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Exploratorium Team on Silk Road in China Streams Total Solar Eclipse to Second Life

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July 01, 2008

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Exploratorium Team on Silk Road in China Streams Total Solar Eclipse to Second Life

Collision of Real and Virtual Worlds offers Mixed-Reality Event
July 31– August 1, 2008
Travel in-world to Exploratorium island to experience the event


On July 31, the virtual world gets a reality show when a team from the Exploratorium, the noted science museum based in San Francisco, travels to remote Xinjiang Province in Northwestern China, close to the Mongolian border, to stream a real,

Avatars in Second Life
watch the Total
Solar Eclipse: Live from
Turkey webcast in 2006

total solar eclipse into the 3D world and online community known as Second Life: http://www.secondlife.com. With video and commentary by Exploratorium and NASA scientists and guests, residents of Second Life will be transported to the path of totality in a remote desert on the ancient Silk Route where the Exploratorium's Live@ crew will be located. Second Life residents can view the 45 minute-long Webcast, starting at 3:30am PDT (10:30am UT), August 1, and continuing through totality at 4:09am PDT, to watch one of the most breathtaking events in the universe. In Second Life, there will be an eclipse viewing party complete with interactive exhibits before, during, and after the live video stream of the eclipse on Exploratorium island. The live video stream will also be available at other locations in Second Life including the Pi Day Theater at the Sploland sim, at the Science School sim, and at the Spindrift sim.

Experience the total solar eclipse in Second Life at the amphitheater on Exploratorium island secondlife://exploratorium/91/181/27. Time and date help is available at the Exploratorium’s Total Solar Eclipse: Live From China website at http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/2008. The eclipse webcast replay will be available on-demand in the amphitheater on Exploratorium island, one hour after the event.

Beginning July 1, learn more about eclipses through exhibits in Second Life which show the sun-earth-moon system to scale. Understand how eclipses happen the Second Life way, by placing your avatar into the exhibit. Second Life residents are invited to explore all the Exploratorium’s interactive exhibits to learn about solar science and points of interest along the path of totality in China. Visit a virtual yurt and listen to a specially composed soundtrack of indigenous music from the region.

To participate in Second Life, go to http://www.secondlife.com/, download and install the free Second Life viewer software, and join the Second Life community. Second Life residents can then travel in-world using the teleport feature of the viewer map or use one of the direct teleport links from the Exploratorium’s Total Solar Eclipse: Live from China website. After visiting Second Life, the eclipse-chasing digerati can check out the archived Webcast and other eclipse science on the Exploratorium site: http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/

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Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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