Local Middle School Students Provide Views to the Night Sky in Windows to the Universe Art + Science Exhibit

A teacher’s promise to his middle school students bloomed into an art-meets-science installation at the Air Zoo! 
During the 2019-2020 school year, Portage Central Middle School teacher Doug Wilson made a pledge to his students. He told them that if their southern and northern hemispheres project turned out well, that he would find a place where their canvases could be viewed and enjoyed. We consider it a privilege that Doug allowed the Air Zoo to become the public venue for the students’ artwork.
Doug’s students blended art and science to create views of the night skies. They transformed canvas and fluorescent paint into primary star constellations and deep space objects of the northern and southern hemispheres.
For each constellation, students used different sizes to show star magnitude. They used color to represent stellar classifications. To complete the look, they painted star clusters, comets, galaxies, nebulae, the planets of our solar system, and various human-made satellites.  

You’ll find Windows to the Universe in our Flight Discovery Center Space Wing. Look closely, and you may see an alien spacecraft from a galaxy far, far away! 

Posted by Nikki Statler at 4:30 PM
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