Microcosm HMNS Planetarium

Virtual Voyage Through the Human Body

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to explore the eye, navigate through the brain or hang on as blood surges past you from the heart’s valves, this fantastic voyage is for you. You’ll travel through a cell, into the nucleus, and watch as a virus attacks.

In Microcosm an armada of nanoshells, displayed as yellow submarines, sets out in the blood stream, through the eye, ear and brain, in search of a deadly virus. The virus is found, a fierce battle wages over the Planetarium dome, and the patient is saved.

Microcosm uses the latest discoveries of nanoscale science to create a voyage that is realistic and possible for inner space probes only a few nanometers wide. The experience is incredible, but so is the technology that has made imaging at this scale a reality. Audiences learn about using superconductors to measure magnetic fields outside the body and about deploying gold nanoshells to the sites of tumors or infections.

Microcosm is produced in conjunction with Evans & Sutherland Corporation with collaboration and support from the Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology, the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering at Rice University, and the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston.

Music and Score by Shai Fishman
Mix and Post Production - Fish-i Studios

PLEASE NOTE: Microcosm is not currently showing in the Burke Baker Planetarium at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. See Today's Schedule.

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