Impacts - A virtual Reality Experience

Free Planetarium Dome and Virtual Reality Show!

The WorldWide Telescope team has produced a virtual reality and dome experience on the subject of impacts in our Solar System. This show can be used for free in virtual reality (VR) systems - currently Oculus Rift, domes running WWT and flat screens. The show includes a narration and original music soundtrack and brings your audiences to the locations of impacts in the past several billion years. Made for VR and domes, the show creates new levels of immersion to bring the visitor to the surfaces of bodies in our Solar System as well as a tour of the International Space Station. The senses of immersion and physical presence in the virtual environments are especially powerful using Oculus Rift VR device. Moreover, the show illustrates how WorldWide Telescope can be used in high level production. Additionally, the components of the show are made available for adaptation, customization and re-use.

The presentation can be done using the voice of the recorded narrator or you can have a presenter deliver the narration live. The script has been translated into several languages. If you can help out with other language translations we'd love to host the translated script with proper translation accreditation.

Each scene is a separate slide and many can be used as a standalone module on specific topics:

  • International Space Station
  • Asteroid impacts on Earth from 2000-2013
  • Flights over various impact craters
  • Asteroid distribution and belts

These slides are broken out and provided below.

Soon the team will be publishing specific how-to guides on how to use some of the new, advanced features of WWT to do:

  • 3d model importing and animation
  • Advanced uses of timeline editor
  • Authoring in VR


Show Credits

Produced, Written and Directed by
Doug Roberts, Ph.D.

Original Music Composed and Performed by
Chris Richko

English Narrator
Jonathan Fay

Science Advisor
Brett W. Denevi, Ph.D.

3D Modeling
Patrick McPike

WorldWide Telescope Team
Dan Fay
Jonathan Fay
Jessika Gebauer
Ron Gilchrist
Henry Honig
Nils Kock
Ben Kunz
Curtis Wong


All-Sky Background
Digitized Sky Survey (Color), Copyright DSS Consortium

Asteroid 433 Eros
NASA, Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) Mission

International Space Station (ISS)
Toshiyuki Takahei

Bing Maps

Asteroid Impacts 2000-2013
B612 Foundation

NASA, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Mission

NASA/USGS/Malin Space Science System/JPL, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Mission

NASA/Johns Hopkins University APL/Carnegie Institution, MESSENGER Mission

International Astronomical Union (IAU)
Minor Planets Center (MPC)

Single-Topic Slides

When the full Impacts tour was produced it was created in a way that would enable reuse of components of the show. We have broken out most of the slides here with their own narration and music audio. In some cases – ISS and Asteroid Impacts on Earth 2000-2013 – we have made versions specific for specific display environments (e.g., VR vs. flat screen). For the other topics the same slide can be used in any venue. The narration for all slides is the same as for the show and you can refer to the complete script for more details.

International Space Station

International Space Station Slide

Asteroid Impacts on Earth 2000-2013

Asteroid Impacts on Earth 2000-2013 Slide

Meteor Crater Flyover

Meteor Crater Flyover Slide

Manicouagan Crater Flyover

Manicouagan Crater Flyover Slide

Moon - Tycho Crater Flyover

Moon - Tycho Crater Flyover Slide

Mars - Gale Crater Flyover

Mars - Gale Crater Flyover Slide

Mercury – Caloris Basin Flyover

Mercury – Caloris Basin Flyover Slide

Asteroid Belts Exploration

Asteroid Belts Exploration Slide