Wondering in the Solar System
The 4th Exhibition Gallery, Life Science Hall
June 29, 2018 – February 17, 2019
In the observable universe, there are 100 billion galaxies, and the Milky Way is just one of them.
In the Milky Way, there are 200 billion stars, and our sun is just one of them.
In the surrounding of the sun, there are 8 planets, and our earth is just one of them.
The earth surface is 500 trillion square meters.
The NMNS plus its three Parks take 500 thousand square meters in it.
You are standing in an area of 50 square meters.
Where do you stand in the universe?
There are 30 million to 50 million species on earth.
Homo sapiens have been developed for 190 thousand years and have reached 7 billion in number.
Is it numerous?
If we stuff all the 7 billion people in a space size of a sugar cube, it matches the density of a neutron star.
Still, it is far from a natural black hole in the universe.
Mankind, we are so insignificant!
Though we are tiny in size, and our lifespans are short,
we are able to think about the beginning of the universe,
and the meaning of our own existence,
when we casually meet through time and space.
By Museum Director Sun Wei-hsin
How huge and wondrous the universe is! The undiscovered ends of the universe are a great source of fascination not just for academics but also for common people. See? There are so many movies and novels playing out different scenarios related to space discoveries. Space exploration has helped us discover many things related to the universe we live in. Here in the National Museum of Natural Science you’re much more likely to find out fundamentals.
A major new special exhibition “Wondering in the Solar System” curated by the Museum Director Sun Wei-hsin kicks off on Friday, June 29, 2018 in the Museum's 4th Exhibition Gallery. The exhibition displays the scientific content in an artistic form and takes visitors on a voyage through space and time to the origins of the solar system. It allows insights into how, where and when matter emerged, which ultimately, was the prerequisite for the evolution of the earth and life on it. Exhibition goers will feel like walking in the mysterious universe and get awed by the new scientific discoveries and visual astonishment.
Consisting of ten sections named Solar System Exploration, Sun Observing Platform, Starry Trail, Lonely Souls under the Night Sky, Aerial View of the Solar System, Next Stop, Mars!, Astro Dome Theater, Wondering in the Solar System, Solar System VR Treasure Hunt and Science Quiz and Exploration Challenge, the exhibition presents a joining together of art and science: information and knowledge about the solar system have been painstakingly processed and assembled for public display. The exhibition not only explores the beauty of our solar system but also demonstrates that the visual legacy of space exploration constitutes a stunning and important chapter in the history of astronomy.
With two segments of 3-minute 8K video produced by NASA/GSFC and supported by Delta's high performance projector for this exhibition, “Wondering in the Solar System” offers visitors the latest scientific findings and unrivaled visual images of the sun. In addition to the sun, the exhibition gives the same weight to the eight planets, three small solar system bodies and scientists who have dedicated to the research of the solar system over the past 400 years as well. Exciting highlights in the exhibition also include a journey to Mars in a spaceship, a solar system VR experience, and a small astronomical dome theater. The exhibition ends up with a fun and entertaining science quiz game to test your knowledge and information about the solar system.
Museum Director Sun Wei-hsin, also the Exhibition Curator, explained why he used “Wondering” instead of “Wandering” in the exhibition title. “I know very well that coming up with a name for a science exhibition can be a daunting task. The English word ‘wander’ literally means walk or move in an aimless way, while ‘wonder’ is often associated with thinking, curiosity, exploring, and miracles. I neither intended to make this exhibition a new textbook nor wanted our visitors just wandering aimlessly in the exhibition. It is hoped that the rich and fundamental content of the exhibition will pique their curiosity and start a journey of discovery shortly after they wander in the exhibition.” “That's why I name it Wondering in the Solar System” added Sun.
At the opening reception, Sun sent special thanks to the Chairman of Delta Cheng Chung-hwa for his fully support. “Humanity’s interest in the heavens has been universal and enduring. Humans are driven to explore the unknown, discover new worlds, push the boundaries of our scientific and technical limits, and then push further,” stated he. “Scientists have made breakthrough discoveries in the past 20 years. With Delta’s advanced display technologies, we are able to present the latest results of these discoveries and make them faithfully shown to the public.” Sun also thanked the space and graphic designers from the Museum team for their outstanding efforts.
The Chairman of Delta Cheng Chung-hwa attended the reception and said, Delta developed the world’s first projector that can reach up to 25K lumens, and it is now the brightest 8K laser projector. It gives NASA’s 8K images full credits by showing them in the full spectrum, so the audience can see them almost if they were there.
Space exploration helps better understand our changing home planet. Join us to embark on the stunning journey through time and space with exotic worlds!
Wondering in the Solar System is organized and presented by the National Museum of Natural Science. This exhibition is made possible by the generosity of the Delta Electronics Foundation and Trend Micro. The National Museum of Natural Science gratefully acknowledges support from SDO/NASA for the 8K exclusive videos with music by Lars Leonhard.
- The exhibition is open from June 29, 2018 to February 17, 2019 while the Museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9am to 5pm, and closed on Mondays and Chinese New Year holidays. But please note: The Museum is open to the public 7 days a week throughout the summer vacation (7/1-8/31).
- Ticket prices for the exhibition:
Group of 20＋/Student/Member/Senior 65＋: TWD150/person
Licensed guide/Citizen with disabilities and one escort/Child 6－:FREE
※ Valid ID required and tickets to the exhibition do not include general admission to the
- Extra markup for the VR experience: TWD50/person
- The VR experience is not recommended for children under the age of 12, pregnant women, and people with epilepsy, cervical spondylosis, cardiovascular disease, or any discomfort.