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Discover Exoplanets

The Search for Alien Worlds

April 30 - July 25, 2019

Discover Exoplanets: The Search for Alien Worlds is a national traveling exhibition exploring the fascinating world of space and astronomy. Discover Exoplanets covers topics such as the search for habitable worlds beyond our Solar System, how NASA scientists are searching for these worlds, and how they may be like our own.

Getting people interested in science can be challenging, but Discover Exoplanets strives to make it fun with hands-on, multimedia activities where visitors can build their own solar systems, see the most recent NASA discoveries, and learn about whether popular TV and movies feature "Science Fact or Science Fiction." A more unique aspect of this program is that Portneuf District Library is hosting an exhibit with similar content, and the two venues will be working together on programming. The Idaho Museum of Natural History will also offer a related series of public events to bring STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programming to children, teens and adults.

"We are proud that the IMNH was selected to be one of seven sites nationwide to host the Discover Exoplanet exhibit," said Dr. Leif Tapanila, Director. "We have partnered with Portneuf District Library to bring this important exhibition to our community. We think people of all ages and backgrounds will find that the exhibition explores the universe, and our place in it, in a way that is understandable, inspirational, and relevant."

The IMNH is located on the Idaho State University Pocatello campus. 

Discover Exoplanets was developed by the Space Science Institute's National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) in partnership with NASA's Universe of Learning. This project was made possible through support from NASA, under cooperative agreement number NNX16AC65A.

Chubbuck library, museum partner on NASA exoplanet exhibit

"The promising TRAPPIST-1 system is prominently featured in an interactive museum exhibit, a portion of which will open Friday at the Idaho Museum of Natural History, located on the Idaho State University campus. The other half of the exhibit, called "Discover Exoplanets," is already on display at Chubbuck's Portneuf District Library, 5210 Stuart Ave. The exhibit, which deals with planets outside of our solar system, will remain open at both locations through July 25."

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