The exhibition Look Up! at the Museum of Science and Cosmos shows the fabulous world of asteroids

The exhibition Look Up! at the Museum of Science and Cosmos shows the fabulous world of asteroids

The Autonomous Organization of Museums and Centers (OAMC) of the Tenerife Island Council opened the exhibition “Look Up! Space Travelers’ at the Museum of Science and the Cosmos (MCC) in La Laguna. This exhibition can be visited from Saturday 12 August to 16 October. It offers more information about the asteroids and comets that roam the solar system, the importance of studying them, and how we can protect ourselves from potential impacts in the future.

The Council of Museums of the Cabildo Insular, Concepción Rivero, stressed that “this exhibition includes precious meteorites from the collection of the Museum of Natural Sciences of Tenerife, together with didactic pieces and audiovisual resources that will, with absolute certainty, be of interest to the general public ever since they will be able to closely observe these materials and understand the potential threat their impact on Earth poses.”

The director of the Science and Cosmos Museum, Héctor Socas-Navarro, pointed out that the exhibition can be visited free of charge with the purchase of the museum ticket. In addition, he explained that “some of the uncovered meteorites have been found since 1985 by researchers of our museum on various expeditions to the southern part of Morocco, to the Sahara, to Mauritania and to Senegal, and that as many as seven of them are part of the international catalogs for its scientific importance”.

This exhibition is offered in connection with the advances that have been made in the study of asteroids and comets in recent years. With this in mind, missions are designed to demonstrate Earth protection technologies and determine their effectiveness should they need to be deployed in the face of a potential threat from asteroid impacts.

The MCC can be visited until October 16 from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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