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Sunset Meditation

Enjoy a free guided fulldome meditation experience from Ball State University with the program "Sunset Meditation."

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Type: Feature show
Genre: Documentary
Release date: October 2019

Directed by: Dayna Thompson




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How do STEM workers, including NASA professionals, cope with stress? Exercise is one way. Physical activity and fitness has been discussed in many NASA outreach efforts. However outreach efforts regarding other branches of health: emotional, psychological, and social well-being are lacking. Given that jobs come with stress, a global understanding the science of stress and learning a healthy way to cope with it helps with the wellbeing of employees, job productivity, employee retention, etc. Meditation is a powerful tool for maintaining psychological health and resilience. Since the planetarium offers a dark and quiet space for relaxation, it is the perfect place for meditation.

Enjoy a free guided meditation experience from Ball State University with the program “Sunset Meditation.” View an amazing sunset as you travel from the Grand Canyon to the North Pole. Then relax under a night sky filled with stars – and even glimpses of the Northern Lights.

This program was developed as part of the Ball State University Meditation Partnership which provides meditation and mindfulness programs for campus and community members to improve mental health and resilience. Ball State’s Meditation Partnership is a collaboration between Working Well, Counseling Center, Office of Health, Alcohol, and Drug Education, Museum of Art, Orchid Garden, and the Planetarium working toward improving well-being on campus through meditation.


Directed & Narrated by Dayna Thompson
Guided Meditation Written by Timothy Hess, PhD, HSPP
Introduction Written by Dayna Thompson
Music by Luke R. Mitchell
Script Edited by Emily Hromi, Patricia Latus, Amanda McErlean, Elizabeth Peeler
SkyExplorerV4 programming by Dayna Thompson
The Milky Way Panorama by ESO / S. Brunier
Produced and Rendered using SkyExplorer by RSA Cosmos

The material is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Ball State University © 2019


You can get this show from:
Charles W. Brown Planetarium, Ball State University

Show details

Shorter version runtime : not available
Full version runtime: 23 minutes
Suitable for: 14+
Target audience: 14 - 18, Adults
License: Free
Resource & materials: Poster

Technical specifications

Video format: Fulldome, Oculus Rift / VR devices
Resolution: 2K, 4K
Frame rate: 30 fps
Show orientation: Unidirectional
Stereo 3D: None
Production technologies: CG
Audio format: Stereo, 5.1
Languages: English, German, French, Portuguese, Spanish

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