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.


1 comment:

  1. Great work Kimika! Oceania Planetary Park is beautiful & inspiring! TY & Congratulations!


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