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Saturday, Jun 04, 2011 through Sunday, Aug 28, 2011


Join us this summer for SPACED OUT fun as we focus on astronomy throughout the building! We are featuring the exhibit Black Holes: Space Warps & Time Twists from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The exhibit will reveal what we know, don’t know and think we know about one of the world's greatest space mysteries. Additionally, we will have on display the stunning "From Earth to the Universe" exhibit. We are also showing the critically acclaimed, new Hubble IMAX film in the J.L. Bedsole IMAX Dome Theater. And, don't miss the "Stars Over Alabama" Digital Theater show to learn about the constellations in our summer sky. Finally, we have exciting lab programs that will help visitors learn how and what astronauts eat in space and how rockets work.

The Black Holes exhibit will debut at the Exploreum June 4, 2011 and be open until Aug. 28, 2011.

The corresponding IMAX® film for the exhibit will be Hubble, which is narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio and new to Mobile. Through the power of IMAX, Hubble will enable movie-goers to journey through distant galaxies to explore the grandeur and mysteries of our celestial surroundings, and accompany space-walking astronauts as they attempt the most difficult and important tasks in NASA’s history. The film will offer an inspiring and unique look into the Hubble Space Telescope’s legacy and highlight its profound impact on the way we view the universe and ourselves.

In addition, the Hearin-Chandler Virtual Journeys Digital Theater will be producing a new show called "Stars Over Alabama," which will discuss the constellations that can be viewed from our area during the summer months.

Eat like an astronaut this summer! Visitors can enjoy the Snacks in Space demonstration. Guests will have the chance to create and devour their own space snack, while learning about the difficulties of preparing food for space travel.


H20 Blast-Off - It's a countdown to fun! Learn the science behind propulsion and how common tap water can be used to launch a rocket and your imagination into infinity and beyond.

Under Pressure - Forces in space can be a tight squeeze! Learn all about how the pressure differences in space can do a lot more than just pop your ears.

Loaned to the Exploreum from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, "From Earth to the Universe" is a collection of astronomical images that showcase the most dramatic views of the universe. The images represent the incredible variety of astronomical objects that are known to exist -- planets, comets, stars, nebulae, galaxies and the clusters in which they congregate.

The exhibit is designed like a space mission; visitors are sent out to search for evidence of real black holes in our universe. Through a number of stations, a visitor will observe the peculiar properties of black holes, their amazing journey from theory to fact, and some common—and entertaining—misconceptions. A variety of interactive components will give visitors an in-depth experience of how black holes behave, shape our universe and influence our lives.

At the start of their journey, visitors will pick up a Black Holes Explorer’s ID Card, which they can use throughout the exhibit to collect discoveries and generate a personalized website that only they can access. The website serves as part personal diary, part observer’s log and will include data recorded by the visitor, including their observations, conclusions, questions, notes and photos they’ve captured of their group and their activities. Helping to guide the visitor through their explorations in the exhibit will be photos and videos of the Youth Team exhibit collaborators and a diverse team of scientists and engineers.

The final portion of the exhibit is truly an adventure for space travelers of all ages. Step into your immersive excursion pod and set your course for an extreme fantasy vacation to the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. The challenge: pilot your pod to an alien spacecraft wreck at the edge of the black hole and dive down to discover its hidden treasure—then live to tell about it.

Prepare to be disoriented as the black hole distorts the once-familiar surrounding universe. Adventurous excursion activities will allow you to experience the black hole’s spectacular effect on its environment, space and time. But keep an eye on the clock – you don’t want to be left behind when your galactic cruise ship, the Singularity, departs. Unexpected emergencies could arise, prompting a fall into the black hole itself!

Black Holes: Space Warps & Time Twists is a production of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The Black Holes exhibition is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation with additional major support from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Out of this World Birthday Parties
Shuttles, planets and more! This theme is perfect for the aspiring young astronaut. Learn the science of rocket propulsion in an out-of-this-world experiment! Call 251.208.6881 for more information.

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