Podcaster: April Jubett
Organization: Robeson Planetarium and Science Center in Lumberton, NC, USA
Links: For more information: http://lightexhibit.org/
Description: Light comes to us in a myriad of ways, from X-rays from space, to the beauty of a rainbow, to an important call through radio waves on our cell phones. “Light Beyond the Bulb” is a worldwide exhibit celebrating the International Year of Light in 2015 by showing a sample of the amazing things that light does and how humans have learned to harness it. Anyone can participate in this exhibit. Find out how!
Bio: Since its launch in 1999, the Chandra X-ray Observatory has been NASA’s flagship mission for X-ray astronomy, taking its place in the fleet of “Great Observatories.” The Smithsonian’s Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, MA, hosts the Chandra X-ray Center which operates the satellite, processes the data, and distributes it to scientists around the world for analysis. The Center maintains a web site about the science results and an education program. Chandra’s EPO (Education/Public Outreach) team is excited to be part of “Light Beyond the Bulb” for the International Year of Light, 2015.
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Whether it comes from a distant galaxy or a neon sign around the corner, light is all around us. We use it to communicate, navigate, learn, and explore. Light is far more than just what we can detect with our eyes. It takes the form of radio waves, infrared, ultraviolet, X-rays, and more.
Light affects us every day. From the moment we wake up, we can see and feel the light from the Sun. Technology that uses light drives industries and improves our lives. Light illuminates our homes, powers our businesses, provides innovative medical treatments, entertains and enlightens us, and so much more.
2015 is the International Year of Light. What’s that?” A worldwide project to tell everyone what light does for us. How can you participate? Put on a show.
’Light: Beyond the Bulb’ is a collection of beautiful images and their short captions that shows some of the amazing things light can do, from the tiniest scales inside of a cell across the largest distances to the other side of the Universe.
This exhibit has been assembled to celebrate the International Year of Light, a global initiative adopted by the United Nations for 2015. The images in this collection have been taken from the best photographers, scientists, and curious individuals around the world.
Light comes to us in a myriad of ways, from X-rays from space, to the beauty of a rainbow, to an important call through radio waves on our cell phones. This exhibit shows just a sample of the amazing things that light does and how humans have learned to harness it.
We hope you’ll make an exhibit about light, in a fun public space.
And it’s free. How do you start?
Step 1: Go to the website: lightexhibit.org
Step 2: Select the images you like for your exhibit.
Step 3: Think of any additional images you might want for your collection, whether from your area/region, or from your organization.
Step 4: Pick a place – perhaps a park, a mall, a café or a hospital.
Step 5: Let us know you’re going to be making an exhibit. We’ll get you connected.
Step 6: Exhibit away. Be creative. Have fun.
’Light: Beyond the Bulb’ is based on a project for the International Year of Astronomy 2009, where astronomical images were placed in over 1,000 locations around the world. These images were found everywhere from parks to prisons, from museums to metro stations. Now, let’s do it for light in 2015.
For more information on the image collection and how to participate in ‘Light: Beyond the Bulb,’ visit lightexhibit.org. Light, taking us beyond the bulb.
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365 Days of Astronomy
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