COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY is finally here and to celebrate the National Geographic Museum is opening up a special exhibition, featuring plenty of ways for COSMOS lovers to transcend time and space into a world of imagination and cosmic understanding.
The exhibition, which opened yesterday, coincided with the National Geographic LIVE! screening of COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY at National Geographic’s Grosvenor Auditorium, as well as a special Space Expo featuring vendors like NASA, Yuri’s Night, and the National Geographic Remote Imaging Engineering Department.
The exhibition brings the themes of the new series to life, allowing its visitors to travel through the cosmic address line by line. Much like the series, the solar system, galaxy, and observable universe are presented as individual pieces in almost separate worlds that together make up our cosmic address.
A string of facts and bios of influential ‘searchers’ from Renaissance mathematician and astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus to present day researchers illustrate a timeline of discovery and ‘the baton pass’ from teacher to student that has driven the spirit scientific exploration.
The Cosmic Calendar, a borrowed platform from the original series, synthesizes the vast history of our universe into one calendar year. This visual metaphor will be interpreted into a physical space, transforming the halls into a place where visitors can interact with time and the formation of existence as we know it.
The exhibit pays homage to Carl Sagan’s legacy, dedicating a special centerpiece on Carl Sagan’s, “The Pale Blue Dot,” speaking to the human experience as first voiced by Carl Sagan. The exhibition will feature several pieces of original COSMOS memorabilia, including Carl Sagan’s personal calendar, Neil deGrasse Tyson’s autographed copy of Sagan’s best-selling book, The Cosmic Connection, even one of Carl Sagan’s iconic turtlenecks! The exhibition was curated with the help of Carl Sagan’s original collaborators—Ann Druyan and co-writer, astronomer Steven Soter.
This Exhibition is FREE and open to the public! Be sure to stop by the COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C.