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Astronomy exhibit provides good scientific education: deputy minister
Central News Agency
2009-08-10 02:58 PM
Taipei, Aug. 10 (CNA) The National Science Council's (NSC's) astronomy exhibition provides a good opportunity for people to better understand the universe, Deputy Minister of Education Lin Tsong-ming, said Monday.

"The universe is so immense that human beings only know about a tiny part of it. Therefore, I encourage students to leave the classroom, explore the sky and treat nature as our best teacher," Lin said at the opening ceremony of the "400 Years of Heaven Gazing" exhibit.

The exhibition, which is the major activity in the NSC's 10th scientific season, is being held to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first observation of space and International Year of Astronomy 2009.

Chen Tai-jen, vice president of National Taiwan University, said at the opening ceremony that astronomy is both an ancient and a modern science that is closely linked to literature, history and culture.

"This exhibition, which utilizes Taiwan's advanced projection technology, will educate the public by presenting scientific information in a form that is easily understandable," Chen said.

The exhibition has been 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 is theatrical, featuring 3D projections, digital audio and video displays and multi-touch interaction installations to showcase scientific knowledge, according to the NSC.

It is composed of 10 theme areas, such as the "Starlight Gallery, " "Solar System Gallery, " "Conversations through Time and Space, " "Romantic Starlight, " "The Leaning Tower of Pisa, " "Giant Eyes of the Astronomers, " "The Heavenly Sound of Nature" and "Hands-On Activities -- Discovering the Universe, " 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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