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Ho Tung Visualization Laboratory

State-of-the-art 53-seat digital theater displaying the sky's planets, constellations, and much more, all in a full-dome experience like no other.

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About the Lab

A gift from Robert H.N. Ho ’56, learn more about the visualization lab, its history, and how to find us! READ MORE
Contact Information
Phone: 315-228-6125
E-mail: vislab@colgate.edu

Academics in the Lab

Students and faculty are using the lab to do incredible work. From exploring the galaxy to exploring ancient buildings, the lab lends itself to a variety of academic projects. ACADEMIC WORK

Science Field Trips

We collaborate with Colgate's greenhouse and geology museum to offer area teachers and their students incredible learning opportunities. SCIENCE OUTREACH

Now Playing

Friday, May 22 6:15pm

Dynamic Earth explores the inner workings of Earth's climate system, following a trail of energy that flows from our Sun into the interconnected systems that create our climate. You'll ride on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and whales and fly into fiery volcanoes!

This fulldome planetarium show is the result of a two-year collaboration between Spitz Creative Media, the advanced visualization lab at the National Center of Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois, and Thomas Lucas Productions Inc. Produced in association with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and NASA Earth Science. Narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Liam Neeson.

Sponsored by: Department of Geology, NASA NY Space Grant and the Ho Tung Visualization Lab


"Life: A Cosmic Story" begins in a redwood forest, with the sounds of wind and life. One redwood looms large, until we approach its branches and enter one of its leaves, adjusting our perspective to microscopic scales inside a cell. We see a pared-down version of its inner workings, learning about the process of photosynthesis and the role of DNA. This scene sets the stage for the story of life

Reunion Weekend Shows

(Friday, May 29th - Saturday, May 30th)

Friday, May 29:

           10:15 AM: Astronomy in Culture: New Adventures in Colgate's
                             Ho Tung Vis Lab - Lecture by Tony Aveni
           11:45 AM: Making of a Star and Her Entourage
             1:00 PM: Back to the Moon For Good
             3:00 PM: Natural Selection
             4:00 PM: Sea Monsters
             6:15 PM: Space Aliens
             7:15 PM: Life - A Cosmic Story

Saturday, May 30:

           11:00 AM: Making of a Star and Her Entourage
             1:00 PM: Astronaut
             2:00 PM: Robot Explorers
             3:00 PM: Stars Over the Tents - Lecture by Tom Balonek
             4:00 PM: Seven Wonders