“What’s out there?”
At the base of the Hopservatory sits the Transporter Room. Your journey into the great beyond starts here. You’ll be standing on a mosaic floor decorated with playful images of iconic space ships, speeding comets, hop planets and even a few old timey bicycles.
The column on which the telescope sits (up in the dome on the 3rd floor) is also clad with mosaic tile. It depicts the wonders of our planet as seen through the eyes of fictional interstellar travelers visiting our tiny blue dot for the first time.
On the circular walls, you’ll see a slice of Earth as it rises from the center up through the terrestrial strata and atmosphere towards the stars and beyond. Inspired by Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” you’ll feel the swirling energy in the night sky as it rolls and rolls like a wave, crests and finally collapses into a twinkling constellation of hop stars. A Hopstellation? Why not? So, to the question: Why was the universe created? We offer the answer: To enjoy hops, of course. Feel free to rub against the smooth, cool, marbleized Venetian plaster.
You’ll see on the circular walls three terminals. We will be playing videos and slideshows that showcase the wonders of the cosmos, as well as the treasures of our own planet. Videos will include live feeds from NASA satellites, as well as from our own telescope. Our mission is to deliver the sights, sounds and vibrations that will lift you out of your mortal coil so you can take a fresh look at the Universe and your place in it.
The Transporter Room is brought to you by The Worthy Garden Club, a 501©(3) non profit. The WGC has partnered with the Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory to help raise scientific literacy, educate us about big and unwieldy concepts like size, speed, time and distance, and guide tours of the solar system and beyond. In the dome, we will be viewing what’s out there through a research grade 16” RC Reflecting Telescope.
Our goal is to give you an idea of how far away cosmic objects are, the time it would take to reach them, and - the kazillion dollar question - are they habitable? We want you to look up. And we want you to ask – how hot is it out there? How cold is it? How toxic is it? What’s the atmosphere like, if any? Can it support life? Is getting there – and back – feasible?
At the end of the tour, as you ponder the wonders of our own “tiny blue dot” floating in space, we hope that you will agree with what we learned as children watching “The Wizard of Oz:” – “There’s no place like home.”
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