Black Holes: Space Warps & Time Twists

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“Of all the conceptions of the human mind… the most fantastic is the black hole: a hole in space into which anything can fall and out of which nothing can escape; a hole with a gravitational force so strong that even light is caught and held in its grip; a hole that curves space and warps time.”
—Kip S. Thorne, Black Holes & Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy

Black Holes: Space Warps & Time Twists immerses visitors in the modern search for black holes—the most mysterious and powerful objects in the universe — through a variety of interactive and multimedia experiences.

Developed by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, this 2,500 square-foot exhibition consists of 13 interactive components that captivate audiences and increase their understanding of core ideas in physical science, including gravity and light, the tools and techniques of astronomers, and the nature of theory and evidence in science. Visitors are able to:

  • Collect and record their discoveries into a personal web journal
  • Take an immersive interactive journey to the giant black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy
  • Explore gravity and the effects of unseen forces
  • Collect and weigh evidence for black holes.

The exhibition is enriched by program materials and training for host museum educators and an informational website.

Major funding for Black Holes: Space Warps & Time Twists comes from the National Science Foundation with additional support from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Black Holes: Space Warps and Time Twists national tour begins in October 2009.

Black Holes: Space Warps and Time Twists national tour began in October 2009.

Classroom Educator’s Guide
Museum Educator’s Guide
Explorer’s Card

Components Requirements Cost Shipping
  • Create Your Black Hole Explorer’s Card
  • What’s on the Horizon for Black Hole Research?
  • What is a Black Hole?
  • Where are Black Holes?
  • Snapshots in the History of Black Holes
  • In Search of Real Black Holes… Weigh a Black Hole!
  • In Search of Real Black Holes… Take Their Temperature!
  • In Search of Real Black Holes… Explore a Feeding Black Hole!
  • Do Black Holes Matter? Simulate the Universe!
  • How Do We Find Black Holes?
  • Energy from Gravity
  • Got Gravity? (Black Holes Grow by Eating)
  • What’s Inside a Black Hole?
  • Is It True What They Say About Black Holes?
  • Black Holes Inspire Our Imagination
  • Black Hole Adventure
  • Black Hole Explorers: Add to Your Journal
2,500 square feet10-foot ceilingsnetworked exhibition space $32,000 member;$36,000 nonmember
for a 12-week booking
2 vans

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