Re: Powers of Ten

From: (Marilyn Kennedy)
Subject: Re: Powers of Ten
Date: Sat, 5 Oct 1996 08:26:58 -0400

along the same line of Powers of Ten.......

Just recently I went up to the Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian and
saw the latest in the IMAX series of shows, entitled "Cosmic Voyages". The
general theme is to take you through a wild and wonderful ride through
time,space, and ideas. In one of the sequences you careen outward in
circles that start with an acrobat's hula hoop in St. Mark's Square in
Venice and expand to embarce the square, the city, the country, the
continent, the tiny Earth, our feeble sun and its dinky solar system, our
minor Milky Way, the galactic group in which it's submerged, the strings
and clumps of galactic groups and supergroups, the island universes, the
archipelagoes of island universes, the universes of universes....You zoom
out to the imagined edges of the universe whose margins fade forever and
ever on the gaze of even the most powerful telescope.

It is awesome!It is available for purchase on home video (about $20),
though some of the effects of course are lost!!!

The film was a joint project by IMAX, Air and Space, NSF, and the Motorola
Foundation. This is most appropriate for middle school audience on up. But
even with my fourth graders I will use it in segements with some teaching
and stops, pause, and plays.  It is a 35 minute film which seems to pass in
an eyeblink!!!

Marilyn Wall
John Wayland Elementary