Phantom of the Universe - The Hunt for Dark Matter

Phantom of the Universe: a free planetarium show that showcases the exploration of dark matter, from the Big Bang to galaxies to the Large Hadron Collider.

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Type: Feature show
Genre: Documentary
Release date: January 2017

Produced by:
Directed by: Michael Barnett



Honorable Mention for Outstanding and Innovative Production
International Fulldome Festival


“Phantom of the Universe” is a new planetarium show that showcases an exciting exploration of dark matter, from the Big Bang to its anticipated discovery at the Large Hadron Collider. The show is offered to planetariums worldwide free of charge. It is currently in 600 planetariums in 67 countries (and 42 American states) and is available in 22 languages.

The show reveals the first hints of its existence through the eyes of Fritz Zwicky, the scientist who coined the term “dark matter.” It describes the astral choreography witnessed by Vera Rubin in the Andromeda galaxy and then plummets deep underground to see the most sensitive dark matter detector on Earth, housed in a former gold mine.

From there, it journeys across space and time to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, speeding alongside particles before they collide in visually stunning explosions of light and sound, while learning how scientists around the world are collaborating to track down the constituents of dark matter.


You can get this show from:
European Southern Observatory – ESO Supernova Planetarium

Show details

Shorter version runtime : 25 minutes
Full version runtime: 28 minutes
Suitable for: General audience
Target audience: 6 - 13, 14 - 18, Adults
License: Free
Resource & materials: Poster

Technical specifications

Video format: Fulldome
Resolution: 1K, 2K, 4K
Frame rate: 30 fps
Show orientation: Panoramic
Stereo 3D: None
Production technologies: CG
Audio format: Stereo, 5.1, 7.1
Languages: English, German, Cantonese, Chinese, Czech, Finnish, French, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Others, Mandarin, Lithuanian

Production & Support



Screened at 22 dome theaters and counting...


The show covers dark matter from the Big Bang to galaxies to a deep underground experiment to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The show has sound from an Academy Award winning team at Skywalker Sound, and the English version features Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton as narrator. It is available in 18 languages.