Cosmic Collisions, narrated by Robert Redford, launches visitors on a thrilling trip through space and time to explore celestial smashups that cause dramatic change in the universe. Audiences experience the explosive encounters that shaped our solar system, changed the course of life on Earth, and continue to transform our galaxy.
Witness the violent face of our Sun, ejecting enormous streams of charged particles that produce the eerie glow of the aurora. Then look on as a wandering planetoid collides with Earth over four billion years ago to create the Moon. Another collision, a violent meeting of two stars at the edge of the galaxy, foretells the future collision of our Milky Way Galaxy with our closest neighboring spiral, the Andromeda Galaxy. This cosmic crash will produce a new giant elliptical galaxy billions of years from now.
The ground seems to shake from another collision that hastened the end of the age of dinosaurs 65 million years ago and cleared the way for mammals to thrive. Another dramatic sequence highlights a frightening future scenario in which humanity desperately attempts to divert the path of an oncoming “doomsday” asteroid headed on a collision course with Earth.
Cosmic collisions have defined our past and are shaping our future. The Cosmic Collisions show also provides an introduction to many experiences in the Museum’s new Hall of Paleontology.