Computer Graphics
TU Braunschweig

IDEAS: Immersive Dome Experiences for Accelerating Science


Astrophysics lies at the crossroads of big datasets (such as the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and Gaia), open source software to visualize and interpret high dimensional datasets (such as Glue, WorldWide Telescope, and OpenSpace), and uniquely skilled software engineers who bridge data science and research fields. At the same time, more than 4,000 planetariums across the globe immerse millions of visitors in scientific data. We have identified the potential for critical synergy across data, software, hardware, locations, and content that -- if prioritized over the next decade -- will drive discovery in astronomical research. Planetariums can and should be used for the advancement of scientific research. Current facilities such as the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Morrison Planetarium in San Francisco, the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome Research Consortium in Cape Town, and Visualization Center C in Norrkoping are already developing software which ingests catalogs of astronomical and multi-disciplinary data critical for exploration research primarily for the purpose of creating scientific storylines for the general public. We propose a transformative model whereby scientists become the audience and explorers in planetariums, utilizing software for their own investigative purposes. In this manner, research benefits from the authentic and unique experience of data immersion contained in an environment bathed in context and equipped for collaboration. Consequently, in this white paper we argue that over the next decade the research astronomy community should partner with planetariums to create visualization-based research opportunities for the field. Realizing this vision will require new investments in software and human capital.


Author(s):Jacqueline Faherty, Mark Subbarao, Ryan Wyatt, Anders Ynnerman, Neil de Grasse Tyson, Aaron Geller, Maria Weber, Philip Rosenfield, Wolfgang Steffen, Gabriel Stoeckle, Daniel Weiskopf, Marcus Magnor, Peter Williams, Brian Abbott, Lucia Marchetti, Thomas Jarrett, Jonathan Fay, Joshua Peek, Or Graur, Patrick Durrell, Derek Homeier, Heather Preston, Thomas Müller, Johanna M Vos, David Brown, Paige Gloria Godfrey, Emily Rice, Daniella Bardalez Gagliuffi, Alexander Bock
Published:July 2019
Type:Misc
Howpublished:arXiv preprint @ Dagstuhl Seminar 2019
Presented at:Dagstuhl Seminar (Dagstuhl) 2019
Note:https://arxiv.org/abs/1907.05383
Project(s): Astrophysical Modeling and Visualization 


@misc{faherty2019ideas,
  title = {{IDEAS}: Immersive Dome Experiences for Accelerating Science},
  author = {Faherty, Jacqueline and Subbarao, Mark and Wyatt, Ryan and Ynnerman, Anders and Tyson, Neil de Grasse  and Geller, Aaron and Weber, Maria and Rosenfield, Philip and Steffen, Wolfgang and Stoeckle, Gabriel and Weiskopf, Daniel and Magnor, Marcus and Williams, Peter and Abbott, Brian and Marchetti, Lucia and Jarrett, Thomas and Fay, Jonathan and Peek, Joshua and Graur, Or and Durrell, Patrick and Homeier, Derek and Preston, Heather and M{\"u}ller, Thomas and Vos, Johanna M and Brown, David and Godfrey, Paige Gloria and Rice, Emily and Gagliuffi, Daniella Bardalez  and Bock, Alexander},
  howpublished = {arXiv preprint @ Dagstuhl Seminar 2019},
  note = {https://arxiv.org/abs/1907.05383},
  pages = {1--10},
  month = {Jul},
  year = {2019}
}

Authors

  • Jacqueline Faherty

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  • Mark Subbarao

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  • Ryan Wyatt

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  • Neil de Grasse Tyson

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  • Aaron Geller

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  • Maria Weber

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  • Philip Rosenfield

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  • Wolfgang Steffen

    Fmr. Visiting Researcher
  • Gabriel Stoeckle

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  • Daniel Weiskopf

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  • Marcus Magnor

    Head of Institute
  • Peter Williams

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  • Brian Abbott

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  • Lucia Marchetti

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  • Thomas Jarrett

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  • Jonathan Fay

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  • Joshua Peek

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  • Or Graur

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  • Patrick Durrell

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  • Derek Homeier

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  • Heather Preston

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  • Thomas Müller

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  • Johanna M Vos

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  • David Brown

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  • Paige Gloria Godfrey

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  • Emily Rice

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  • Daniella Bardalez Gagliuffi

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  • Alexander Bock

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