The Sun, Our Living Star

"The Sun, Our Living Star" reveals the impact our star has on every aspect of our lives here on Earth. A fulldome show for planetariums & digital dome theatres.

3 user reviews
Type: Feature show
Genre: Documentary
Release date: September 2018



Best Science Popularising Show
Reflections of the Universe


The Sun has shone on our world for four and a half billion years. The light that warms our skin today has been felt by every person who has ever lived. It is our nearest star and our planet’s powerhouse, the source of the energy that drives our winds, our weather and all life.

The passage of the Sun’s fiery disc across the sky — day by day, month by month — was the only way to keep track of time for countless past civilizations. Don’t be fooled by the terminology; although it is a typical dwarf star, the Sun consumes 600 million tons of hydrogen each second and is 500 times as massive as all the planets combined.

Discover the secrets of our star in this planetarium show and experience never-before-seen images of the Sun’s violent surface in immersive fulldome format. Our team has worked with some of the most talented planetarium producers to bring you this visually striking planetarium show about the most important star in our lives.


You can get this show from:
European Southern Observatory – ESO Supernova Planetarium
DELTA Sp.J. Krentowski, Hus

Show details

Shorter version runtime : not available
Full version runtime: 25 minutes
Suitable for: General audience
Target audience: 6 - 13, 14 - 18, Adults
License: Free
Resource & materials: Poster, Source files

Technical specifications

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

Production & Support

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Screened at 9 dome theaters and counting...


Very attractive, as all of the "Theo shows" are, inspirational video and uplifting music with light British narration for the English-language version. Much appreciated, ESO! We use many ESO shows for educational outreach, and this is a good one with up-to-date solar info for the release date.

Ends on a TERRIBLE note. Goes against all educational guides. Leaves guests feeling doom and gloom and I've had many people ask me if there was screaming at the end of the show. It sounded like it to me. There are some great visuals and information and had the show been reordered a little bit it could've been a 5 star show!

Very good show. We ran it for about five months and had some good comments about it from the public. Thanks to ESO for producing FREE shows!!