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Rising Star

A fulldome and virtual reality film about past, current and future developments in South African astronomy. The first of its kind to be produced in Africa.

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Type: Feature show
Genre: Documentary
Release date: March 2020

Produced by: VR Capture
Directed by: Telmo Reis




“Rising Star” takes you on an astronomical journey from our beginnings through the development of astronomy research in South Africa and looks at what the future of astronomy holds for the country.

In addition to introducing multi-wavelength and multi-messenger astronomy, it highlights the many remarkable facilities hosted in South Africa along with some of their latest results. This includes unrestricted views of the 10-metre class Southern African Large Telescope and the most powerful radio telescope in the Southern Hemisphere, MeerKAT.

The film is accessible to all ages and aims to excite audiences from around the world about South African astronomy while inspiring the next generation of astronomers. As the first of its kind to be produced in Africa, Rising Star hopes to stimulate the production of many more locally-produced planetarium films from multidisciplinary fields, with the goal of popularising Africa’s numerous scientific achievements.


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

Show details

Shorter version runtime : not available
Full version runtime: 24 minutes
Suitable for: General audience
Target audience: 14 - 18, Adults
License: Free
Resource & materials: Poster, Source files

Technical specifications

Video format: Fulldome
Resolution: 4K, 8K
Frame rate: 30 fps
Show orientation: Unidirectional
Stereo 3D: None
Production technologies: CG, Live action, Still photography, Time-lapse photography
Audio format: Stereo, 5.1
Languages: English

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Screened at 4 dome theaters and counting...


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