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Discover the Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition at Cape Fear Museum!

Posted July 26, 2021 at 10:36 am     Category: NewsMuseum

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. – Cape Fear Museum of History and Science announces the opening of Sun, Earth, Universe, an engaging and interactive museum exhibition about Earth and space science.

How is Earth changing? What is it like on other planets? Does life exist beyond Earth? What’s happening on the Sun, and how does it affect us? Sun, Earth, Universe is a new exhibition about planet Earth, the solar system, and the universe, and the big questions NASA is trying to answer about each. Packed with engaging, hands-on interactive exhibits and dazzling imagery, this exhibition will connect visitors with current NASA science research and launch them on a journey to explore the universe!

Sun, Earth, Universe includes fun and compelling interactive activities for visitors of all ages:

  • Follow the design-build-test cycle of engineering and build a model spacecraft for a mission to space.
  • Spin a tumbler of 10,000 beads, representing all the stars seen from Earth to search for the unique one that represents the Sun.
  • Reveal hidden images using the same tools NASA scientists employ to explore the otherwise invisible forces and energy of the universe.
  • Take a break in the seating area and play the Your Mission to Space board game.
  • Assist younger visitors pilot rovers across the Mars landscape play table.

These fun experiences (and many more!) introduce visitors to ongoing NASA research in the fields of heliophysics, planetary science, and astrophysics, and encourage discovery of what the future of Earth and space science might hold.

“We are excited to host this bilingual science exhibition at the Museum,” stated science content developer, Dr. Darcie Roten. “The fun interactive nature of the exhibit invites visitors to use creativity and problem-solving skills to understand more about the process of exploring Earth and space.”

The Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition will be on display at Cape Fear Museum as part of a nationwide effort designed to engage audiences in the awe-inspiring fields of Earth and space science through October 24, 2021.

The Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition was created in collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition was developed by a team led by the Science Museum of Minnesota, and fifty-two copies will be fabricated and distributed nationwide by the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network).

Acknowledgement
The Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition was developed in collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Sun, Earth, Universe exhibitions are developed and distributed nationwide by the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network). This material is based upon work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award number NNX16AC67A and 80NSSC18M0061. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

About the NISE Network
The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) is a national community of informal educators and scientists dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of current science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). More about the exhibition http://www.nisenet.org/sunearthuniverse

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