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Take a ride through space ... in Allentown

By , - Last modified: August 19, 2014 at 4:40 PM
A supermoon on August 10, 2014. Shot with a Canon T3 and a 300mm telephoto lens.
A supermoon on August 10, 2014. Shot with a Canon T3 and a 300mm telephoto lens. - (Photo / )

Typically, I blog about arts and entertainment in the Lehigh Valley … but one thing that's always intrigued me is the depth of the universe.

While I firmly believe that everything in life is interconnected — through some shape or form — the vast exploration of space and its solar systems evokes so many questions, most of which cannot be answered.

We all know that advancements in science and technology have taught us so much more than we ever thought possible, but staring into a darkened, starry sky, I can’t help but to start questioning the meaning of our tiny little world, and what bigger (and maybe even smaller) things are beyond us.

This is something that’s fascinated me since I was a kid. I remember getting overly excited when, in elementary school, the gymnasium would be converted into a planetarium and we’d learn about the constellations and the Greek mythology behind them. At the time it all seemed so surreal, but the older I got, the more interest I took in learning about what stars were made from, and not just what or who they were associated with.

Even now at 27, I still feel hyped when I hear there’s going to be a supermoon or a meteor shower. I even own a telescope that regularly finds its way onto my roof on a clear night.

And while I always knew that I’d never be an astronomer, I always did my part to learn whatever I could about the mysterious Milky Way and what lies in the depths beyond.

So, one thing that I was excited to see was the opening of the exhibit “Space: A Journey to Our Future” at the Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown.

Created in part by NASA, Space brings the epic and innovative story of space exploration to life.

The exhibit, open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. every day through Sept. 7, offers a panoply of innovative exhibits related to space.

Some of the exhibits:

  • Exploring a future Lunar Base Camp as you walk through a full-size space habitat and work pod.
  • Touching real rocks from the Earth’s moon and Mars.
  • Taking a spin on a centrifuge that can be powered like a bicycle.
  • Getting an up-close look at a wide range of artifacts and displays on the new spacecraft that will take humanity back to the moon and beyond.
  • Experiencing the past, present and future of space through breathtaking displays and interactive experiences.

There are only a few more weeks to experience this legendary exhibition, so put on your moon shoes and bounce over to the Da Vinci Science Center and start exploring.

Pricing for the exhibit:

  • Adults: $19.95.
  • Children (12 and younger): $16.95.
  • Seniors (62 and older): $16.95.
  • Military members: $16.95.
  • Toddlers (3 and younger): Free.
  • Da Vinci Science Center members: Free.
  • Members of all other Association of Science Technology centers: $7.

Air Products and the Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation are sponsors of the exhibition, which appears as part of the center’s “Year of Innovation.”

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Christopher Holland

Christopher Holland

Christopher Holland is a researcher for Lehigh Valley Business and blogs on arts and entertainment in the region.

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