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Join us Thursday, July 9, at 7 pm PDT for a free NightLife livestream!

How do you create a digital coral reef so large and complex it will fill a 75-ft. planetarium dome screen? Get a behind-the-scenes look into the creation of the Academy’s latest show, Expedition Reef, with production designer Mike Schmitt and animator Ken Ackermann—members of the Academy’s award-winning Visualization Studio—and underwater photographer and 3D modeler Yasmeen Smalley-Norman. Learn how they used cutting-edge computer graphics and techniques to create a photorealistic, scientifically accurate coral reef ready for its close-up.



Missed the party? Just want to relive the magic? Watch the recorded livestreams on YouTube!


Upcoming NightLife Events

August 20th at 7:00 pm

Learn about our local food scene and the people who are bettering communities through equity and sustainability.

August 27th at 7:00 pm

Get a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the Academy’s upcoming fang and stinger filled exhibit, Venom.