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November 21, 2013

Traveling NASA Exhibit makes sense of science at Marshall Library

“Here, There, and Everywhere: Science Through Analogy, Near and Far” is coming to the Marshall (Ill.) Public Library from Dec. 3-30. The library is one of only 30 sites in the country selected as an exhibition venue. This traveling display consists of a series of large image-based panels and supporting hands-on activities that connect Earth and planetary sciences and astrophysics with everyday phenomena.

Images displayed in the exhibit include the topics of shadows, wind, colliding atoms, lensing, electrical discharge and bow waves. The images are aimed at helping to demonstrate the universality of physical laws to people who may not identify strongly with science.  

“Here, There, and Everywhere” was developed by Chandra X-ray Center at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass. The Chandra Center is NASA’s flagship mission for x-ray astronomy. Visitors will see examples of natural phenomena and be taught basic science principles from familiar examples.

The exhibit is free. A special program, “Everyday Earth Phenomenon in the Universe,” will be presented by Holly Hunter, director of Allen Memorial Planetarium in Terre Haute, at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at the library. The program will bring to life the concepts addressed in the exhibit.

For more information about the traveling exhibit or program, or to register for a tour or the December program, contact the library at 217-826-2535 or marshallpubliclibrary@gmail.com. The library is at 612 Archer Ave.

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