Exhibits

Solarium: Reaching New Heights

  • Type:
    New
    Permanent
  • Age:
    All Ages
  • Features:
    Science, Interactive

The Solarium at VASC: Reaching New Heights will immerse students, teachers, preservice teachers, and life-long learners into the Sun’s atmosphere and give them an up-close and personal look into the world of heliophysics and helioseismology.

 

The Solarium at VASC: Reaching New Heights will immerse students, teachers, preservice teachers, and life-long learners into the Sun’s atmosphere and give them an up-close and personal look into the world of heliophysics (the study of the sun and its interactions with Earth) and helioseismology (the study of the propagation of wave oscillations in the Sun). Journey into the Sun’s atmosphere and explore the unique features of the Sun, creating an out-of-this-world experience. Be mesmerized by the Sun’s dancing atmosphere while you are standing next to, and listening to, the sounds of the Sun!

The images used by Solarium were taken and recorded by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), which can take a picture almost once per second. The SDO is able to capture these wavelengths of light, varying from ultraviolet (invisible to the naked eye) to visible light. Once the SDO captures these images, it sends data in the form of binary (0’s and 1’s) back to scientists who then translates the data into the images seen at the Solarium. The images that are produced have the resolution of eight times that of an HD TV and are turned into a time lapse video. VASC will work with Solarium’s creator, Genna Duberstein, an award-winning multimedia producer at NASA GSFC, to design and implement the very first full Solarium display. This exhibit will cover more than three walls of a designated area at the Center and will use the classic ambient sounds of the sun produced by real sun data. 

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