ship constellations

building c

At night, the color-coded patterns of marine navigation lights help mariners determine the size, type, and direction of marine craft. This exhibit, looking out to the Bay between Pier 1 and the Herbst Pavilion, helps visitors decode these light patterns by using a half-silvered mirror to superimpose images of common ships and boats on the water to clarify their identifying characteristics.


This project is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. ESI-0104478. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Science Foundation.