Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Official Newsletter - Fall 2014

Volume 14, Issue 4
Fall 2014

Thank you for your active involvement in the Center for Earth & Space Science Education. In this quarterly newsletter, we will be discussing our new Earthquake exhibit, two new shows that will be debuting along with the exhibit, and some of the special events we have coming up in the next few months. 


Clear skies!  


Dr. Tom Hooten,

Director, Center for Earth & Space Science Education

New Shows: "Earthquake" and "Cosmic Journey" Now Open!

Starting at Point Reyes in Northern California, the show flies south along the San Andreas Fault until it reaches San Francisco. The Golden Gate Bridge fades away as the clock rewinds to 1906. The audience experiences an all-digital recreation of the 7.9-magnitude earthquake, followed by a scientific dissection of the event-including views of the underground fault plane and the propagation of seismic energy waves based on supercomputer simulations. Guests then embark on a high-speed tour of the past 200 million years, witnessing the formation of the Atlantic Ocean, flying over the cradle of humanity in Africa's Great Rift Valley, and visiting sites of historic earthquakes in India, China, and Japan-including the 9.0-magnitude Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.


Nestled deep within a huge spiral galaxy containing hundreds of billions of stars is an average yellow star. Yet there is something extraordinary about this star-it's ours! Travel the solar system faster than the speed of light, taking in all the wonders of its diverse planets and moons. Volcanoes tower 80,000 feet above a barren surface. Monstrous hurricanes rage for 400 years. And multicolored rings sit suspended in air. In Cosmic Journey: A Solar System Adventure, you'll make your way to some of the most interesting and intriguing locations that circle our Sun. It will take you on a voyage to the outer reaches of our Solar System in search of worlds that might support life.


Both the Earthquake show and Cosmic Journey premier on September 8th and the exhibit will be open to the public on September 20th. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket counter when you arrive. Our new hours are listed below, but they can also be found on our website along with the upcoming show schedule.

Public hours:
(starting September 8th)
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 1:30 pm-5:00pm
Thursday: 1:30 pm-5:00 pm
Friday: 1:30 pm-5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:30 am-5:00 pm

 Check out the
blog for more frequent updates!


Space Art Contest

The 2014 Earth and Space Art Challenge is for artists interested in displaying their talent in order to answer a difficult question. The purpose of this competition is to provide artistic solutions to a specific scenario and to encourage all participants to think deeply in order to solve complex problems. 

In the future, humans may build settlements and cities on Mars. Men, women, and children who live on Mars will have many obstacles and dangers to overcome. These pioneers must find ways to deal with the lack of liquid water, sustainability of food, deadly radiation, poisonous atmosphere, and inhospitable temperatures. As part of this year's Earth & Space Art Challenge, we want you to visualize a solution to any of the obstacles these settlers on Mars must face and overcome if they are to survive. What would a thriving community on Mars look like? You are free to reflect upon any aspect of this challenge, visualize a solution, and create an artistic representation of your solution. Your artistic rendering may address any problems the Martian settlers might encounter. For example, you may want to consider what a healthy and sustainable community would look like on Mars, or a specific mechanism, or perhaps a vehicle, or any other aspect of humans living on Mars. But don't be limited by our examples; use your imagination to create your own unique artwork.

For more information about the 2014 Earth and Space Art Challenge including how to enter, prizes, and rules, click here.

Upcoming Events: 

da Vinci Summer ends 

September 7th 

Public Astronomy Lecture

September 18th

Earthquake Exhibit Opens 

September 20th 

Star Party 

September 20th

Lunar Eclipse

October 8th 

Public Astronomy Lecture

October 16th

Star Party

October 18th 

Partial Solar Eclipse

October 23rd 

Contact Us:                                                           
The Center for Earth & Space Science Education
1411 East Lake St.
 Tyler, TX 75701                                                                                    903-510-2312

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