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Watch the next Solar Eclipse in Second Life

July 02nd, 2008 | Category: Education, Environmental, RL Meets SL, Science, Space

Solar Eclipse
Here is something pretty cool, and even if you don’t use Second Life, you’ll still be able to enjoy it. On August 1st, the next solar eclipse will happen, and, if you live in the US you won’t be able to see it live, but thankfully, San Francisco’s Exploratorium science museum will be streaming it live inside Second Life.

Second Life users can view the 45-minute Webcast, starting at 3:30 a.m. PDT August 1, on the virtual world’s so-called Exploratorium Island. Avatars can also gather at the Pi Day Theater at the Sploland Sim, at the Science School Sim, and at the Spindrift Sim. The eclipse will be accompanied by video and commentary of Exploratorium and NASA scientists.

Starting July 1, Second Life members and their real-life makers can use Exploratorium Island to learn about solar eclipses, Chinese culture, and solar science. Source:

Non Second Life users will also be able to watch the solar eclipse on the exploratorium website.

On August 1, 2008, a total solar eclipse will occur as the new moon moves directly between the sun and the earth. The moon’s umbral shadow will fall first on Canada, then zoom across northern Greenland, the Arctic, central Russia, Mongolia, and into China, where an Exploratorium team will be waiting. Our fifth eclipse expedition brings our team to remote Xinjiang Provence in northwestern China, very close to the Mongolian border, where we’ll Webcast the eclipse live. Please check back, as the date nears, for more details.

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The Power of the Dark Side: How Dark Matter and Dark Energy dominate our Universe

April 04th, 2008 | Category: Discussion, Science, Space, Technology

The MICA - VW Astrophysics group is sponsoring a talk Friday April 4th at 8 a.m. Pacific, 11 a.m. Eastern, 3 p.m. GMT/UTC at the Galaxy Dome on Spaceport Bravo (LM attached). The title of Rob’s talk is “The Power of the Dark Side: How Dark Matter and Dark Energy dominate our Universe.”

Rob Knop (Prospero Frobozz in SL) was on the team that discovered the accelerating expansion of the universe. The presentation and the discussion afterwards are aimed at the general public.

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