Science Alliance Helps Bring Astronomy To The Western Slope

While the former John McConnell Math and Science Center was busy planning a move to its new facility in the brand new CMU engineering building, the Grand Mesa Observatory and the Western Colorado Astronomy Club were collaborating to provide a brand new astronomy exhibit to go with it!

Eureka! McConnell Science Center had its grand opening on March 10th., 2018 and the new astronomy exhibit takes advantage of the soaring ceiling at the new location with a hanging, rotating, three sided, LED backlit set of astrophotos. All three images were taken right here at the Grand Mesa, with a selection of objects that includes the Andromeda Galaxy, the Pleiades star cluster, and the Horsehead Nebula region of the Orion Nebula. The panels are visually very stunning and as a result they draw attention to the display table below where virtual reality headsets wait to take visitors on a journey to space. In this age of unprecedented astronomical discoveries and wonders, the exhibit will be a living one with updates on new discoveries in the universe and space exploration, to be shared with the community.