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4B Synra Dome
[3D full-digital dome theater]

A creative space where science, technology and art meet

The 3D images of the entire skies projected in the Synra Dome produce a splendid sense of immersion.
At the Synra Dome, in addition to the stars of the universe and the galaxies, the world of DNA within cells and proteins, as well as the world of the earth’s water and life are all projected. These images are based on cutting-edge research results emanating from all sorts of research organizations, and play a vital role in linking researchers and the general public.

1. Science Live Show “UNIVERSE”

“UNIVERSE” is a science live show conducted by researchers at the forefront of their fields.
Using computer simulations and networks, the latest scientific topics in astronomy and other fields are introduced.
Real-time simulations show the collision of galaxies, delve into the world of molecules, and researchers invited from all sorts of fields talk about their findings and struggles.

Show times : every Saturday afternoon. The show lasts about 40minutes, and there is seating for up to 62 people.

1st show: 14:00.–    2nd show: 15:30–

Science Live Show “UNIVERSE”


2. Dome projection program

Enjoy also sorts of scientific topics with images spreading fully across a dome screen measuring 10 meters in diameter.
Three of the six daily shows are in 3D.

Show times : every Sunday to Friday except for the 3rd Sunday of every month. There is seating for up to 62 people.

10:30 – 10:45 Cosmic Discoveries (3D images)
11:15 – 11:30  Central Drama
12:45 – 13:00  Cosmic Discoveries
13:30 – 13:45  Searching for the Origins of Elements: the RIKEN RI Beam Factory (3D images)
14:15 – 14:22  Journey to the Centre of the Milky Way
15:00 – 15:15  Central Dogma(3D images)

*On certain 3rd Sundays the afternoon program is cancelled due to the hosting of Riken Day: Talk with RIKEN researchers


3. RIKEN Day: Talk with RIKEN researchers

This event encourages visitors to talk to researchers from RIKEN.
Try to talk to researchers. Not only about research but anything you like.

Event times : certain 3rd Sundays. The talks last about 30minutes, and there is seating for up to 62 people.

1st talk: 14:00-    2nd talk: 15:30-


4. Super Computers: Examining the Universe and World of Molecules

The MD-GRAPE2 supercomputer for research is dynamically displayed.
This computer won the Gordon Bell Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in the world of high-performance computing.
It is not merely an exhibit for viewing – it is actually used in the creation of the programs presented at the Synra Dome and the live shows.
Other units from the GRAPE series are also explained and exhibited.

Dome projection program