ATK Go For Launch
The ATK Go For Launch Exhibit presents a history of rocketry, the fundamental physics of rocket propulsion , and a look at how ATK recycles reusable solid rocket motors, (RSRMs). Also featured are a multiple choice video presentation on solid rocket motors and a full scale mock up of an RSRM booster segment.
ATK: Project Constellation
NASA’s Space Shuttles have served us well for almost 30 years and are now approaching retirement. Soon, a new generation of Ares rockets will take over the task of launching 21st Century astronauts and cargo into Earth orbit, to the Moon and to Mars. This new Project Constellation exhibit from ATK Launch Systems showcases the Ares I Crew Launch and Ares V Cargo Launch vehicles in scale models and includes computer animation of how the system will support America’s efforts to return astronauts to the Moon in the next decade.
How do telescopes work?
Which one is right for me?
This interactive exhibits will help you understand the tool of the astronomer, and get you started on your own observing hobby.
Our classic Rand McNally Earth Globe, on the 3rd level.
Hubble (best of)
See the “Best of Hubble”, spectacular images from the Hubble Space Telescope.
Also watch a weekly-updated program of current events in Astronomy and Space Exploration.
International Space Station
200 miles above the Earth, the largest and most complex space laboratory ever built continues to grow. Continuously inhabited since November, 1997, the scientists aboard the ISS strive to learn more about space, science, and the human body and mind.
Would you like to go to Mars one day? Our MarsScape will certainly help tomorrow’s astronauts imagine standing on the Red Planet.
A very nice collection of meteorites representing many different sizes, shapes and classification of these rocks from space. You’ll be surprised at how heavy meteorites can be as you touch, hold, and lift actual meteorites.
12 astronauts walked on the Moon. Thousands have imagined their own moonwalk on our MoonScape.
“Newton’s Daydream,” an audio-kinetic sculpture by renowned artist and sculptor George Rhoads, is the newest permanent exhibit at the Clark Planetarium.
The two-story tall sculpture combines an intricate maze of moving balls with bells, drums and other noisemaking obstacles to create a whirring visual and auditory palette. “Newton’s Daydream” is installed inside the Planetarium’s main lobby and will be the focal point for all visitors.
Reason For The Seasons
Why is the Sun so low in the sky in winter? Why are the days so long in summer? This interactive exhibit won’t lower your air conditioning bill, but it will help you understand why we have seasons.
Science on a Sphere
Clark Planetarium’s newest showcase exhibit, Science On a Sphere (SOS)®, fills the lobby with a global display system. Science on a Sphere uses advance computing systems to project a multitude of video sequences onto a six foot diameter sphere. Image sets include Earth’s weather systems, plate tectonics, ocean temperatures and Earth at night. Also presented are the Milky Way, Sun, Moon and the other planets of our Solar System. Future enhancements will include narrated programs and live demonstrations.
Solar & Lunar Eclipses
What causes eclipses? This interactive exhibit will prepare you to see and understand one of nature’s greatest phenomena.
Are you curious about the new solar panels on the roof of Clark Planetarium? Come explore our new exhibit, Star Power. Find out how much power you can produce with your muscles, how solar panels work and how most of energy sources we’re familiar with have their ultimate origins in sunlight.
The Solar System
Clark Planetarium’s model of the Solar System is 150 million times smaller than the real thing. Even at this scale, the Sun is so large it cannot be contained fully within the exhibit space! This exhibit has interesting facts about each planet and a computerized quiz that allows you to test your knowledge of the solar system.
Weight On Other Worlds
How much would you weigh if you were standing on Mars? How about on an asteroid, or a Neutron Star, or hovering in a spaceship above the clouds of Jupiter? Weight on Other Worlds will tell you. This great interactive exhibit will both educate and entertain as you watch a computer-animated space alien explore the physical conditions on thirteen different worlds.
On February 15, 2013 a meteor entered the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, Russia. The asteroid was 50-60 feet across and weighed about 10,000 tons. Several pieces of the meteor and a piece of broken glass from Chelyabinsk are on display in the 3rd Floor Exhibit area. There is also a short video from various dashboard camera’s in Russia that caught the event.
Open Call for Art
Clark Planetarium is partnering with Art Access to host our 2nd annual Deep Space Art exhibit of children’s artwork. The exhibit will open on April 4, 2014, at the Clark Planetarium and will feature artwork by children and teens from ages 5 to 18. There will be an opening reception from 5 – 7 p.m. on April 4 with light refreshments.
Young artists are invited to submit one piece of art ready for hanging and exhibition (fixed mediums, protected work, framed with wired backs, etc.). Artwork should have an astronomy-inspired theme, and may be based in hard science or science fiction. Please ensure that all artwork is clearly signed by its creator and is accompanied by the exhibit submission form. The submission deadline is Wednesday, March 19 before 9:00 p.m.Please bring submissions to Clark Planetarium at 110 South 400 West and ask for either Callista Pearson or Lindsie Smith. Submissions will be juried on March 24 and artists will be notified via email by March 28. The art will be on exhibit from April 4-30. Artists will be asked to pick up their pieces the first week of May.
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