The Space Weather Center doesn't just live on the web...it is a real
exhibit that is now touring North America. It was created by
scientists, writers, and educators at the Space Science Institute and
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The exhibit includes the hottest new
images and movies of the Sun-Earth Connection, the latest science
information, and a bunch of hands-on and minds-on activities.
The exhibit is coming soon to these locations...
- Alder Planetarium (Chicago, Illinois) -- September 2001 to January 2002
- Insights El Paso Science Museum (Texas) -- Spring 2002
Since the exhibit tour began in March 2000, the Space Weather Center has
visited the Denver Museum of Natural History, the Sacramento Discovery
Museum, the Maryland Science Center, the Visitor Center at NASA Goddard
Space Flight Center, and the Lawrence Hall of Science.
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information on renting this exhibit:
Here is what the media is saying about our exhibit:
Exhibits help youths explore space
By Carey Peterson
The Sacramento Bee
August 6, 2000
Five, four, three, two, one is the countdown for new space exhibits to
take off at 3615 Auburn Blvd. Area residents will have the opportunity
to explore the two new exhibits through mid-September at the Discovery
Museum Science & Space Center. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"There is a growing interest in space and the solar system," said
Susan Douglas, the center's education director. "This a wonderful
attraction for Sacramentans. This is such a prestigious exhibit."
Visitors will be able to learn how the dangerous radiation of "space
weather" affects Earth's technology in the Space Weather Station
The exhibit greets visitors with a large photomural of the sun and the
comet-shaped magnetic region surrounding Earth that is known as the
magnetosphere. The mural is backlighted and activated by a push
"This exhibit is important for kids," said Charlie Coburn of Cameron
Park, who serves on the board of directors for the Sacramento Valley
Astronomical Society. "There are many schools that have dropped
science programs, and for the Discovery Museum to provide this exhibit
for children, they are able to get great exposure to the science
Traveling through the exhibit, visitors also will be able to observe a
plasma ball, which is composed of electrified gas, sometimes referred
to as the fourth state of matter. In this state, the gas can conduct
electricity, which creates lightning.
In addition, to the mural and the plasma ball, visitors can spin a
magnet and slide it inside of a wire coil. The changing magnetic field
causes an electrical current to flow in the coil.
Another attraction in the exhibit is a tube filled with the strong
electrical currents that flow toward the Earth's poles. The glow in
the tube is caused by plasma carrying an electrical current. Visitors
can move a magnet along the side of the glass tube, and see how the
magnet affects the glowing plasma inside the tube.
The Space Weather Station exhibit was developed by the Space Science
Institute in partnership with [NASA]'s [Goddard Space Flight Center] in
Maryland. The funding came from [NASA] and the National Science
"The exhibit is fun and interesting," said David Gretman, 12, of
Citrus Heights. "It's interactive and easy to use."
(Copyright: The Sacramento Bee)