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Light: Beyond the Bulb Exhibition

When:

Fri 9 Oct 2015, 1:00pm–5:30pm
Sat 10 Oct 2015, 9:30am–5:30pm
Sun 11 Oct 2015, 9:30am–2:00pm

Where: Twizel Events Centre, 61 McKenzie Dr, Twizel, Mackenzie

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: StarlightFestival

In proclaiming an International Year focusing on the topic of light science and its applications, the United Nations has recognized the importance of raising global awareness about how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. Light plays a vital role in our daily lives and is an imperative cross-cutting discipline of science in the 21st century. It has revolutionized medicine, opened up international communication via the Internet, and continues to be central to linking cultural, economic and political aspects of the global society.

Light: Beyond the Bulb is an open-source international exhibition for the International Year of Light to showcase the incredible variety of light-based science being researched today across the electro-magnetic spectrum, across scientific disciplines, and across technological platforms. The exhibit materials and striking images have been crowd-sourced and then expertly curated for science content, high-quality printability, stunning beauty and ability to engage the greater public. They were curated at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The images are based on an award-winning "proof of concept" platform “From Earth to the Universe” from the International Year of Astronomy 2009. Light: Beyond the Bulb offers wide international reach, high visibility and improved public awareness on the science of light.

The glow of a candle, the rise of the Sun, and the illumination of a lamp are things that can bring comfort and warmth to our lives. Humans are, after all, drawn to light. But there is more to light, quite literally, than meets the eye. Light takes on many forms - from radio waves to microwaves to X-rays and more -- that are largely invisible and undetectable without modern technology. Light in all of its forms allows us to communicate, entertain, explore, and understand the world we inhabit and the Universe we live in. This exhibit shows you some examples of the myriad of wonderful things that light can do, and how it plays a critical role in our lives every day.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Christchurch International Airport.

Canterbury exhibition coordinators: John Hearnshaw and Sharlene Mullen, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Canterbury.