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Lunar Lore: After Dark

luna loreWhat stories do we see in the night sky? People have long told stories about the moon and spun explanations for they way it moves and how our view of it changes. At After Dark: Lunar Lore, learn more about the science behind our night sky and how the moon and the stars have served as creative inspirations...

What Can the Moon Teach Us?  With Ken Finn

7:30 p.m.  |  Bechtel Gallery 3, Wattis Webcast Studio

Fifty years ago, humans got up close and personal with the Moon. However, our planet's only natural satellite has always been part of the human condition. Come learn about the phases of the moon and what on Earth responds to this ever-changing yet repeating cycle as Exploratorium educator, Ken Finn, shares some observations and activities to make these gradual cyclic changes more understandable.

The Trip to the Moon  Accompanied by Scienceband
8:00 p.m.  |  Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum

Launch your imagination with the seminal science fiction film Le Voyage Dans La Lune(1902, 15 min.), accompanied by the fact-based Bay Area supergroup Scienceband. Created by Georges Méliès in the early years of cinema, The Trip to the Moon is a fantasy of rocket exploration and extraterrestrial discovery. Keeping this cinematic treasure fresh, Scienceband will perform a full set of contemporary grooves and science facts alongside the celluloid.

On the Astral Plane  With Ishan ایشان 
8:15 and 9:15 p.m.  |  Bechtel Gallery 3

On the Astral Plane playfully explores the subtle mapping of lunar forces gravity and lunar lore myth, magic onto the human mind and psyche. Tune into the physical, the geophysical, and the extraphysical in this dance performance choreographed and performed by Ishan ایشان, an experimental performance collaborative founded by Armineh Astanbous and Rachael Sharkland.

Everything Matters: Zirconium  With Ron Hipschman
8:00 p.m.  |  Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery 6

Best known for its use in producing imitation diamonds, the element zirconium has more to offer than just glitter and shine. Too reactive to ever be found alone in its natural state, its compounds are hard, stable, and useful in a variety of industrial, chemical, and nuclear settings. Take a shine to this sparkly transition metal with scientific raconteur Ron Hipschman. 

The Sound of the Space Race in Black and White With Brad Erickson
8:30 p.m.  |  Bechtel Gallery 3, Wattis Webcast Studio

As the United States and the former Soviet Union battled for supremacy in space, African Americans challenged white supremacy on the ground. Both of these themes took root in both countercultures and popular cultures in deep and surprising ways. Join Brad Erikson in a musical journey that traces how the space race and visions of the moon manifested in popular culture. From George Clinton to David Bowie, each musician’s imagining of space showed deep roots in their cultural backgrounds, giving rise to divergent astral views with impact that linger in popular culture today.


Moon on View: Artifacts from the Collection of the Lick Observatory
6:30-8:30 p.m. |  Bechtel Gallery 3, near Sun Painting

For 131 years, Lick Observatory has been an essential and active center for astronomical study in California. Over the course of its long and notable history, Lick has amassed a rich collection of scientific objects, hand-written log books from Lick astronomers, and photographic plates that include spectrograms and images from the Observatory’s programs and research. Glimpse a small, captivating sample from this remarkable collection with Lick Observatory Historical Collection project director Tony Misch.

Playful Programmable Projection  With the Tinkering Studio
7:00-9:00 p.m.  |  Gallery 2, Tinkering Studio

Bridge physical and virtual worlds by creating your own creatures, animating them in the block-based programming language Scratch, and launching them into a collaborative moon-themed environment.

Thursday, 07/18/19


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17.95 advance, 19.95 door, AD members free

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

Phone: (415) 528-4444
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