Solar Superstorms

Solar Superstorms

Solar Superstorms

Genre: Animation
Rating: out of 5 0
Reviews: 0
Produced by: Advanced Visualization Lab at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Spitz Creative Media, Thomas Lucas Productions
Directed by:
Release date: June 2015
Type: Feature show
Plot keywords: astronomy astrophysics light science solar system stars sun

A fury is building on the surface of the Sun – high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave that reaches 100,000 kilometers high, rising loops of electrified gas. What’s driving these strange phenomena? How will they affect planet Earth? Find the answers as we venture into the seething interior of our star.

Solar Superstorms is a major new production that takes viewers into the tangle of magnetic fields and superhot plasma that vent the Sun’s rage in dramatic flares, violent solar tornadoes, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: Coronal Mass Ejections.

The show features one of the most intensive efforts ever made to visualize the inner workings of the sun, including a series of groundbreaking scientific visualizations computed on the giant new supercomputing initiative, Blue Waters, based at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), University of Illinois.

Brace yourself for the onslaught of the next… Solar Superstorm.

A co-production of Spitz Creative Media, NCSA’s Advanced Visualization Lab, and Thomas Lucas Productions, Inc., in association with the Fiske Planetarium at the University of Colorado (Boulder).
This project has been made possible with support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Film Office, and with funding by the National Science Foundation.

Running time: 24 minutes

Solar Superstorms explores related content including:

The Earth-Sun relationship
Importance of magnetic fields in space
The nature of polar auroras
Space weather and the threat to communications and power networks
Monitoring solar behavior

Now playing in 15 countries, in 10+ languages.


ADD award!
Honorable Mention
Espinho Fulldome Festival
Honorable Mention
Jena Fulldome Festival
Audience Award for Best Movie
IPS Brno Fulldome Festival


Full Show

You can buy this show from:

Evans & Sutherland Spitz Creative Media Fulldome Film Society

Details and Specs

Long version runtime: 24 min
Suitable for: general audience
Target audience: 14 - 18, adults
Resource & materials: guide for educators, poster
License: ticket share, traditional license
Official site:
Video format: fulldome, spherical mirror projection
Resolution: 1K, 2K, 3K, 4K
Frame rate: 30 fps
Audio format: 5.1, stereo
Stereo 3D: none
Production technologies: CG, green screen, live action, time-lapse photography
Available languages: Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Spanish
Show orientation: unidirectional

Production and Support

TAG Organizations!

Produced by

Supported by


TAG yourself!


Spitz Creative Media


Spitz Creative Media


Spitz Creative Media

Screened in 21 dome theatres

TAG Theatres!

Community Reviews

ADD your review!
No reviews available.
Be the first to review this show!

Sort content by