What exactly are asteroids, comets and meteorites, and where do they come from? What can they tell us about Earth and the origins of our Solar System?
The Newark Museum is pleased to host Great Balls of Fire on its national tour. This thrilling new exhibit explores these questions and planetary science in a fun way by utilizing a variety of interactive multimedia and hands-on experiences.
While asteroids and comets are popular subjects for movies like "Armageddon" and "Deep Impact," they are also playing their own starring roles in scientific research. Over the past several years, a small fleet of NASA probes and space telescopes have been exploring asteroids and comets. In 2013, more than a thousand people in Chelyabinsk, Russia were injured when an asteroid exploded in the air above their city. With all this interest and excitement, asteroids and comets are compelling subjects for an exhibition.
Come learn about these fascinating objects in a fun and engaging way.
The exhibition allows visitors to:
• Climb into a "spaceship" and blast off to the asteroid belt and Jupiter, on a mission to gather data about asteroids and comets
• Learn how scientists use light curves to determine the shape and movement of asteroids
• Save Earth and learn about gravity by trying to divert an asteroid from impacting our planet
• Shoot a projectile into a water tank and then view a high speed video of your impact
• Build a solar system, including asteroid belt and comets, using a 42" touch-table display
• and much more...
The Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning, with funding from the National Science Foundation and NASA, has developed this national traveling exhibition program. This work was completed by the Space Science Institute, which was supported by NSF under Grant No. ESI-0404414.