The Exhibit, Visions Of The Universe: Four Centuries Of Discovery, On Display
June 24, 2009
From July 5 to August 30, 2009, the Kansas City Public Library plays host to the exhibit Visions of the Universe: Four Centuries of Discovery at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
The International Astronomical Union proclaimed 2009 the International Year of Astronomy as an opportunity to create awareness of astronomy’s contributions to society and culture, stimulate young people’s interest in astronomy and science, portray astronomy as a global peaceful endeavor, and nourish a scientific outlook in society. Visions of the Universe focuses on astronomy through the ages, from Galileo’s initial findings to the latest results of the Hubble Space Telescope. The exhibit vividly illustrates 400 years of growth in our knowledge of not just planets, stars, nebulae, and galaxies, but also the size and scale of the universe in both space and time.
To complement the exhibit, Dr. Steven Hawley – astronomer, astrophysicist and five-time astronaut – presents Galileo, Apollo, and Beyond on Tuesday, July 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the presentation.
Currently a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Kansas, which was his undergraduate alma mater, Hawley is one of three Kansas-born astronauts. During his 30-year career with NASA (1978-2008), Hawley served as a mission specialist for three flights on the shuttle Discovery and two flights on the shuttle Columbia, logging a total of 770 hours and 27 minutes in space.
The exhibit was developed by the American Library Association Public Programs Office in cooperation with the Space Telescope Science Institute and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Major funding for the exhibit was provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Admission to the exhibit and Hawley’s presentation is free. For further information, call 816.701.3407 or you may RSVP online.