Galaxy photographed by Hubble Telescope

College and History Museum Celebrate 30 Years of Hubble Space Telescope

Elise Hamner News

Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern Oregon Community College is pleased to announce the opening of Expanding Perspectives on the Universe: 30 Years of Hubble Space Telescope, an interdisciplinary student art exhibit.

The display runs from Saturday, Aug.1, through Oct. 31, in the Sprague Gallery of the Coos History Museum, 1210 N. Front St., Coos Bay.

The exhibit celebrates Hubble and its achievements. The show explores fields such as the life cycles of stars, the existence of dark matter and dark energy, planetary studies of our Solar system and beyond, and more topics Hubble researchers investigated over the years.

Featuring work from Southwestern students in physics, chemistry, engineering, and digital design courses, pieces vary from paintings and posters, to 3-D models, digital art, literature, music, and augmented reality (AR) experiences. The exhibit highlights students’ learning styles and artistic creativity, while sharing with the community the achievements of Hubble Space Telescope over the last 30 years.

The museum announced this week it is re-opening to the public on Aug. 1. From Aug. 1 forward, the museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, with limited, timed-visit entry. You can schedule a visit to the museum, here.

The college encourages all interested students, Southwestern personnel, and community members to visit and explore the History Museum and the Hubble exhibit. For info about the exhibit, please contact Hubble Exhibit curator Krystal Hopper at (541) 294-5185, Dr. Aaron Coyner at (541) 294-5992, or the Coos History Museum.