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Sunlight – Ihi Kōmaru

Discover the secrets of the Sun

250-sunlightSUNLIGHT – Ihi Kōmaru

Developed and toured by Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Sunlight – Ihi Kōmaru reveals the secrets of the Sun in a fun and interactive, science-based exhibition for all ages. It shows how light has shaped the world around us.

2016 winner of the New Zealand Museums Award for “Regional Science and Technology”.

Sunlight – Ihi Kōmaru brings new life to the story of sunlight through interactive games, challenges and dynamic multimedia.

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250-SUN-OVERVIEW“Discover the secrets of the Sun in a fun, new, science-based exhibition for all ages.”

Sunlight – Ihi Kōmaru tells the story of sunlight, allowing all ages to see the Sun as they’ve never seen it before. Visitors will learn how light is created in the Sun, how fast light travels, how it behaves and reacts to various mediums, and how it influences life and culture.

“What does the Sun sound like? Climb inside a giant inflatable Sun to find out. How fast are you compared to the speed of light? Race family and friends to see how long it would take you to travel the distance from Earth to the Moon. Power a photon on its quest through space, starting from the core of the Sun, to nourish life on Earth. See first-hand how light is created! Test how fast light travels! Learn how light behaves and reacts to various mediums! Understand how light has influenced life and culture for millions of years!”

This significant science-based exhibition, presented in both English and Te Reo Māori is supported by Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor. The target audience is children and young adults 7-16 years old, but the exhibition also includes content that will engage, and be relevant, to a wide audience.

 

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Sunlight and life on Earth

Light is made up of photons. A photon is a tiny packet of electromagnetic energy. In Sunlight – Ihi Kōmaru, visitors take charge of their own photon, guiding it from the Sun’s core, through space, and eventually to Earth, where, with some good aim, it will nourish plants – our food!

The Sun is vital to nearly all life on Earth, and throughout human history it has been central to many cultures around the world. Visitors to the ‘Story of the Sun Whare, can view two sun stories, including How Māui Slowed the Sun.

Lasers, light and colour

Light travels straight and fast yet it also vibrates in different directions as it travels. Light can also be reflected, refracted, dispersed, polarised and scattered.

Light has many tricks and secrets, from the way it can bounce and reflect, to the way white light can be dispersed into the colours of the rainbow. Visitors to Sunlight – Ihi Kōmaru will create their own vibrant shadows in the colour mixing game, arrange prisms to make intricate light patterns, see how beams travel from mirror to mirror in a laser maze, and move the polarisation filters around a secret screen to see hidden images.

They’ll also experience ultra-violet (UV) light and unlock a solar secret using a UV torch. Navigate the mysterious black panels dotted throughout the exhibition, solve the hidden puzzles and decode a secret word!

FORMATION OF THE SUN
Re-enact the birth of our star through this motion-tracking digital interactive.

ULTRAVIOLET TORCH GAME
A business-card-sized Ultraviolet (UV) torch is given to each visitor. Extra content is placed within the exhibition using invisible ink, andthey are only revealed under the glow of the UV torch.

SOLAR OBSERVATORY
The full detail of the sun cannot be observed by the naked eye, but using this digital interactive you can examine it through different wavelength filters, revealing many surprising features such as sun spots and solar flares.

SUNLIGHT GAME
A giant board game where visitors play the role of a photon and journey to Earth. Along the way they will discover how crucial sunlight is to life.

TITANS OF SPACE
Take a virtual-reality tour of our solar system and discover how the Sun compares to the supermassive stars in neighbouring galaxies.

LIGHT TABLES
Play with mirrors, prisms, lenses, lasers, polarising filters and more to discover the surprising behaviour and properties of light.

THE SUN’S BIO
A series of interactive stations that describe the characteristics of the Sun: size, temperature, mass, age.

SOUNDS OF THE SUN
What does the Sun sound like? Climb inside a giant inflatable Sun and find out.

THE SPEED OF LIGHT RACE
The speed of light is very fast.It takes 1.28 seconds for the light to travel from the Moon to Earth. Race family and friends to see how long it’d take you to reach the moon.

SEASONS ORRERY
Spin a model of Earth to see how the tilt in Earth’s axis causes changes in climate as the Earth orbits the Sun.

THE ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM
The full spectrum of sunlight includes visible light, Radio waves, X-rays and more. Humans have found many technological uses for each part of the spectrum. Explore the spectrum and see examples of electronics that utilise each frequency jump into life around you.

SOLAR TECH KITS
Solar technology can take many different forms and is used in a variety of applications. Play with a set of interactive
stations to find out how to best harness the power of sunlight.

STORIES OF THE SUN WHARE
Watch the story of how Māui and his brothers captured the Sun and made the length of our days longer. Select stories of the sun from diverse cultures.

COLOUR MIXER
White light is made up of three colours – red, green and blue. Pose in front of coloured lights with your friends and experience the surprising ways they mix.

SOLAR FLARES
Explore the properties of magnetic fields. Move a magnet on a pivot arm to see the effect on a live feed video image of a special wall-mounted graphic, or your friend’s face. Discover how solar weather is generated by the Sun and see how the Earth’s magnetosphere creates a protective shield from solar storms.

DARK ROOM / LIGHT TUNNEL
A contemplative space where a soundscape offers echoes of light philosophy. Special lights shine out through dry-ice to create a fascinating, swirling lightshow

250-SUN-SPECSInformation and Specifications

SIZE
Floor area: 350- 400 square metres with flexible configurations possible.
Minimum height requirement: Two units require 3700mm ceiling or higher.
Entry/exit for installation: at least 2.4 x 2.4 metre opening

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
Optimal exhibition space/conditions: No or minimal natural light.
Storage: secure and dry

COST/FEE:
Please contact enquiries@temanawa.co.nz for more information on fees – Minimum 12 week hire.
FREIGHT:
40ft. container (not included)
CONTENT:
16 interactive exhibits
Bilingual: English, Te Reo Māori
Marketing and education materials
*Exhibition installation/disassembly support staff available (recover transport etc costs
only).