Monday, December 18, 2006

Campo del Cielo


We had the pleasure of having Bill Cassidy visit CyberSpace. He came to see how we are using the Vision Stations in CyberSpace. Together with Peter Coppin, they are designing an interactice experience exploring the Campo del Cielo meteorite field in Argentina. The stewn field consists of about a dozen craters, and the fall is believed to have taken place about 4000 years ago. Hopefully we will have something up in CyberSpace this summer describing the site.
Bill's visit was actually delayed a couple of days due to a blizzard in Chicago, and I had the interesting experience of telling a famous Antartic explorer not to come out to Adler because the weather was too bad ;)

Monday, January 16, 2006

More improvements to CyberSpace

We've seen a massive number of improvements to the CyberSpace gallery and classroom recently - several new pieces up, including some new interactives. The Scavenger Hunt in the CyberSpace classroom is becoming immensely popular - perhaps it's the prospect of winning a free 3-D Mars poster that draws the crowd?

The CyberSpace website is also "rounded out" now, with plenty of information on each of the planets and a little bit more with topics like the history of Astronomy and resources for fellow educators.

Lots of new content is being added weekly, so make sure to check it out!

Thursday, October 20, 2005

New web content

We've just rolled out a whole new slew of web content for the CyberSpace exhibit, including a new front page, navingation bar, and revamped pages for the inner solar system planets, with more changes coming. Come check them out - http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/cyberspace

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

National Virtual Observatory

We have a new page describing how the virtul observatory is being used in CyberSpace. http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/cyberspace/nvo

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

New Eventscope Modules

Some new EventScope modules are installed on the middle VisionStation. These feature some images of crater ejecta forming really nice radial spokes.

Space Shuttle Landing in CyberSpace

Tommorrow (or really later today I guess). Replays of the Space Shuttle landing will be shown all day in CyberSpace with short space news updates from Astronomers Larry Ciupik and Mark Hammergren throughout the day. Stomp rockets outside as well.

Sunday, July 31, 2005

New Content

We've put up new content on a few screens over the last couple of weeks. I think that it contains some of the best stuff we've ever created for the gallery. Here is the round up:

Deep Impact
A little movie with an overview of the Deep Impact mission which crashed an impactor into comet Temple I. The highlight is the video taken by the impactor up until its final moments.

Sky 360
I really think that this is our nicest looking screen (I'll try and get some screenshots posted Monday). You can select between different quicktime VR visualizations of the night sky (in far infrared, near infrared, H-alpha, optical and x-rays).

Galaxy Hunt
This is more of a game-like experience than any of our other screens. You have to find particular galaxies in a scalled down version of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field. One of the take-home messages being the incredible resolution that instraments like the ACS camera on HST have.

One of the things out evaluation team can investigate with these two pieces side by side is what type of experience (the game-like one or the exploratory one) do visitors prefer.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

ViewSpace is Up

ViewSpace is now up and playing in the classroom - it looks great. There is a nice section on the Deep Impace mission. This also means that the classroom will now be kept open all day.