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Here, There & Everywhere: Science through Metaphor, Near and Far

August 22, 2014

Check out the most recent report on the Here, There & Everywhere project in the latest edition of the "Communicating Astronomy with the Public" journal. The article "Here, There & Everywhere: Science through Metaphor, Near and Far" by Kimberly Arcand & Megan Watzke can be downloaded as a free pdf. The piece describes the following:

Abstract: The use of metaphors in teaching and learning has a long-standing history. Metaphors can be an effective way to make something new seem less daunting by comparing it with something more familiar. This technique of equating different or disparate things can help complex concepts become more understandable and accessible. The power of the metaphor is discussed in this article, which explores a recent public science project from the Chandra X-ray Center called Here, There and Everywhere. This project attempts to utilise analogy in effective science communication, as well highlighting the dangers that come alongside the use of metaphor and analogy. The article will also look at other areas where metaphors may be usefully implemented in astronomy communication, such as for upcoming programmes, including the International Year of Light 2015.

-Kim Arcand, Chandra

"Here, There, & Everywhere" (HTE) is supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under grant NNX11AH28G issued through the Science Mission Directorate.

HTE was developed by the Chandra X-ray Center, at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, in Cambridge, MA.

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