Stellar: The Formation of Stars
For all of recorded history, people have told stories about the stars. They looked up and saw the shapes of animals, gods, and legends. The night sky and those tiny specks of light capture the human imagination.
As science has evolved, we’ve begun to tell new stories. Stories about where the stars are, about how stars are born, live, and die. We ask questions and want to tell new stories. We add images to the stories we tell.In 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope gave us the ability to see more and farther than we ever had before. New telescopes, including others in space, have given us the ability to peer deep into space and time, to see more than the human eye can see, and to further untangle the mystery of star formation. But even as we learn more, more questions arise.
How are astronomers able to peer through dense molecular clouds—to “see” beyond the regular optical spectrum and create awe-inspiring images? What do we know about how stars are created and how they die? And what mysteries remain as astronomers and astrophysicists probe these distant zones of creation and destruction?
The Things We Carry (A community-curated exhibition)
Objects hold memories. Physical things carry traces of people we have loved, times of joy and terror, and places we may have heard of, but never visited. They connect us to distant homelands and important moments in personal and family memory. Through our objects, we carry with us complex emotions and histories. Sometimes, in contemplating these material things, we discover new insights about where we have come from and whom we might become.
All the items in this exhibit have been loaned by community members who are sharing their stories and memories with us. Some are fun and funny. Others are sad and poignant. All are united by common threads of remembrance, reflection, and resilience.
Welcome to Mars
Humanity may be able to establish a permanent, self-sustaining colony on Mars within the next 50 to 100 years. What would it take to create and maintain a long term habit for people on the red planet?
January 2017-December 2017
The Wenas Creek Mammoth