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“Visions of the Universe” Lands at Cerritos Library

The traveling exhibit celebrates the scientific exploration of the universe over the past four centuries.

In 1609, Galileo Galilei transformed our knowledge of the universe when he became the first person to peer into the cosmos using an astronomical telescope. In 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched and suddenly astronomers had the ability to see further and deeper into space.

An exciting new traveling exhibit, “Visions of the Universe: Four Centuries of Discovery,” is now displayed on the east side, lower level of the Cerritos Library to celebrate the scientific exploration of the universe over the centuries.

“Visions of the Universe: Four Centuries of Discovery” covers a wide range of topics including storms on the sun, features on the surface of Mars and the Moon, and the nature of comets, star birth and distant galaxies. The colorful exhibit panels feature striking images of planets, stars, comets, nebulae and galaxies taken by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) powerful astronomical observatories and spacecraft.

Using historical drawings and diagrams made by early astronomers such as Galileo, Christian Huygens and Charles Messier, along with contemporary images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and other space missions, the display shows how our views and understanding of the universe, stars and planets have changed over the centuries.

The traveling exhibit is making its way through 55 libraries in the US as part of a multi-year global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture.

“Visions of the Universe: Four Centuries of Discovery” is presented by the Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Maryland; the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, Massachusetts; and the American Library Association, Chicago, through funding from NASA. 

The exhibit will be on display through July 20.

In addition to the traveling exhibit, two planetarium shows will be presented May 23 in the Skyline Room for children ages 5-12 in which they will be able to gaze at the sky, constellations and galaxies inside an inflatable planetarium. An arts and crafts project on the solar system also will be offered.

The shows begin at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Space is limited to 40 children per show.

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