HTE Visits the Marshall Public Library (IL)

December 2013: We had a really nice response and gave tours to several school classes (entire grades!) and tonight a 4-H Club. Everyone who tours it was very impressed. Equally impressive are our local “tour guides”. They really added a lot to the exhibit! It’s been exciting to see people come to the library for this exhibit, since we normally do things more along the lines of history, art, or culture. I love it! And we’ve had some great press coverage as well. Events:


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HTE Travels to Aurora University Phillips Library

HTE Visits Aurora University, Phillips Library

Aurora University Phillips Library hosted the Here, There, and Everywhere exhibit for the month of October 2013. During that time, we had 38,523 people come into the library. Because of the placement of the exhibit, all of these people saw this exhibition. We had many students come through the exhibit, or stop and see the exhibition while taking a break from their studies. We also saw people from the surrounding community see the show as well, including children. We received phone calls and queries about the show.

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Different Flavor of Eclipse

Photographed by the Expedition 31 crew aboard the International Space Station and easily spotted at top center in this image is the gray shadow of the moon, cast on bright clouds of the northern Pacific Ocean, as the May 20 solar eclipse point tracked towards the Aleutian Islands and then on to northern California.
© Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, NASA-Johnson Space Center. “The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.”

One of the most ubiquitous phenomena in the Universe is light being blocked. We see this on Earth all of the time in everyday situations in the form of the common shadow.

When planets and moons get involved, things can get more interesting. Take the case of this past weekend. Many parts of our planet experienced what is called a “hybrid eclipse.” There are lots of good explanations of exactly what this means at places like the Christian Science Monitor and Universe Today.

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Here, There, and Everywhere Hosted in Texas

Here, There and Everywhere (HTE) was recently displayed between August 1 and 28 at the Irving Central Library in Texas. Visitors learned how everyday experiences on Earth and across the universe are connected by the laws of physics. In conjunction with the exhibit, the Irving Central Library planned a robust series of programs for the month of August to help ignite students’ interests in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) — just in time for the new school year.

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Auroras Abound

The aurora borealis (aka, “the Northern Lights”) are one of the most spectacular natural displays in the world. People travel thousands of miles to see them for themselves. But what if you could recreate the Northern Lights right where you are?

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Researchers at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia recently unveiled a device called Planeterrella that does just that. By combining all of the elements in the aurora borealis – including magnetic fields and charged particles – they’ve been able to bring this celestial display from the sky to the desktop. For more on their project, take a look at http://www.nasa.gov/larc/scientists-recreate-earth-s-northern-lights/#.Uih9YLx57sl

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Springfield-Greene County Library District Hosts HTE Exhibit

The Springfield-Greene County Library District hosted the Here, There, and Everywhere (HTE) exhibit during the month of June 2013 at our Library Center. The panels were set up in the concourse, and main entrance of the library, and were viewed by more than 47,000 visitors.

To promote the exhibit, the Library Center hosted multiple activities and a series of programs that would appeal to all different age groups.

The first program in the series was "Ted Keller presents Weather around the World." Ted Keller, a popular local meteorologist, explained how weather patterns in the Ozarks affect weather around the world and how world weather patterns effect the Ozarks.
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Special Programs with the Westland Public Library

Westland Public Library

The Westland Public Library was happy to conduct four separate programs while the Here. There. Everywhere. exhibit was situated in our library (May 2013). We decided to aim the majority of the programs towards children and teens as the concepts and stunning photography included in the exhibit would likely create a lasting impression on this group.
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HTE Visits University of Puerto Rico

During the month of April 2013, the exhibit “Here, There and Everywhere” was displayed at the main library: “José M. Lázaro”, at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) located in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Dr. Carmen A. Pantoja from the Department of Physics and Dr. Mayra Lebrón from the Department of Physical Sciences organized the events. The exhibit was promoted in the newspaper and on the radio. Ernesto Lucca, a student from the School of Communication (UPR) prepared an advertisement to promote the event on “Radio Universidad” (the UPR radio station) and by social media (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctB_gsvjR10 ). This promo has his voice, and the background piano music is by Ernesto also.

Dr. Carmen Pantoja took the opportunity to incorporate the exhibit into the course “Descriptive Astronomy”. This is a course of general astronomy concepts open to all the student population at the UPR. During the initial months of the semester the students learned the fundamentals of physics and astronomy themes of the exhibit while learning the regular class material. The students also learned the basic principles of science outreach, using the book “Handbook for Science Educators” published by the French “Programme Promotion de la culture scientifique et technique” and the HTE Activity guide. The students were organized into small groups. Each group organized a presentation for friends, family or schools which they invited to visit the exhibit on a particular date and time. Once the exhibit arrived most students collaborated as exhibit guides and with the hands-on activities not only as a class project but during all of April. Students that are working in undergraduate research in astronomy with Dr. Mayra Lebrón and with Dr. Carmen Pantoja also worked as guides and with the hands-on demonstrations. We had visitors from the UPR community, students professors and employees. We had
many schools (K-12) visit us. We also had visitors from the Puerto Rican community in general.

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Dark Lightning “Lights Up” The Sky

Generation of Dark Lightning

Credit: Studio Gohde

We all know that thunder can occur after lightning strikes, but did you know that something just as exciting happens before it does? Scientists have recently discovered the phenomenon they call “dark lightning.” This burst of high-energy gamma rays happens just before the flash of ordinary lightning. And while they still aren’t sure how, researchers think there’s a connection between both flavors of lightning. Just last week, researchers from Norway announced new findings on dark lightning via this press release from the American Geophysical Union (AGU).
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HTE Visits Carmel High School Library and Planetarium

HTE visits Carmel, IN

For the month of March, Here, There, and Everywhere, was hosted at the Carmel High School Library & Planetarium in Indiana.  Keith Turner, Planetarium Director, organized the HTE exhibit event as well as a special lecture for the NASA astro4girls Women’s History month activities.  Ann Lisa Varri, an astrophysicist at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, talked about Women in Astronomy at the HTE exhibit on March 23.  Keith also sent along some photos of the presentation and activity demonstration.  More information and local coverage is at: http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013303200017
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