Learn the secrets of the "rainforests of the sea" with the latest original planetarium show at the California Academy of Sciences.

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March 27, 2018

Now Showing: Expedition Reef at the California Academy of Sciences

Now open, Expedition Reef is the latest original planetarium show at the California Academy of Sciences. Learn the secrets of the "rainforests of the sea" as Expedition Reef reveals in exquisite detail the breathtaking beauty and biodiversity of coral reefs, and the scientists taking action to restore them.

About Expedition Reef

A technological tour-de-force, the all-digital Expedition Reef is an oceanic safari of the world's most vibrant yet endangered marine ecosystems. Taking full advantage of the Morrison Planetarium's full-dome screen to immerse visitors in the undersea adventure, the presentation allows guests to discover how corals grow, feed, reproduce, and support over 25% of all marine life on Earth, while facing unprecedented threats from climate change, habitat destruction, and over-fishing. Get a preview of the exhibition here.

The Academy's Visualization Studio, VizStudio, worked closely with scientists to ensure that every pixel displayed in Expedition Reef's schools of fish is scientifically accurate. Inspired by the digital renderings, the Academy's Dr. Rebecca Albright continues to explore how computer modeling could assist in future coral reef research and restoration efforts. Click here for a behind-the-scenes look.

With a run-time of just over 26 minutes, Expedition Reef took 18 months to produce. There are over 13 million pixels per frame, at 30 frames per second, with 57 species depicted (not including the corals!).

After the show, make sure to visit the Steinhart Aquarium's 212,000-gallon, 25-foot deep Philippine Coral Reef exhibit and be dazzled by the thousands of colorful fish and towering coral colonies.

About the California Academy of Sciences

A planetarium, aquarium, and natural history museum all under one living roof, the California Academy of Sciences is conveniently located inside Golden Gate Park. For more information on Expedition Reef, including showtimes, and information on the Academy's on-going commitment to researching and restoring coral reefs worldwide, click here.

Planetarium show tickets are included in the price of general admission and can be reserved at the planetarium kiosk once inside the Academy.

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