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E X H I B I T S

Electronic visualizations which mainly focus on astronomical/cosmological themes. Some are stand alone and able to be used right from being downloaded from the site. Others are interactive and require facilitation by someone while they are playing. You are free to use any of our material you desire, we just ask that you credit us and, if possible, tell us you are using it with a quick email in the spirit of freeware, so that we know where our pieces are being used.


SSDS flythrough

 

SSDS flythrough

Sloan Digital Sky Survey

SDSS Galaxy Fly-through

An interactive 3D view of the large scale structure of the universe. Data courtesy of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.

SDSS Movie

A movie that takes the viewer from a terrestrial perspective at the Apache Point Observatory on to a fly through of galaxies at the edge of the universe.

APO Walk-trough

An interactive virtual visit to the Apache Point Observatory(APO), home of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.


Fingers of God Evolution Simulation

Evolution of the universe

Fingers of God

Data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey is not perfect. Observationally, local motions and cosmological stretching of space can get mixed up. This is a technical project to smooth out some of these artifacts, called 'Fingers of God', because they seem to point to one spot.


VERITAS telescope

VERITAS - Telescope Array

VERITAS Walkthough

An interactive virtual visit to one of the gamma ray telescopes from the Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System (VERITAS) that is under construction in southern Arizona.


Milky Way

Milky Way

Other Astronomical Visualizations

Milky Way

A model of the Milky Way that isn't a simple photograph.

Milky Way Stars

The stars nearest to Earth in the Milky Way.

Earth at Night

3D views of the Earth showing light pollution all over the globe, and several other things.


Stereo APO

Stereo APO

Stereo Photography Archive

SDSS/Apache Point Observatory

taken by Jurek Krzesinski

Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO)/SZA

taken by Chris Greer

OVRO/SZA Non-Stereo Photos

taken by Chris Greer

More OVRO/SZA Non-Stereo Photos

taken by Chris Greer


Works in Progress

Works in Progress

Mad Libs

Using metaphors to teach cosmological concepts (needs Shockwave player - only for Windows/Mac platforms).


 

E V A L U A T I O N S
O F  E X H I B I T S

We were interested in evaluating the exhibits we created, yet due to our time constraints, large scale formal evaluations were not possible. We were able to perform a study of our SDSS themed exhibits showed in conjunction with other 3D models at SciTech, a children's museum in Aurora, IL. Below is some background information discovered for evaluation of museum exhibits in general, steps taken in development of the study and results. Thesis written on study results is found in our Publications/Presentations section below.

Types of Evaluations

Short descriptions of the three main types of evaluations performed on museum exhibits.

Outline for study

Outline for the study that was performed involving our SDSS exhibits from above.

Survey Interview Guide

Questions used in interviews given after audiences from studiy watched various VR exhibit, including the SDSS exhibits above.

Outline of Results: Indicators and Factors

Skeletal outline of results found from study. Full results detailed in thesis in Publications/Presentations section below.

Useful Evaluation References

References that are useful in investigating exhibit evaluations in general and virtual reality evaluation, specifically.


 

P U B L I C A T I O N S /
P R E S E N T A T I O N S

Papers

Cosmus: Virtual 3D Cosmology in Public Science Museums.

Paper written and presented at Virtual Reality for Public Consumption, IEEE's Virtual Reality 2004 Workshop.

Studying Visitor Engagement in Virtual Reality Based Children's Science Museum Exhibits.

Unpublished thesis written on evaluation study using modules from Cosmus project.

Powerpoint Presentations

Initial Presentation given SciTech - 12.8.03

Presentaiton given to SCOPE PIs and guests - 3.12.04

Presentaiton given to Univ of Chicago Museums and Anthropolgy class - 4.16..4