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  • © Michael Malyszko

  • © Michael Malyszko

  • © Michael Malyszko


Cosmic Light

Permanent Exhibit

Almost everything we know about the universe comes from studying light. In this exhibit, visitors explore the Milky Way Galaxy to discover how different wavelengths on the electromagnetic spectrum can offer a range of information about our universe.

Large-scale color photographs of celestial objects offer a window into the universe, revealing the births and deaths of stars, the vastness of space, and the stunning light of our Sun. Take a closer look at the Sun with our 12-foot-diameter model, and compare the size of our local star to the scale models of the planets located nearby.

For an otherwordly experience, touch a 50,000 year-old meteorite from outer space that crash-landed on Earth, and compare it to other meteorites. Gain a physical understanding of other parts of our solar system and of how our infinitesimal planet compares to our stellar neighbors, nearby galaxies, and more distant objects.


Red Wing, Level 1. Find on map

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  • Multisensory Interactives
  • Tactile Illustrations
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • For information about accessibility in the Museum: For questions or accommodation requests: 617-589-3102, Please request ASL interpeters at least two weeks in advance.