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00:03:14
Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya muses on her ephemeral outdoor creation for the Exploratorium—the Fog Bridge—explaining it as both an homage to San Francisco and a conversation with nature itself.

Project: Arts at the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: October 10, 2013
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Art
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00:04:40
Astronomer Dr. Isabel Hawkins's journey to the stars began with two chance moments of enchantment with celestial bodies in her native Argentina. Inspired by the mystery of the sky, she went on to study physics and astronomy in California and then to work for 20 years as a research astronomer at UC Berkeley. Now retired from research and devoted to inciting a love of the stars and sky in young people, Dr. Hawkins reflects on her own initial moments of inspiration, on sharing her love of stars with others, and on how astronomy can, and should, remind us of our connection to one another, under a canopy of mystery.

Project: Driven: True Stories of Inspiration | Browse All

Date: July 30, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art, Astronomy/Space Science
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00:01:04
Video teaser for the upcoming launch of the new Exploratorium website, 'Never Lost'. Learn a little bit about Polynesian Navigation in anticipation of the full website

Project: Never Lost: Polynesian Navigation | Browse All

Date: March 23, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:01:54
This After Dark event featured a special installation of the Cubatron by Bay Area artist and engineer Mark Lottor. A visually stunning favorite of music and art festival audiences, the Cubatron is a 3–D light sculpture made from 8–x–8-foot modular cubes, each containing 1,000 individually programmable RGB LEDs. Viewed from any direction—even underneath—the Cubatron’s thousands of programmed pixels paint exquisite arrays of color that cascade in spectacularly dynamic patterns.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: January 20, 2010
Format: Event
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art, General Science
Running Time:
00:07:31
Which is farthest away from the earth, the stars or Pluto? The answer may be obvious to you, but a lot of people get this wrong. Listen to TI director Linda Shore as she presents a little survey about how things are arranged in the heavens—and explains what the surprising results mean.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: December 9, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:21:08
Astrophysicist Paul Coleman and expert ocean navigator Kalepa Baybayan visited the Exploratorium as advisors to our Polynesian Navigation project—a large-scale Web resource (launching April 2010) that will feature the astounding navigation practices of the Pacific Islanders, who were expertly navigating the Pacific thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans. Paul Coleman works at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy, where he concentrates on the large-scale structure of the universe. Kalepa Baybayan is an expert navigator who mentors Hawaiian youth in native navigation practices. Both men are native Hawaiians. We spoke with them about traditional navigation practices, the balance between science and spirituality from a native perspective, and the benefits of being grounded in one’s culture.

Project: Exploratorium Audio Salon | Browse All

Date: July 15, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Physics, Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:48:40
Searching for extraterrestrial life: is it telephoning aliens or really complicated math equations? Join Senior Scientist Paul Doherty, NASA Ames planetary Scientist Eric Wegryn, and SETI's Senior Scientist Seth Shostak as they explore how to find planets that could support life. How many of these planets are there? How did we find them? When will we know for sure?

Project: SETI | Browse All

Date: December 10, 2005
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
0:40:48
On the occasion of Hubble's 15th birthday we unveil two spectacular mosaic images from the telescope, discuss the amazing accomplishments of Hubble during the past 15 years, and look at some of the images from space.

Project: Origins: Hubble | Browse All

Date: April 26, 2005
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:58:53
How can a mathematical equation frame the question of life in the universe? We’ll talk with Frank Drake, one of the founders of the SETI Institute, about his famous equation and how it frames the search for signs of intelligent life in the universe.

Project: Origins: Astrobiology: The Search for Life | Browse All

Date: November 15, 2003
Format: Interview
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:10:19
Join the Exploratorium's Dr. Paul Doherty as he visits a "sculpture to observe the stars" in northern New Mexico, where the Sangre de Cristo Mountains meet the eastern plains. There artist Charles Ross is creating an art installation that is also a star observatory. This major earthwork has two main elements: the Star Tunnel, which allows you to walk through the entire history of the earth's changing alignment to our North Star, Polaris; and the Solar Pyramid, where one can visually experience an hour of the earth's rotation.

Project: Light and Landscape | Browse All

Date: September 16, 2003
Format: Interview
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Arts, Astronomy/Space Science