March 30 at Das Planetarium am Insulaner, Berlin.

Mar 27, 2019: Spitz Inc press release, Berlin’s Zeiss-Großplanetarium hosts world premiere for the latest collaboration between Spitz, NCSA, and Thomas Lucas Productions – “Birth of Planet Earth”

Mar 28, 2019: Fulldome Database: Fulldome Show "Birth of Planet Earth" had its World Premiere in Berlin

Mar 29, 2019: NCSA, NCSA VISUALIZATION TEAM CO-PRODUCES BIRTH OF PLANET EARTH

May 07, 2019: InPark Magazine, “Birth of Planet Earth” explores the celestial events that prepared Earth for supporting life.