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After Dark: Bright and Shiny

shinyGet your razzle-dazzle on and explore nature’s brilliance from the gleam of an insect’s wing to the brightest stars in the sky. Listen to steelpan music, play with prisms and lasers, and reflect on illuminating artworks.

A Light History of the Universe with Linda Shore
7:00 p.m. | Kanbar Forum

Join Dr. Linda Shore to explore the cosmic brilliance that enables scientists to detect dark planets, observe centuries-old supernova explosions, and trace the natural history of the universe from the residue of past events.

Laser Science with Ron Hipschman 

9:00 p.m. | Kanbar Forum

In 1960, the laser was known as “a solution looking for a problem.” Now we can hardly imagine life without them. Learn what’s special about laser light, how it’s made, and how it’s used in everything from DVD players to eye surgery to fusion energy research.

Lightbulb Skinny Dipping with Zeke Kossover

6:30, 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 p.m. | East Gallery

Most light bulbs lead boring lives in electrical sockets, and yet they crave adventure. Join Exploratorium science teacher Zeke Kossover to find out what happens when lightbulb wishes are fulfilled with a dip in liquid nitrogen. 

Lustrous Insects with Ralph Washington, Jr.
6:30-9:30 p.m. | East Gallery Corridor

Meet with entomologist Ralph Washington, Jr. to explore how bright color and shiny surfaces help insects attract mates, escape predators, and trick prey and how lustrous insects have inspired art, jewelry, and textiles around the world.

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Thursday, 01/04/18


Phone: (415) 528-4360
Website: Click to Visit


$17.95 advance, $19.95 at the door

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Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street)
San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: (415) 528-4444
Website: Click to Visit