New Exhibit at National Landmark Site Explores the Science of Meteors

The Life of a Meteor exhibit at Meteor Crater Visitor Center reveals our solar system’s ancient past.

New Exhibit at National Landmark Site Explores the Science of Meteors
Detail of a meteor crater measuring almost one mile across, 2.4 miles in circumference and more than 550 feet deep.

by Hugh McDonald, Executive Producer May 19th, 2021

An Ideum team recently drove from Ideum’s New Mexico home to Winslow, Arizona, to install a new exhibit called Life of a Meteor at the Barringer Space Museum at Meteor Crater. Sponsored by Lowell Observatory and Northern Arizona University’s Advanced Media Lab, the exhibit lets visitors explore the science of meteors, meteoroids, and meteorites—how they’re formed, what they’re made of, and what they tell us about the formation of our solar system.

Visitors can also browse an ever-growing library of images of meteors captured by Lowell Observatory’s LO-CAMS project (Lowell Observatory Cameras for All-Sky Meteor Surveillance), an array of cameras designed to take multiple simultaneous images of meteors as they enter our atmosphere.

The exhibit runs on one of Ideum’s newest products, the Dual-49” Pano multitouch display. This state-of-the-art display combines two 49” PCAP displays in a single aluminum frame. The display’s Zytronic touch sensor provides up to 80 simultaneous touchpoints, allowing several visitors to explore at once.

This exhibit is one of two identical touch displays that will be included in the project. A second display is planned for installation at the Lowell Observatory Visitor Center in 2022.

Top image credit: Attila Geréb, CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.