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Get a glimpse into the life of an astronaut, and experience the mixture of exhilaration, adventure, and confinement that is living and working in space. See real spacesuits, spacecraft, and astronaut food. Try out astronaut exercise gear and space tools, and picture yourself in a weightless environment. Learn how astronauts cope with the physical and mental challenges of weightlessness, isolation, and a grueling workload.
Take a journey from our Sun to the farthest reaches of the cosmos! Along the way, you'll see where stars are born, how they die, meet nebulae of all kinds, and travel to distant galaxies. Experience the Origins Theater; crawl into a black hole; see what happens when galaxies collide; and view stunning space images.
Take a simulated Moon-walk, try on a space helmet, climb into a Mercury capsule, and land a lunar module! Chabot's new hands-on exhibit explores legends and science fiction about the Moon; the Space Race and the Moon landings; and the Earth-Moon system. Learn what the Moon is made of, how it affects the Earth, what causes Moon phases, gravity on the Moon, and more. You can even take a look at an ancient piece of the Moon up close! The exhibit includes space artifacts and replicas, from Sputnik and Mercury to Gemini and Apollo.
Chabot's Tales of the Maya Skies planetarium show features the scientific achievements and cosmology of the Maya. The companion exhibit includes ten graphic panels and two interactive exhibits that supplement the planetarium show and engage Chabot's primarily family audience. The exhibit presents the ancient Maya civilization, Maya cosmology, Maya math, Maya language and writing, the Maya calendar, and the significance of 2012. The exhibit will be displayed at Chabot for approximately one year; all content is bilingual in English and Spanish.
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Bask in the light of our Sun in all its electromagnetic glory - but beware of its explosive nature! Explore awe-inspiring real-time images from space; get hands-on with sunspots, magnetism and solar storms; and see how the Sun's bluster touches us here on Earth.
Since 1883, countless visitors have gazed through the Chabot telescopes at the wonders of the night sky. Chabot Observatories: A View to the Stars, explores the history of the Chabot Observatories and how its historic telescopes continue to be used today. Daytime visitors can virtually operate a telescope, experiment with mirrors and lenses to understand how telescopes create images of distant objects, and travel though more than a century of Chabot's history via multimedia kiosks, historical images, and artifact displays.