A digital journey past the Milky Method

“Christmas tree” antennae in “Past the Milky Method”.

THE Nationwide Museum of Australia is cooking up a Boxing Day deal with with a brand new digital actuality expertise designed to takes guests past the Milky Method.

“Past the Milky Method” is an an immersive 360° digital actuality cinema expertise by filmmaker Briege Whitehead of White Spark Footage, whose movie “The Antarctica Expertise” can also be being proven on the museum.

“Past the Milky Method” could have its east-coast premiere on the NMA, from which it can take viewers, armed with VR headsets, to the radio-quiet WA outback to find the SKA, the world’s largest radio telescopes. However they don’t appear to be something you’ve seen earlier than – some elements even appear to be Christmas timber.

Spider-like antennae.

The UK-based SKA venture goals to construct the world’s largest and most succesful radio telescopes and at the moment includes 16 nations. Australia could have 131,072 antennas, every two metres tall and formed like a Christmas tree, receiving low-frequency radio waves. South Africa could have 197 dish antennas, receiving mid-frequency radio waves. The SKA can be 10 instances extra delicate and far sooner at surveying galaxies than any present radio telescopes.

“Past the Milky Method” takes guests on a tour of Inyarrimanha Ilgari Bundara, CSIRO’s Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory, the place the SKA-Low telescope is being constructed, and out into the universe utilizing devices already on web site. They hear from astronomers who will use the SKA, in addition to the Wajarri Yamaji folks, who’ve been observing the celebrities for tens of hundreds of years.

The White Spark staff filmed with 360° cameras, custom-built drone and timelapse rigs, and pioneered new manufacturing applied sciences.

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In “The Antarctica Expertise”, museum guests journey to the coldest place on earth, stroll amongst penguins, gaze on the colors of the Southern Lights and to fly over and land on frozen landscapes from a helicopter.

“Past the Milky Method” and “The Antarctica Expertise”, NMA, Acton, December 26. Periods are about half-hour a movie.


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Ian Meikle, editor