Reaching for the stars and the exoplanets

NASA traveling exhibit at the museum

Belen Ward
bward@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 1/11/22

The city of Fort Lupton brings the stars to the museum with the national traveling exhibit “Discover Exoplanets: The Search for Alien Worlds.” The place is the Fort Lupton Museum, 453 First St. …

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Reaching for the stars and the exoplanets

NASA traveling exhibit at the museum

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The city of Fort Lupton brings the stars to the museum with the national traveling exhibit “Discover Exoplanets: The Search for Alien Worlds.”

The place is the Fort Lupton Museum, 453 First St.

“It’s the right opportunity for everybody in Fort Lupton to come and see this wonderful display,” said Maggie Bidmead, museum coordinator.

The traveling exhibit explores the world of space and astronomy with subject matter searching for livable worlds that are outside the solar systems. NASA scientists are searching these worlds and studying how they could be similar to Earth.

The exhibit comes from the NASA library, and it’s educational with NASA-centric STEAM topics. The exhibit is interactive with multimedia activities to build solar systems on a large touchscreen table. In addition, there’s a chance to learn about NASA’s most recent planet discoveries. Visitors can enter a drawing to win a crystal solar system. The museum is partnering with the Erie Community Library.

“We’re having a couple of special Saturdays with one or two speakers from the Space Science Institute from Boulder from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Jan. 22 and 29, “said Bidmead.

The Discover Exoplanets is designed by the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) in collaboration with NASA’s Universe of Learning. The project is made possible with support from NASA.

The exoplanets traveling exhibit is only in nine locations Fort Lupton Museum, Erie Community Library, The Library Station in Springfield, Missouri, the Discover Center in Springfield, Vernal Public Library in Vernal, Utah, the Uintah County Heritage Museum in Vernal, the East Meadows Public Library in East Meadows, N.Y., and Cradle of Aviation in Garden City, N.Y.

The Fort Lupton museum is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Call 303-857-1634.

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