Space: the final frontier, full of galaxies far, far away that are billions and billions of years old. Looking up in wonder, gazing at the stars, makes us human beings long to imagine and explore what’s out there. Whether your amazement originates through Star Trek, Star Wars, Cosmos, sci-fi literature, science class, or looking up at the clear, star-studded Wyoming sky, the library has a treat for you!
Discover Space: A Cosmic Journey is coming to the Laramie County Library this winter! Between December 27 and March 27 you can journey through interactive digital components and panels full of space information with this traveling science museum. You’ll have three whole months to come and explore, but don’t wait until the last minute – when it’s gone, it’s gone and won’t be back! It will move on to the last of the nine U.S. libraries awarded hosting privileges. (Yes, YOUR library is one of a select group chosen through a very competitive application process!)
Not only is the exhibit really cool, but library staff in Cheyenne, Burns and Pine Bluffs have planned lots of engaging programs for people of all ages! It officially starts on Friday, January 12, at 6 p.m. with The Cosmic Journey Begins!, our grand opening event with fun activities and guided tours with out-of-this-world characters. Pick up a monthly library event calendar to get all the details for Discover Space programs through March.
One of the programs that we’re very excited about begins at 6 a.m. on January 31. Why would the library host an event so early in the morning, before the sun comes up? FOR THE TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE! While not as rare as a total solar eclipse like the one that occurred in August, a total lunar eclipse is still a sight to behold and no special glasses are needed. And speaking of eclipse glasses…
Do you remember all those solar eclipse glasses we sold at the library? (6,000 to be exact! Thank you!) The proceeds from the glasses allowed us to purchase a 10” Dobsonian telescope! On January 31 we’ll roll it out and you’ll have a chance to look at the total lunar eclipse through this powerful telescope. Galileo Orion (we gave the telescope a name, and we call it “Leo” for short) will be rolled out for many other programs for youth and adults, and Leo will also head out east in March for an event at the Pine Bluffs Branch Library.
One of the best ways for students to experience Discover Space is to bring your classroom or group of 10 people or more (homeschool, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H, etc.) into the library for a guided tour. Fill out a tour request form here. Discover Space is designed to fulfill science subject standards and the exhibit’s creators, our friends at the Space Science Institute, have provided a nifty guide (available on the tour link) to help you prepare for the experience. We’ll also have exhibit maps available for self-guided tours.
This exhibit is a unique opportunity to visit a science museum without traveling. The Laramie County Library is honored to be the only library in the U.S. chosen to host three Discover exhibits: Discover Earth in 2012, Discover Tech in 2014, and now Discover Space! If you experienced the first two, then you know how awesome this exhibit will be! Don’t miss it!
Live long and prosper!
Discover Space: A Cosmic Journey was developed by Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) in partnership with the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the Afterschool Alliance. The project was made possible through support from the National Science Foundation.