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NSC postpones astronomy exhibition opening to Aug. 10
Central News Agency
2009-08-08 01:13 PM
Taipei, Aug. 8 (CNA) The National Science Council postponed Saturday the opening of an astronomy exhibition, which was planned to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first observation of space and International Year of Astronomy 2009.

"The opening ceremony has been put off to next Monday due to Typhoon Morakot," according to Delicacy Integrated Marketing Company, one of the organizers.

At 9 a.m., Typhoon Morakot was centered 40 km south of Taipei City, packing maximum sustained winds of 119 kph and moving northwest out of Taiwan at 11 kph, according to Central Weather Bureau data.

The storm has brought strong winds and heavy rains across Taiwan and caused at least two deaths. As of Saturday noon, four people were reported missing in the storm.

The NSC exhibit, titled "400 Years of Sky Gazing, " is aimed at explaining astronomy, showing how it is related to history, literature, religion, science and technology, and detailing how it has impacted on human exploration of the universe.

The exhibition is being organized by the NSC, Ministry of Education, Astronomical Society of the Republic of China, Taipei City Government, and National Taiwan University's Institute of Astrophysics.

The presentation will be theatrical, featuring 3D projections, digital audio and video displays and multi-touch interaction installations to showcase scientific knowledge, according to the NSC.

It will be composed of several theme areas, such as the "galaxy passage," "solar system corridor," "astronomy history hall," "physics room, " "astronomical observation center, " "stories of the sky" and "creative DIY area, " the council said.

Seminars given by noted scientists from abroad will also provide a lively experience for visitors, it added.

The exhibition is scheduled to run though Sept. 13 at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall's Second and Third Display Rooms and Art Gallery. Admission to the exhibit is free and more information is available at http://www.astronomy2009.tw/scisea.

(By Rachel Chan)

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