March 2011 Archives

Stargazing and Sky Watching Through the Ages

March 21 - May 14
Clark Humanities Museum, Scripps College

ABCastronomyartistbook.jpgPeople throughout history have looked to the sky for many reasons: to chart the heavens, to navigate the seas, to establish their place in the universe, even to predict the future. To read and interpret the heavens and divine our place within the universe fascinates us today more than ever.

On view in this exhibition on the history of astronomy are rare and significant items from Special Collections at Honnold/Mudd and Denison libraries, from Brackett Observatory at Pomona College, and from the Williamson Gallery, Scripps College: works of significant, historical astronomers and astrologers, celestial maps and charts of the constellations, artistic depictions of the heavens, and vintage astronomical instruments and artifacts, from the 15th through the early 20th centuries.

The exhibition was organized by Carrie Marsh, Honnold Library Special Collections Librarian, and Professor Bryan Penprase, Frank P. Brackett Professor of Astronomy and Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Pomona College, with the kind assistance of Dr. Noel Swerdlow of Cal Tech.

All are invited to attend these related events:
22 March 2011, Tuesday Noon Academy Lecture by Professor Bryan Penprase in the Hampton Room, Malott Commons, Scripps College FMI:

29 March 2011, Exhibition Opening Reception, 4:15-6:00 p.m., Clark Humanities Museum, Scripps College. Refreshments will be served. 

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