Natural History Museum of Los Angeles Presents
Traveling the Silk Road Lecture Series
Under the Silk Road Skies
Join astronomer and Director of the Griffith Observatory Dr. E.C. Krupp for a fascinating exploration of astronomy along the Silk Road, with an introduction by Dr. Clifford V. Johnson, whose multidisciplinary research is part of an international effort to understand the origin and evolution of the Universe. Although knowledge of the sun, moon, and stars might have been a comfort along the Silk Road, negotiating the deserts and mountains from Xi’an, China, to Baghdad in Iraq, did not really require celestial navigation. Nonetheless, relics of ancient astronomy are encountered in tombs, shrines, and medieval observatories on the Silk Road.
Astronomy today is driven by the global communication of data and ideas along what was once quaintly called the Information Superhighway. This road is not paved in silk, but the trail of bits and bytes now leads into most homes, and anyone can participate in astronomical discovery. The ability to work with and communicate vast amounts of information has transformed the research environment and resulted in a single, global cosmology. Members $9, nonmembers $10. Get tickets online or call (213) 763-3349.
**ADDED BONUS** Tonight’s program also includes stargazing through telescopes with Griffith Observatory curator Dr. Laura Danly and astronomers in the Museum’s Nature Gardens to catch the light of some of the same stars that caught the eye of those who traveled the old Silk Road.
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Kindly note: You do not need to purchase a general admission ticket, you just need to purchase the Silk Road Lecture ticket to enter.
6:30 pm: Doors open, explore the Traveling the Silk Road exhibit
7 pm: Lecture
8 pm: Q&A / Book Signing
Members - $9
Non-members - $10
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