At Hilo astronomy center, questions will have cosmic importance
The 'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii in Hilo will be the permanent home for "Cosmic Questions," a national traveling exhibition, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has announced.
The exhibition, created by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, will open this fall.
"There is no place in the world like 'Imiloa," said Charles Alcock, director of the astrophysics center. "It is appropriate for our exhibit to cap its national tour and begin a new life there -- at a new, state-of-the-art facility that works directly with 13 world-class observatories on the summit of Mauna Kea, where the sky is astonishingly clear and dark."
"Cosmic Questions: Our Place in Space and Time" includes four views: "Our Place in Space," traveling outward from the Milky Way galaxy; "Observing the Universe," a hands-on section; "Our Place in Time," set in the Cosmic Kitchen theater, and "Great Mysteries," inviting visitors to explore mysteries of the universe.
"The 'Cosmic Questions' exhibition, like 'Imiloa, aims to show that the wonders of the universe aren't just for scientists. The stars are within reach for everyone," Alcock said.
For more information, see www.imiloahawaii.org or call (808) 969-9700.