Museum of the Rockies presents original planetarium show about recent detection of gravitational waves

For the newest show at the Taylor Planetarium, the Museum of the Rockies has teamed up with departments at MSU to create an awe-inspiring show about gravitational waves. “Einstein’s Gravity Playlist” is a joint effort by the Taylor Planetarium, the eXtreme Gravity Institute, the School of Music at MSU, and the School of Film and Photography. The show has already gained recognition with future projections planned in Washington, Texas, and Germany.


Despite dealing with complicated scientific theories and demonstrations, one does not need to be a physics scholar to enjoy the show. “Einstein’s Gravity Playlist” stars Lucia, a grad student studying gravitational waves. She excitedly explains key concepts that allow the layman to understand important advancements that are being made in the study of gravity.


The film compares gravitational waves to ocean waves. Just as one can hear the crashing of waves in the middle of the sea, gravitational waves can also be heard. Using the sounds of recorded gravitational waves, MSU’s School of Music composed the soundtrack to the show with the recordings as the focal points.


“Einstein’s Gravity Playlist” comes after the first detection of gravitational waves in February 2016. the eXtreme Gravity Institute played an important role in this groundbreaking discovery that has had a profound impact on modern gravity theory. Over a century ago, Albert Einstein theorized that gravity behaved as a wave but could never provide substantial evidence.


After decades of work, a team of over 1,000 scientists from around the world observed the gravitational waves of two black holes colliding. Among these scientists was MSU’s eXtreme Gravity Institute Co-director Neil Cornish. Cornish was integral in discovering these gravitational waves that have helped the world more easily understand the fabric of the universe.


The state-of-the-art Taylor Planetarium provides an excellent location for the show as it uses cutting-edge technology of which few planetariums around the world can boast. Fitted with two Digistar 5 projectors, “Einstein’s Gravity Playlist” is displayed in stunning clarity and vivid colors.


“Einstein’s Gravity Playlist” plays every day at 1:00 p.m. at the Museum of the Rockies located at 600 W Kagy Blvd, Bozeman, MT 59717. Tickets are $10.00 for MSU students, $14.50 for adults, $9.50 for kids aged 5-17, free for children 4 and under and $13.50 for senior citizens.