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The Smithsonian's "The Evolving Universe" Exhibition

Event Type: MAIN - EXHIBIT
Date: 2/15/2014
Start Time: All Day
Description:
 Through compelling and beautiful photographs, visitors will learn about how Smithsonian scientists study the far reaches of space and the evolution of the universe. This exhibition was developed by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the National Museum of Natural History.

We can never see the universe as it is right now, only how it was in the past. In this exhibition, visitors will journey from the here and now of Earth to beyond our galaxy, traveling back through time and out into space. The very nearest star system, Alpha Centauri, is four light years away. When we gaze at it in the sky, the light hitting our eyeballs left it four years ago, so we're seeing Alpha Centauri as it was in 2006. In this sense our telescopes are also time machines: the most distant galaxies we study are billions of light years away, and we are seeing them as they were before the Earth was formed.
Library: William F. Laman Public Library    Map to the Main Library
Location: Exhibit Hall - Main Library, 2nd Floor
Contact: Debra Wood
Contact Number: 501-771-1995 x105
Presenter: Debra S. Wood