After School Program

Open Space - Exploratory Course

Through February 14, 2018

A light source (visible on the left), activates the sensor on OSIRIS-REx (middle), which maps the asteroid (right).

The OSIRIS-REx probe will use a suite of sensors to map its target.


How do you make objects in outer space, objects that no human has ever visited, easier to understand on a more intuitive level? Science Visualizations! The Open Space project is a brand-new planetarium software being developed by the Natural History Museum that is pushing the boundaries of visualizing outer space. This class will use Open Space and other Science Visualizations to help understand some of the amazing objects in our solar system such as Mars, Pluto, Comets, Asteroids, the Sun, and our own Earth. Activities will include defining what separates a cutting-edge science visualization from other methods of communicating science, understanding how scientists gather data from different missions in outer space, and examining how these tools help scientists discover new and exciting properties of these mysterious worlds.

Meeting Times: Wednesdays 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Meeting Dates: 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14