Light: Beyond the Bulb | Exhibiting Light Around the World

Light: Beyond the Bulb is an international open-access exhibition program for the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015). The goal of this project is to showcase a variety of light-based topics stretching across the electromagnetic spectrum as well as scientific disciplines.  Light: Beyond the Bulb (LBTB) is being organized and hosted by local volunteers and can be found in parks, airports, cafes, galleries and many other kinds of public spaces throughout 2015.

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A selection of photos from Light: Beyond the Bulb events in China, Canada, Spain, USA, and India. View the full list of exhibits at http://lightexhibit.org/iylexhibits.html. Credit: Light: Beyond the Bulb

As of June 2015, about 200 LBTB exhibits in some 30 countries have been registered. Locations include such diverse places as on the National Mall, Washington, DC, US; the Galway Astronomy Festival, Galway, Ireland; the St. Ignatius College and Luqa Primary School in Luqa, Malta; the Simón Bolivar Planetarium in Maracaibo, Venezuela; the Christchurch International Airport in Christchurch, New Zealand; and the Shanghai Nanhui Senior High School in Shanghai Pudong New Area, China.  Additionally, hundreds of locations from science centers to libraries, and from parks to secondary schools, are hosting a series of Light: Beyond the Bulb posters to create a mini-exhibit in life-long learning spaces. Below are some highlights of Light: Beyond the Bulb events since our launch in January 2015.

JANUARY 2015

Credit: Light: Beyond the Bulb

Light: Beyond the Bulb launched in January 2015 at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle, WA, U.S. (pictured here, from January 5-9), and also at the IYL 2015 Opening Ceremony in Paris, France on January 19-20. The two opening exhibits attracted hundreds of visitors, from scientists to dignitaries. Credit: Light: Beyond the Bulb

FEBRUARY 2015

Amateur astronomer organization AASTROKERALA created a Light: Beyond the Bulb exhibit for the Palora Higher Secondary School in Palora, Ulliyeri, Kozhikode, India. Launched alongside opening ceremonies for a new telescope, the exhibit attracted about 2,500 visitors. Special events included a lecture on light pollution (a key topic of IYL 2015) by a local physics department head from Devagiri college. Credit: Chindankutty Nambiar, Astronomical Organisation Kerala (AASTROKERALA)

Amateur astronomer organization AASTROKERALA created a Light: Beyond the Bulb exhibit for the Palora Higher Secondary School in Palora, Ulliyeri, Kozhikode, India. Launched alongside opening ceremonies for a new telescope, the exhibit attracted about 2,500 visitors. Special events included a lecture on light pollution (a key topic of IYL 2015) by a local physics department head from Devagiri college. Credit: Chindankutty Nambiar, Astronomical Organisation Kerala (AASTROKERALA)

MARCH 2015

Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, U.S. created a Light: Beyond the Bulb event for the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics World Photonics Forum on March 8, 2015. Approximately 700 attendees visited the exhibit, with 200 symposium attendees and 500 members from public, to discover new ideas about light and light technologies in celebration of IYL2015. Credit: Duke University.

Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, U.S. created a Light: Beyond the Bulb event for the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics World Photonics Forum on March 8, 2015. Approximately 700 attendees visited the exhibit, with 200 symposium attendees and 500 members from public, to discover new ideas about light and light technologies in celebration of IYL2015. Credit: Duke University.

APRIL 2015

In April of 2015 the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) hosted Light: Beyond the Bulb in their main library, impacting many hundreds of participants. Special events ranged from exhibit tours with hands-on activities conducted by physics students, to science talks and conferences. UPR students toured the exhibit as part of their classes in physics, art, education and architecture. Additional community outreach was done with visits from classes of local school children & their teachers. An inclusive event was also organized that was directed at the visually impaired and blind with their families:

In April of 2015 the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) hosted Light: Beyond the Bulb in their main library, impacting many hundreds of participants. Special events ranged from exhibit tours with hands-on activities conducted by physics students, to science talks and conferences. UPR students toured the exhibit as part of their classes in physics, art, education and architecture. Additional community outreach was done with visits from classes of local school children & their teachers. An inclusive event was also organized that was directed at the visually impaired and blind with their families: “Stars for All/ Estrellas Para Todos”. Credit: UPR

MAY 2015

Light: Beyond the Bulb traveled to the Carmel High School in Carmel, IN, U.S., during May 2015. Elementary students from nearby schools participated in the events as part of a field trip to Carmel High School’s planetarium. The exhibit materials, which were tied in with student curriculum, also showcased observatories such as the Hubble Space Telescope, and also the International Space Station. Credit: Carmel High School

Light: Beyond the Bulb traveled to the Carmel High School in Carmel, IN, U.S., during May 2015. Elementary students from nearby schools participated in the events as part of a field trip to Carmel High School’s planetarium. The exhibit materials, which were tied in with student curriculum, also showcased observatories such as the Hubble Space Telescope, and also the International Space Station. Credit: Carmel High School

We look forward to many more LBTB exhibits in a wide variety of sites around the globe throughout the rest of 2015.


shapeimage_7Kimberly K. Arcand is the Visualization Lead for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, which has its headquarters at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  She studies the perception and comprehension of astronomical data visualization across the novice-expert spectrum and is active in the creation, distribution, and evaluation of large-scale science and technology communications projects.

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