Oklahoma History Center to send learning out of the stratosphere with rocket class


This Hubble image shows how young, energetic, massive stars illuminate and sculpt their birthplace with powerful winds and searing ultraviolet radiation. In this Hubble portrait, the giant red nebula (NGC 2014) and its smaller blue neighbor (NGC 2020) are part of a vast star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, located 163,000 light-years away. The image is nicknamed the “Cosmic Reef,” because the nebulas resemble an undersea world. The sparkling centerpiece of NGC 2014 is a grouping of bright, hefty stars, each 10 to 20 times more massive than our Sun. The stars’ ultraviolet radiation heats the surrounding dense gas. The massive stars also unleash fierce winds of charged particles that blast away lower-density gas, forming the bubble-like structures seen on the right, which resemble coral. The stars’ powerful stellar winds are pushing gas and dust to the denser left side of the nebula, where it is piling up, creating a series of dark ridges bathed in starlight. The blue areas in NGC 2014 reveal the glow of oxygen, heated to nearly 20,000 degrees Fahrenheit by the blast of ultraviolet light. The cooler, red gas indicates the presence of hydrogen and nitrogen. By contrast, the seemingly isolated blue nebula at lower left (NGC 2020) has been created by a solitary mammoth star 200,000 times brighter than our Sun. The blue gas was ejected by the star through a series of eruptive events during which it lost part of its outer envelope of material. The image, taken by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3, commemorates the Earth-orbiting observatory’s 30 years in space. (Photo courtesy NASA/STSCI)

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The Oklahoma History Center wants to take youngsters on an educational voyage into outer space.

The History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City, will host a rocket class from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 24 as part of its Launch to Landing: Oklahomans in Space exhibit.

The class features a behind-the-scenes tour and allows participants to engage with the center’s hands-on educational cart, which is filled with items about space.

Participants will make their own water bottle rocket and take turns launching them into space during the last half of the class.

The class costs $15 for Oklahoma Historical Society members and $20 for non-members, and is limited to 10 participants of all ages; however, the suggested age is 6-12.

Visit www.okhistory.org/historycenter/classes to register for the class. Registration closes Friday, July 16.

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