Secrets of the Universe 3D

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This movie will be shown in 3D. For the safety of our guests, all 3D glasses are cleaned and sanitized before every use.

NOW PLAYING - Discover the start of the universe in this exciting movie, Secrets of the Universe 3D. Travel with physicist Manuel Calderón de la Barca Sánchez as he journeys to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Witness an experiment which takes you back to within a millionth of a second after the Big Bang! Brilliantly executed computer graphics will illustrate the enormously powerful collider as protons rush at virtually the speed of light to a collision that duplicates the conditions of the start of the universe. Join Dr. Manuel Calderón de la Barca Sánchez and his team of scientists who are attempting to verify new theories about the very nature of atoms which could possibly lead to insights that could someday enable new clean energy solutions, or other planet saving ideas.  Runtime: 42 minutes

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Close-Up of Scientist viewing LHC in Secrets of the Universe 3D
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How can you see the Universe in the moments after it came into being? What was its temperature? What was it made of? How fast did it expand and how did it change over time? These questions are the focus of the new IMAX movie Secrets of the Universe 3D which, to this observer, is one of the most exciting IMAX features in the last 20 years. Secrets of the Universe is a winner and it’s for the entire family.

The movie centers on the work of a diverse group of senior scientists and their graduate students who have assembled from all over the world to conduct experiments using the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland. Located 100 meters underground, it’s the most powerful particle accelerator in the world and it uses a series of electromagnets to accelerate charged particles to near light speed. Sending beams of particles in opposite directions, the collisions that result produce a mind-boggling array of “explosive” interactions that the film captures brilliantly with some of the most exciting graphics ever created for the giant screen. The images of the Large Hadron Collider itself, a truly monstrous machine of enormous complexity, surpass anything that I’ve seen in the most advanced sci-fi movie. This machine, at heart a delicate and extraordinarily precise scientific instrument, is dauting in size and the IMAX medium captures it like nothing else possibly could.

But this superb movie doesn’t limit its scope to the research at CERN in Switzerland. It includes a series of sidebar narratives that show seminal moments in scientific discovery across a number of fields—all of which aim to extend our human senses so that we can experience and understand that which we cannot see with our unaided eyes. From the work of Charles Darwin and his Earth-shaking pronouncement of the theory of evolution of species to Leeuwenhoek’s 17th Century discovery of microbial organisms within a drop of otherwise “clear” water, this movie takes us on an inspiring journey of discovery. How can we possibly know what we know and what does it really take to crack the secrets of the universe.

Don’t miss this exciting and important 3D movie now playing in IMAX with Laser.

Kenneth E. Phillips, Ph.D., Curator for Aerospace Science

California Science Center

Secrets of the Universe 3D Showtimes 
NOW - OCTOBER 18 View Details

Mondays - Fridays: 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: 4:00 p.m.

OCTOBER 19 - DECEMBER 31 View Details

12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

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The Official Trailer of Secrets of the Universe 3D
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Close-up of Dr. Manuel Calderón de la Barca Sánchez

Close-up of Dr. Manuel Calderón de la Barca Sánchez

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Six astrophysicists taking a photo with Manuel Calderon de la Barca Sanchez in Secrets of the Universe 3D
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A part of an engine in Secrets of the Universe 3D
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Four astrophysicists inspecting an engine in Secrets of the Universe 3D
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A couple of astrophysicists working in Secrets of the Universe 3D
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Physicist Manuel Calderon de la Barca Sanchez reviewing books in Secrets of the Universe 3D
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Six astrophysicists taking a photo with Manuel Calderon de la Barca Sanchez in Secrets of the Universe 3D
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A part of an engine in Secrets of the Universe 3D
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Four astrophysicists inspecting an engine in Secrets of the Universe 3D
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A couple of astrophysicists working in Secrets of the Universe 3D
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Manuel Calderon de la Barca Sanchez
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Physicist Manuel Calderon de la Barca Sanchez reviewing books in Secrets of the Universe 3D
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