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Global thunder tribe

Yamanashi Prefectural Science Center (2004)

Design direction for the computer graphic visualization of thunder and lightning data used in the program Global Thunder Tribe at the Yamanashi Prefectural Science Center planetarium.

The visualization represents thunder and lightning activity occurring throughout the world over the course of three days in summer 2001, as detected by two antennas set up by Tohoku University in Japan and Australia. Although it reflects only major bursts of thunder and lightning, it shows us there is thunder and lightning activity emerging from clouds somewhere in the world at any given moment.Computer graphics: Yukio Ando (exa)

The program was planned by the Science Center curator Mariko Takahashi, who being in charge of the planetarium generally guides tours of the star-filled heavens inside the dome.
In addition to this program, she also planned and produced the Aurora Story (2001), revolving around the Alaska-based photographer Michio Hoshino, and plans planetarium-related workshops and events.

The computer graphics were produced by Yukio Ando, who also worked with use in producing the Minatomirai project COLORS.

Shown: 2004.7.18 – 2005.1.10

Planning: Mariko Takahashi (Yamanashi Prefectural Science Center)
Supervision/Data: Yukihiro Takahashi (Tohoku University, Department of Geophysics)

Design direction and planning: Living World
Computer graphics: Yukio Ando (exa)
Sound: Kazuo Nogawa (Field and Stream)

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