The STAR Net Program at the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning, in partnership with NASA’s Universe of Learning, is proud to announce the following library and museum partner host sites for the Discover Exoplanets exhibition, starting its tour this August:

  1. Pueblo City County Public Library and Rawlings News Museum (Pueblo, CO) – Pilot Sites
  2. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and Children’s Library Discovery Center (Queens, NY)
  3. The Library Station and Discovery Center of Springfield (Springfield, MO)
  4. Oldham County Public Library and Oldham County Health Department (LaGrange, KY)
  5. Sierra Vista Public Library and Henry F. Hauser Museum (Sierra Vista, AZ)
  6. Portneuf District Library and Idaho Museum of Natural History (Pocatello, ID)
  7. San Diego Public Library and Reuben Fleet Science Center (San Diego, CA)
  8. Jefferson County Library and Washington State University Extension Office (Port Hadlock, WA)
  9. Cottage Grove Public Library and Eugene Science Center (Cottage Grove, OR)

These partner sites were chosen out of an extremely competitive round of 75 applications, and represent unique regions of the country, unique exhibition venues, and provided partnership plans that are sure to make the tour a success.

Discover Exoplanets is made possible through NASA’s Universe of Learning.  NASA’s Universe of Learning materials are based upon work supported by NASA under award number NNX16AC65A to the Space Telescope Science Institute, working in partnership with Caltech/IPAC, Jet Propulsion LaboratorySmithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and Sonoma State University. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The exhibition and its materials and opportunities to support learning are part of the STAR (Science-Technology Activities and Resources) Library Education Network (STAR Net), a hands-on learning program for libraries and their communities, and NASA’s Universe of Learning. STAR Net seeks to engage underserved youth and their families in fostering an appreciation and deeper understanding of science and technology topics through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs in public libraries, and library collaborations with scientists, engineers, and STEM organizations.  NASA’s Universe of Learning draws from discoveries, scientific data, and subject matter experts from across NASA astrophysics to create and disseminate STEM learning products, programs and professional development experiences that empower audiences to discover the universe for themselves.

Discover Exoplanets will tour from August 2018 through late 2020.  The site pairs selected will each host the exhibitions for a period of approximately three months.