July 30th, 2014
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Solar & Lunar Eclipses
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Solar & Lunar Eclipses

What causes eclipses? This interactive exhibit will prepare you to see and understand one of nature’s greatest phenomena.

  • 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 ATK’s advanced solid rocket motors that power NASA’s new Space Launch System or SLS. Also featured are a multiple choice video presentation on solid rocket motors, a full-scale mockup of a solid rocket motor segment, and details about NASA’s bold new path.

  • Foucault Pendulum

    Does the Earth really turn? This classic demonstration was the first real proof that it is the Earth that spins, and not the sky.

    Download Exhibit Activity for the classroom (.pdf) (.doc)

  • ATK: NASA Space Launch System

    NASA’s Space Launch System is an advanced, heavy-lift launch vehicle that will provide an entirely new capability for science and human exploration beyond Earth’s orbit. The Space Launch System, or SLS, will carry the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle that will carry astronauts, as well as important cargo, equipment and science experi­ments. This 1/72nd scale model and accompanying video show the five-segment twin boosters and launch abort motor built by ATK here in Utah.

  • About Telescopes

    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.

  • Earth Globe

    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.

  • Marsscape

    Would you like to go to Mars one day? Our MarsScape will certainly help tomorrow’s astronauts imagine standing on the Red Planet.

  • Meteorites

    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.

  • Moonscape

    12 astronauts walked on the Moon. Thousands have imagined their own moonwalk on our MoonScape.

  • Newton’s Daydream

    “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.

  • Star Power

    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.

    Click here to see the real-time power generated by our solar panels.

  • The Moon: Our Companion in Space

    See an actual Moon sample, returned by the astronauts of Apollo 15. This highly informative exhibit will help you better understand our companion world and humankind’s journey there.

    Download: Exhibit Activity for the classroom (.doc) (.pdf)

  • 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.

    Download: Exhibit Activity for the classroom (.doc) (.pdf)

  • 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.

  • Chelyabinsk Meteorites

    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.

  • Search for Black Holes

    Black Holes cannot be seen, but their influence can be detected. Join the Search for Black Holes through this interactive exhibit by guiding a spaceship and watching for changes in its flight path.

  • Seeing the Unseen

    Using an infrared (IR) camera donated by FLUKE, experiment with HOT and COLD and see the results in a unique way. Play the thermal guessing game and discover how an IR telescope reveals much more than meets the eye.