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"Youth Capture The Colorful Cosmos" at MAS

Macon GA - Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos - Museum of Arts and Sciences - MAS - Macon, GeorgiaThe Museum of Arts and Sciences received a grant through the Smithsonian Affiliates program called Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos, which is designed to introduce students to observing space through the MicroObservatory Robotic Telescopic Network at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Students can control the telescopes by requesting that specific photographs of bodies in space be taken. Then, using their own photographs or those requested by others, they can manipulate the images with the MicroObservatory Image software to create artwork. The end product of the grant project is this exhibit showcasing the artwork created by students.

Our scientists/artists in the Museum’s Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos exhibition — currently on display in the Elam Alexander Gallery until July 31, 2013 — were students from Bibb County's Howard High School classes led by teachers, Jamie Akin and Dan Maley, and homeschoolers from Central Georgia who participated in a workshop at the Museum. Some of their photos are included in the Photo Gallery on the Museum's blog site.

To capture your own images to use in developing an artful creation based on an astronomical image, visit the home web site for Observing with NASA (click here). There, you can also download the MicroObservatory Image software that allows you to manipulate the photographic image. Get started by requesting your own telescopic image of a body in space.

Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos is funded by the Smithsonian Institution’s Youth Access Grants program managed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Education and Access. The project is led by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, in partnership with the Timothy Smith Network.