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The cosmic glow of the Carina Nebula, which contains two of the most massive and luminous stars in our Milky Way galaxy, as featured in Hidden Universe.
The cosmic glow of the Carina Nebula, which contains two of the most massive and luminous stars in our Milky Way galaxy, as featured in Hidden Universe.
The celestial hues of the Crab Nebula, a supernova remnant in the constellation of Taurus, captured in Hidden Universe.
The celestial hues of the Crab Nebula, a supernova remnant in the constellation of Taurus, captured in Hidden Universe.
A molten portrait of our Sun, a star at the center of our solar system, as seen in Hidden Universe.
A molten portrait of our Sun, a star at the center of our solar system, as seen in Hidden Universe.
Hidden Universe showcases the hypnotizing spiral figure of the Whirlpool Galaxy, our “neighboring” galaxy over 31 million light-years away.
Hidden Universe showcases the hypnotizing spiral figure of the Whirlpool Galaxy, our “neighboring” galaxy over 31 million light-years away.
The eerie glow of the Cats Eye Nebula, one of the most structurally complex nebulae known, as seen in Hidden Universe.
The eerie glow of the Cats Eye Nebula, one of the most structurally complex nebulae known, as seen in Hidden Universe.
The Earth-like landscape of the Red Planet, recorded by the Mars Orbiter, as seen in Hidden Universe.
The Earth-like landscape of the Red Planet, recorded by the Mars Orbiter, as seen in Hidden Universe.
The car-sized Curiosity Rover is used to research the red planet’s climate and geology as part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission – and also stars in Hidden Universe.
The car-sized Curiosity Rover is used to research the red planet’s climate and geology as part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission – and also stars in Hidden Universe.
The Helix Nebula is 700 light-years away from Earth, but screened before audience’s eyes in Hidden Universe.
The Helix Nebula is 700 light-years away from Earth, but screened before audience’s eyes in Hidden Universe.
This pillar of gas and dust is evidence of star birth, as captured in Hidden Universe.
This pillar of gas and dust is evidence of star birth, as captured in Hidden Universe.
The N90 Nebula is a star-forming region found nearly 200,000 light-years from Earth. Radiation from the bright blue, newly formed stars is eroding the outer portions of the N90 from the inside, as seen in Hidden Universe.
The N90 Nebula is a star-forming region found nearly 200,000 light-years from Earth. Radiation from the bright blue, newly formed stars is eroding the outer portions of the N90 from the inside, as seen in Hidden Universe.

The giant IMAX adventure Hidden Universe takes audiences on an extraordinary journey deep into space. Through IMAX cinematography, the deepest reaches of our universe are brought to life with unprecedented clarity through stunning, high-resolution images captured by the world’s most powerful telescopes—seen on-screen for the first time. These dramatic images offer fresh insight into the origins and evolution of the universe.

Out-of-This-World Visuals

  • Explore the earliest galaxies and distant celestial objects, including captivating images of colorful gas nebulas.
  • Watch stars being born in vivid clouds of gas and dust.
  • Tour the surface of Mars through the most precise images of the Martian landscape ever caught on film.
  • Witness an intense image of our sun.

How Did They Do That?

Two telescopes were used to capture the dazzling images seen in Hidden Universe. These technological marvels, situated in Chile’s Atacama Desert, enable astronomers—and the film’s audiences—to see a world concealed from our view, revealing new insights about the cosmos.

The VLT (or Very Large Telescope), located at Paranal Observatory, is composed of four large optical telescopes that use lasers to create fake stars as a means to gauge the atmospheric distortion of received light. The ALMA telescope (or Atacama Large Millimeter Array) is actually 66 dishes connected to operate as one giant “eye on the sky.” ALMA sees into the darkest regions of space by capturing images with wavelengths outside visible light.

Production Notes

Narrated by Golden Globe winner Miranda Richardson, Hidden Universe is a December Cinema Productions film produced in association with Film Victoria, Swinburne University of Technology, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and MacGillivray Freeman Films.

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