Oriel Science Airshow After Dark -
With the 50th anniversary of the moon landing coming up, Oriel Science couldn’t pass up the opportunity to demonstrate some space themed, fully interactive exhibits at the Swansea Air Show After Dark event! Members of the public had the chance to test their space knowledge with the “Lost in Space Quiz”, get hands on with the search for their very own Micrometeorites, explore a map of the stars above Swansea in the palm of their hand, experiment with what affects gravity in our gravitational mesh experiment, and as always, ask the Oriel Science Ambassadors anything they could think of!
Do you know who was the first person in space? Or which planets are solid enough that you could actually stand on them? Perhaps even what the name of the first spacecraft was that left the solar system and entered interstellar space? Test your knowledge with the Oriel Science lost in space quiz and let us know how you did! There may be even a prize!
With the help of the Oriel Science Ambassadors you could learn how to discover and identify your very own micrometeorites! Micrometeorites are tiny particles of rock in space (usually less than one gram) that has survived entry through the earth’s atmosphere to reach the earth’s surface. Micrometeorites are the remnants of shooting stars (meteors) which survive the journey through the Earth’s atmosphere to reach the surface of the Earth.
- If you had no luck with the micrometeorites, fear not! You could still explore the space and stars above Swansea itself using our prepared tablets. Have you ever wondered what’s above you in the nights sky?
Have you ever wondered how gravity works? The purpose of this exhibit is to demonstrate a basic idea of how gravitation is the curvature of spacetime caused by the uneven distribution of mass. It is a nice visualisation of the natural phenomenon associated with all things with mass and energy, and how they are brought together.
Traditionally we are taught that gravity acts as a ‘force’ that brings objects together, however it is most accurately described by the general theory of relativity (proposed by Albert Einstein in 1915) who describes gravity not as a force but as a consequence of the curvature of spacetime, describing the passage of time, the geometry of space, the motion of bodies in ‘free fall’ and the propagation of light.
This exhibit allows any participant to experience this for themselves under the guidance of our Oriel Science Ambassadors.
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