Wilmington, DE – Asteroids and comets have had a significant effect on Earth’s history, and they are likely to influence the future as well. While asteroids and comets are popular subjects for movies such as Armageddon and Deep Impact, they are also playing their own starring role in NASA research.
a high-altitude flight suit and a NASA space suit, four different kinds of telescopes for stargazing, meteorite specimens, and photographs by local amateur astronomers of sunspots, Comet Hale-Bopp, Orion Nebula and more.
- Go on a mission to gather data about asteroids and comets.
- Operate a blink comparator device to understand one of the tools astronomers use to find Near Earth Objects.
- Learn how scientists use light curves to determine the shape and movement of asteroids.
- Save Earth and learn about gravity by trying to divert a “rubble pile” asteroid from impacting our planet.
- See what would happen if a comet or asteroid hit your town.
- Shoot a projectile into a water tank and use a Spin Browser to manipulate high speed video of your impact.
- Examine a collection of rocks and use tests (magnetism, color, density) to determine which is a meteorite.
- Watch clips from Hollywood movies such as Armageddon and The Empire Strikes Back and determine if they got the science right.
- Build your own solar system, including asteroid belts and comets, using a 42″ touch-table display.
MORE INFO: Visit www.delmnh.org or call (302) 658-9111
As the only natural history museum in the state, the Delaware Museum of Natural History opened its doors in 1972 to excite and inform people about the natural world through exploration and discovery. The museum houses Delaware’s only permanent dinosaur display, surrounded by exhibits of mammals, shells, and other specimens from around the world. The museum stores renowned scientific collections of mollusks and birds, including one of the top-ten mollusk collections in the United States.