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LIGO: Astronomy's New Messengers:

Listening To the Universe With Gravitational Waves

Sept 9, 2011 - January 9, 2012

Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves in 1916 as part of the theory of general relativity. In Astronomy's New Messengers, you have the opportunity to increase your understanding of astronomy and the science of gravitational waves. LIGO, short for Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, is a revolutionary new kind of telescope designed and built to observe, for the first time, ripples in the fabric of space-time caused by massive cosmic events. This amazing interactive exhibition allows you to have a close look at a laser interferometer, try a space-time curvature simulation, mimic the curvature of space-time by experimenting with different masses, play a black hole hunter game, and even see a mirror from the real LIGO.

The exhibition is presented by the University of Mississippi, and was originally funded by the National Science Foundation. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Bible Times Tech

June 6, 2011 - August 18, 2011

An interactive exhibition on the technology of ancient Israel and the Middle East. See what life was like 3,000 years ago! Hands-on exhibits and unique artifacts will allow visitors to play ancient board games, write in ancient letters, make music, be a shepherd, grind wheat, and more. Come and see what has changed since 1,000 B.C. The exhibition was developed by SciTech Hands On Museum in Aurora, IL.

A traveling exhibit of the SciTech Science Center, Aurora, IL.

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Our Weakening Web

January 29, 2011 - May 9, 2011

Our Weakening Web: The Story of Extinction helps visitors understand the process of extinction as a natural occurrence over millions of years. Through the display of life-like dioramas and interactive components that encourage hands-on learning, visitors will find out about the ecological relationships that bind all life forms together. The exhibition shows what is happening today and why environmental conservation is important. Our Weakening Web seeks to compel visitors to take action in their daily lives -- to promote preservation of the Earth's richness and biological diversity.

A beautiful combination of hand-crafted dioramas--featuring scenes from prehistory to present day--and interactive components that focus on environmental impact and advocacy, Our Weakening Web presents a timely, important topic in a fun and engaging fashion. The exhibition was developed by the Cincinnati Museum Center.

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Me, The Medical Marvel

September 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010

What is the vascular system and how does it work? How does a fetus develop and what are the stages of the birth process? What were some of the tools used to diagnose and treat illness before the advent of modern medicine? These topics, and more, will be explored in a 1,500-square foot temporary exhibition about the human body and healthy lifestyles. A series of 10 exhibits will allow you to learn about blood, birth, antique medical devices, teeth, hearing and vision, tobacco and smoking, AIDS, nutrition and diabetes, and safety. The exhibition is on loan from the Hall of Health, Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland, California.

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Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe

January 15, 2010 - August 28, 2010

This unique traveling exhibition contains images and video taken from the Hubble Space Telescope of planets, galaxies, black holes, and many other fascinating cosmic entities. Filled with numerous interactive displays, visitors will be able to “hit” Jupiter with a comet, attempt to put star clusters in order of age, estimate the number of galaxies in the universe, match before - and after images of colliding galaxies, use stars to calculate specific galaxy distances from Earth, and use an infrared camera to learn about the different wavelengths of light. The exhibition is an outstanding venue for presenting the spectacular images of the universe and the associated discoveries made with the Hubble Space Telescope.

 

 

Teachers! Download the Hubble Scavenger Hunt to give your students an extra objective on their field trip!

The exhibition was developed by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

 

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