Space Warps & Time Twists

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

How do you engage visitors with the most extreme objects in the universe?

We partnered with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Jeff Kennedy Associates on an Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) traveling exhibition called Black Holes: Space Warps & Time Twists.

This exhibition has been installed at 12 different locations including the Boston Museum of Science during the summer of 2009, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in New Hampshire in fall 2009, and the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Michigan in 2015.

The exhibition features eleven interconnected computer interactives utilizing XhibitNet’s networked visitor experience support technology, engaging visitors in personalized, hands-on discovery about the latest black hole research.

 

The experience

  • Visitors interact with actual deep-space observations of anomalous star orbits around invisible, high-intensity gravity sources to determine exactly where that source is located.
  • Visitors participate in new deep-space research by requesting personalized observations from an actual remote research telescope. The visitor’s requested observational images are captured overnight and automatically uploaded to their own personalized website the next day.
  • A sample visitor website can be accessed at http://web-bh.cfa.harvard.edu/. Please use the following number as your Sign In Explorer’s ID: 004425991286. After you Sign In, click “I prefer to keep using my 12-digit Explorer’s Card ID” on the next page.