Hayden Planetarium 14 - 27 November

In collaboration with the Space Telescope Science Institute the German artist Tim Otto Roth was presenting a spectacular light art exhibit in November 2011 at the Americain Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in the heart of New York City. "From the Distant Past" is not only an extraordinary art & science project about the origins of the universe that uses data from the Hubble Space Telescope, it is also an artistic reflection on the phenomenon of colour by the means of concept art using laser light as a minimalist tool of graphical notation. The exhibit rings in the major exhibition Beyond Planet-Earth: The Future of Space-Exploration, which opened at the American Museum of Natural History on November 19, 2011.

Each evening, from November 14 until November 27, green waves projected by a high-power laser were pulsing across the Hayden Sphere in the American Museum of Natural History's Rose Center for Earth and Space. The wave patterns, which echo a heartbeat or brain wave, tell a story about some of the oldest colours in the universe. The waves represent astronomical spectra that result from the dispersal of light by a prism. These spectra were recorded by the Hubble Space Telescope and represent data about the most distant objects in the universe.

video impression of the laser projection in November 2011 on the Hayden Sphere, Rose Center for Earth and Space, American Museum of Natural History

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