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Black Hole Summer Institute


The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics selected the Galaxy Explorers program as one of two youth programs to develop a media-based component of the new exhibit, Black Holes: Space Warps and Time Twists was completed in spring of 2009. Eleven Galaxy Explorers are involved in this project fulltime for three consecutive weeks from August 4th to August 22nd.

The beginning of the institute participants received enrichment on black holes and media in preparation for the major project to commence during the forthcoming weeks. One of the first projects were audio and still-image presentations via an online tool called Voicethread.

Later students developed black hole jokes and riddles which were converted into digital online cartoons called Bitstrips.

Next came time to practice the complex art of movie making. Enjoy the sample training project on Spaghettification below.

Final Video Projects

During the course of the second and third weeks 3 teams were formed to produce videos on specific aspects of black holes, all of which include interviews with real scientists and black hole experts. Their final projects are available to view by team below:

View our Institute photo gallery on Flickr



Black Holes: Space Warps and Time Twists is a production of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The "Black Holes" exhibition was funded by a generous grant from the National Science Foundation and additional support from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Production Partners for "Black Holes: Space Warps and Time Twists" are:

  • The Association of Science-Technology Centers
  • Jeff Kennedy Associates, Inc.
  • XhibitNet/Image Works
  • Goodman Research Group
  • The Youth Astronomy Apprenticeship Program, MIT
  • Galaxy Explorers Black Hole Summer Institute, Chabot Space & Science Center

Black Holes Summer Institute Content by The Galaxy Explorers Program at Chabot Space & Science Center is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License