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From Earth to the Universe

Mercury Summer 2008 Table of Contents


Liverpool display

For the Liverpool prototype of the exhibit From Earth to the Universe, the images are displayed on free-standing pedestals in the open-air venue of Albert Dock, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Image courtesy of Gary Evans (Science Photo Library).

by Megan Watzke and Kimberly Kowal Arcand

The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) project From Earth to the Universe (FETTU) will bring spectacular, multi-wavelength astronomical images to audiences in "non-traditional" venues. This will be accomplished by displaying these images in public parks, metro stations, art centers, and other locations across the country, in addition to more traditional science centers.

Our goal is to have the FETTU project appear in as many cities and towns as possible across the United States and beyond. FETTU is designed to be flexible to support the amount of funding and space at any given location. The organizers of FETTU will provide free digital files, appropriate captions, and information on production for up to 100 astronomical images.

However, we invite local organizers to add or subtract images as they see fit. The rest of this article describes the guidelines we have developed for this project, but we encourage any interested party to take the initiative to make FETTU work for you and your location.

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