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Astronomer Dr. Isabel Hawkins's journey to the stars began with two chance moments of enchantment with celestial bodies in her native Argentina. Inspired by the mystery of the sky, she went on to study physics and astronomy in California and then to work for 20 years as a research astronomer at UC Berkeley. Now retired from research and devoted to inciting a love of the stars and sky in young people, Dr. Hawkins reflects on her own initial moments of inspiration, on sharing her love of stars with others, and on how astronomy can, and should, remind us of our connection to one another, under a canopy of mystery.

Project: Driven: True Stories of Inspiration | Browse All

Date: July 30, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art, Astronomy/Space Science
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00:01:42
Sea life can sometimes serve as a marker to help navigators stay on track. Shorty Bertelmann describes how one such living marker, a pod of dolphins, helped him see what navigation is really about.

Project: Never Lost: Polynesian Navigation | Browse All

Date: March 23, 2010
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, HIstory
Running Time:
00:01:04
Video teaser for the upcoming launch of the new Exploratorium website, 'Never Lost'. Learn a little bit about Polynesian Navigation in anticipation of the full website

Project: Never Lost: Polynesian Navigation | Browse All

Date: March 23, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:05:07
What motivates modern navigators? That depends on who you ask. But many explain their passion for voyaging in terms of kuleana--responsibility.

Project: Never Lost: Polynesian Navigation | Browse All

Date: March 23, 2010
Format: Expedition
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, History
Running Time:
00:03:13
The intertwining of astronomy, Hawaiian ancestry, and traditional navigation are the subject of this video featuring astrophysicist Paul Coleman, cultural historian Koa Rice, and captain Billy Richards.

Project: Never Lost: Polynesian Navigation | Browse All

Date: March 23, 2010
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, History
Running Time:
00:04:23
Ken Murphy, creator of A History of the Sky— a time-lapse visualization that will span an entire year—talks about his project during the After Dark event, Resolution.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: January 7, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art, Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:07:31
Which is farthest away from the earth, the stars or Pluto? The answer may be obvious to you, but a lot of people get this wrong. Listen to TI director Linda Shore as she presents a little survey about how things are arranged in the heavens—and explains what the surprising results mean.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: December 9, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:33:08
Is water ice present or absent in a crater near the moon's south pole? NASA’s Lunar CRater Observing and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission is seeking a definitive answer. Join Exploratorium staff for a special Webcast featuring live coverage of LCROSS crashing into the moon! Our team will be broadcasting live from the 36" Refractor Telescope at Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton, where we’ll watch the impact and investigate how this intentional crash could reveal the existence of water ice.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: October 9, 2009
Format: Lecture
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, Physics
Running Time:
00:21:06
Dr. Laura Peticolas is a physicist at UC Berkeley's Space Physics Research group. She studies the Aurora to learn more about the Earth and the workings of our Solar System. She's currently working with NASA's Mars data to understand why the Martian aurora looks the way it does. In this podcast she discusses her research, her inspiration and how and why scientists sonify data.

Project: Exploratorium Audio Salon | Browse All

Date: September 3, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): physics, astronomy
Running Time:
08:57
Astrophysicist and native Hawaiian Dr. Paul Coleman is used to operating in the worlds of both science and spiritual tradition. But in this short podcast, he tells a story of one time when those two worlds clashed, and he was reminded of the importance of remembering his native roots.

Project: Exploratorium Audio Salon | Browse All

Date: August 11, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science