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Ho Tung Visualization Laboratory

The state-of-the-art 55-seat digital theater has the ability to display the sky showing planets, constellations, and other astronomical objects as well as immerse the audience in a full-dome experience like no other.
Anthony Aveni presents to alumni in the visualization lab

Contact Information

The visualization lab is on the fourth floor of the Ho Science Center (at the top of the main staircase) in Room 401, which is handicapped accessible.

Ho Tung Visualization Lab
Colgate University
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346
Phone: 315-228-6125
vislab@colgate.edu

If you would like to book a private show, please call Joe Eakin at 315-228-6125 or
e-mail vislab@colgate.edu

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Kiko Galvez 
Program Coordinator
Phone: 315-228-7205
Fax: 315-228-6020
egalvez@colgate.edu

Joe Eakin 

Senior Visualization Lab Designer and Technician
Phone: 315-228-6125
Fax: 315-228-6020
jeakin@colgate.edu

David Terrazas

Part-Time Producer
Phone: 315-228-6586
dterrazas@colgate.edu

Now playing Tuesday & Friday evenings in the Ho Tung Vis Lab.

.* Note:  The 6:15pm show will change every 2 weeks during the summer months.



Run time
: 35 minutes

Show Times:
Tuesday, July 8  6:15pm
Friday, July 11 6:15pm
Tuesday, July 15 6:15pm
Friday, July 18 6:15pm
Tuesday, July 22 6:15pm


Admission is free and open to all. Seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Join the young Charles Darwin on an adventurous voyage of exploration circumnavigating the world with the HMS Beagle. In Victorian times, many physical phenomena were already discovered and described by natural laws, but life's most eloquent mechanism was still unknown: How could new species arise to replace those lost in extinction? It was time for someone to stand up and come forth with a naturalist explanation of this mystery of mysteries. Witness the thrill of scientific discovery by seeing the world through Darwin's eyes, make observations of the most beautiful natural scenery and let the pieces of the scientific puzzle slowly but surely fall into place. Allow Darwin himself to reveal this simple and most beautiful mechanism that explains the Evolution of all Life on Earth: Natural Selection, the single most wonderful idea anyone has ever had.

Sponsored by: Dean of the Faculty, Department of Geology, Department of Biology, Core: Scientific Perspectives, Department of Physics & Astronomy, and Information Technology Services.



Run time
: 40 minutes

Show Times:
Tuesday, July 8  7:15pm
Friday, July 11  7:15pm
Tuesday, July 15 7:15pm
Friday, July 18 7:15pm
Tuesday, July 22  7:15pm
Friday, July 25  7:15pm
Tuesday, July 29 7:15pm
Friday, August 2 7:15pm


Admission is free and open to all. Seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis.  

In this fast-paced fulldome show from Mirage3D, we follow the adventures of a father and his teenage daughter Lucy, who share a fascination for all things that fly. They travel back in time, navigating from continent to continent, exploring an Earth teeming with pterosaurs and the ancestors of modern-day birds — the feathered dinosaurs.

Their travels take them through the Triassic, Jurassic, and the Cretaceous geologic periods. They soar the ancient skies with Quetzalcoatlus, escape from raptors, and race across the deserts behind Argentinosaurus. They hike through rain forests, scale ice cliffs, sail over primordial oceans, and parachute into a vast sinkhole in their search for the first flying animals. When time runs out, they experience first-hand the cataclysmic "last day" of the dinosaurs.


Field Trips and Science Outreach

Teachers and educators can see our Science Outreach page for information on free field trips to the Ho Science Center.

Show Library

Check out our show library for a complete list of fulldome planetarium shows.

Recognizing Robert H.N. Ho '56

Robert H.N. Ho '56 (left) at the center dedication, accepting an image of the Ho building.
In recognition of a special gift by Robert H.N. Ho '56 in memory of his grandfather Sir Robert Ho Tung. Knighted twice by King George V and Queen Elizabeth II, Sir Robert Ho Tung was active as a businessman and philanthropist in the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong.

At the September 15, 2007 dedication ceremony, Mr. Ho quoted a Chinese proverb: "huh shwei, suh yuan"-"Drink water: consider source."

May those who discover new frontiers in this laboratory consider how they can model Sir Robert Ho Tung and Robert H.N. Ho's inspiring words.