NASA - lighteningHere. There. Everywhere. is a collection of high-quality display panels that presents stunning photographs, explanatory text and hands-on activities related to science, engineering, and technology.  Topics covered include shadows, wind, flow of electric charge, bow waves, bending of light, erosion, collision of atoms, spirals in nature, seeds, explosive eruptions, and bubbles large and small.  The exhibit offers a series of visual comparisons of phenomena on Earth’s human scale to some of the largest events in the cosmos.  The traveling exhibit was conceived, designed, and generated by a team at the Chandra X-ray Center, which is part of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA, with funding support from NASA.

“Our daily experiences reveal much about how our world works, and thinking about everyday examples helps form our basic understanding of physics,” said Patrick Slane, an astrophysicist involved with the project. “This exhibit will help show that these laws of physics have universal relevance.” To enrich the public’s experience of Here. There. Everywhere. the Library District has planned several programs for adults.

Special Programs

Thursday, May 1, 7 pm, Adriance Memorial Library

Professor  Zosia Krusberg of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Vassar College will speak about her research on dark matter and its connection to physics in a talk entitled “Illuminating Dark Matter: Cosmology and Particle Physics.”  Dr. Krusberg is interested in the mind, brain, and education, and how research in these areas can inform physics and astronomy education at all levels.

Monday, May 5, 8:30 pm (Rain Date: Wednesday, May 7), Vassar College Observatory

Join a small group guided tour of the Observatory.  If interest is high, a second tour will start at 9:30 pm.

Wednesday, May 7, 9 – 11 pm, Vassar College Observatory

Visitors from the community are welcome to gaze into space at the observatory tonight, weather permitting. If weather or schedule is doubtful contact the Department of Physics and Astronomy at (845) 437-7340 before 4:30 PM, or call the observatory at (845) 437-7679 after 8:45 PM.

Wednesday, May 14 at 7 pm, The Auditorium, 105 Market Street,

Author and astronomer Bob Berman returns to Poughkeepsie for an engaging exploration of unexpected new cosmological revelations in a talk entitled Is the Universe Infinite?  Bob has written five books, publishes regularly in scientific magazines, hosts a weekly astronomy spot on public radio, and is a monthly guest host on WAMC’s afternoon call-in show.  Bob lectures widely and leads group astronomy tours around the world.

The Library District’s Youth Services Department has also planned companion programs for students in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) core throughout the month of May.  The NASA exhibit on the cosmos is available free of charge every day during regular library hours at Adriance Memorial Library, 93 Market Street in Poughkeepsie. For more library information, check or call 845-485-3445 X 3702.