Scenes from the Space Gallery

Space Gallery

Keep up with the latest news in astronomy, cosmology, and space exploration in the Space Gallery, located behind the giant heart on the Lower Exhibit Level. Learn about different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, from radiation to radio waves.

No Space Gallery would be complete without a planetarium! Three shows are offered in the Silverman Planetarium each weekend and everyday during local school breaks. CLICK HERE to learn more about the immersive planetarium shows offered at the Museum.

Near the planetarium is the Rotary TOPO Theater. Get a hands-on understanding of what topography is by creating mountains, valleys, and plains in an augmented reality sandbox. Watch what happens when you pile sand high, dig down deep, and hold your hand over it. Then take a turn flying through a topographic representation of an alien planet with the interactive TOPO flyer!

The final section of the Space Gallery exhibit is Cosmic Connections, which takes a look at our place in the universe. And when you’re talking about the universe, you’re talking about numbers so large they are hard to imagine. How many kilometers are in a light year? The number is so large that we need an extra-large calculator to figure it out! Last but certainly not least important, explore the nature of comets, dark matter, and dark energy!