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The American Museum of Natural History Uses OpenSpace Presentation to Welcome Astronomers and the Public Back to the Hayden Planetarium

The American Museum of Natural History Uses OpenSpace Presentation to Welcome Astronomers and the Public Back to the Hayden Planetarium


On April 27th, 2022, the American Museum of Natural History held its first public program in the Hayden Planetarium since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic. "Astronomy Live: Our Dynamic Universe" was presented as part of the American Astronomical Society’s 53rd annual meeting of the Division on Dynamical Astronomy. Deion Desir, a graduate of the Museum’s Master of Arts in Teaching Earth Science Residency program, piloted the OpenSpace software while Dr. Jackie Faherty, Museum Senior Scientist and NASA-funded researcher, described the movement of stars and galaxies over eons of time. One hundred astronomers and 306 members of the public attended the program, which was hosted by Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson. The program provided a compelling demonstration of how the open source nature of OpenSpace allows scientists to share the latest research in a visual format that is engaging to both the scientific community and the general public.

Join us for more OpenSpace programs at https://www.openspaceproject.com/upcoming-events

OpenSpace is supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award number NNX16AB93A and is part of NASA's Science Activation Portfolio. Please visit https://science.nasa.gov/science-activation-team/openspace-project to learn more.

Colored spirals of green, blue and yellow cover the planetarium dome above the audience.
An image of the Universe, showing the movement of stars and galaxies over time.