February 1st, 2016
Galileo Galilei transformed our knowledge of the universe in 1609 when he peered into the cosmos using an telescope—the first person to do so. An exciting exhibit, which opens the week of February 1st at Cecil County Public Library, celebrates the story of how astronomy has evolved over the four hundred years since then.
“Visions of the Universe: Four Centuries of Discovery” uses historical drawings and diagrams made by Galileo and other early astronomers, along with dramatic contemporary images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and other space missions, to show how our views and understanding of the universe and the objects within it have changed over the centuries. The 12-paneled exhibit will be on display at the Perryville Branch, Chesapeake City Branch and Elkton Central Library through March.
Space exploration has fascinated Americans, especially in the 20th century, from Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier in 1947 to the space race and Apollo 11’s 1969 moon landing and from the development, then retirement of the Space Shuttle, to NASA’s current call for a new class of astronauts. Movies and books have also encouraged our love of space, whether fact or fiction, from Gravity to Star Wars and from “Neil Armstrong: a Life of Flight” to “The Martian.”
The “Visions of the Universe” exhibit will engage our community in a discussion of what’s really in the night sky, our understanding of it past and present, and the possibilities of future exploration. This exhibit and related programs are an opportunity to remind parents and ignite the imaginations of children and teens about the many career possibilities in STEM industries –right here in Cecil County and throughout Maryland. With the right education and experiences students can embark on career-paths in a wide variety of fields such as: aeronautical (Orbital ATK), defense (Aberdeen Proving Ground, US Naval Academy), Physics (Johns Hopkins Applied Physics lab), medicine (Shock Trauma) and research (University of Maryland) – just to name a few.
CCPL will offer space-themed events for all ages on a variety of topics for children, teens and adults, such as “Astronaut Academy,” “Constellation Hunting” and “Meet an Astronaut.” For more information or to sign-up pick up a brochure at any Cecil County Public Library branch or visit www.cecil.ebranch.info.
“Visions of the Universe” is presented by the Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Maryland; the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, Massachusetts; and the American Library Association, Chicago, through funding from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
What’s your favorite space book or movie?