Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Day 100: Grand Opening Announcement

Opening:  Saturday, November 16th at 11am SLT

Kimika Ying presents Oceania Planetary Park, a walking tour of the solar system in an island park setting. Supported by the Linden Endowment for the Arts.

Visitors are invited to hike the mountain trail where they can see and gain an appreciation for the relative sizes of the planets. Other exhibits can be reached from the ground floor of the observatory at the end of the trail.

The park was created as an educational experience but the intent is to inspire a sense of wonder about the universe outside of our home planet.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Day 90: Exhibit opening and video tours

Running Tour from Kimika Ying on Vimeo.

First a quick tour, from the arrival point up to the observatory.  

Gravity well from Kimika Ying on Vimeo.

And a look at the new gravity well exhibit.  You can aim the cannon to set balls rolling into the well at different angles.

What is a gravity well? Wikipedia has a technical answer:
A gravity well or gravitational well is a conceptual model of the gravitational field surrounding a body in space. The more massive the body, the deeper and more extensive the gravity well associated with it. The Sun is very massive, relative to other bodies in the solar system, so the corresponding gravity well that surrounds it appears "deep" and far-reaching. The gravity wells of asteroids and small moons, conversely, are often depicted as very shallow. Anything on the surface of a planet or moon is considered to be at the bottom of that celestial body's gravity well, and so escaping the effects of gravity from such a planet or moon, (to enter outer space,) is sometimes called "climbing out of the gravity well." The deeper a gravity well is, the more energy any space-bound "climber" must use to escape it.

And for "what does it all mean?" in regard to our solar system, we go to xkcd.