ART: ‘Creatures of Light’ Exhibit Enlightens

PHOTO CREDIT: AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

NOTE: All photos provided by the American Museum of Natural History

Did you know there are more than 2,000 firefly species worldwide or that up to 90 percent of animals at depths below 2,300 feet are bioluminescent? I didn’t either until a visit to the American Museum of Natural History earlier this year enlightened me. A fascinating exhibit, “Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence,” is on view through Jan. 6, 2013, offering visitors an up-close chance to explore organisms that produce light, from the flickering fireflies to deep-sea fishes with the ability to glow (actually, they generate light through a chemical reaction). Museum reps explain bioluminescence is the only source of light for the largest habitable space on Earth, the perpetually dark sea.

Lots of scientific lessons to learn, but honestly, I enjoyed simply walking through the series of re-created environments, which includes iPads featuring videos, photographs and fun facts about this natural phenomena. This weekend, a new exhibit called “Our Global Kitchen”  opens at the American Museum of Natural History. Founded in 1869, the museum encompasses 45 permanent exhibit halls and galleries for temporary exhibitions and the Rose Center for Earth and Space with the Hayden Planetarium. Also this year, AMNH celebrates the reopening of the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall.

PHOTO CREDIT: AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

GREEN FLUORESCENT PROTEINS IN LIVING CORALS AT GREAT WALL WEST IN BLOODY BAY MARINE PARK ON LITTLE CAYMAN ISLAND.
PHOTO CREDIT: AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

PHOTO CREDIT: AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

PHOTO CREDIT: AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

PHOTO CREDIT: AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Recommended:

American Museum of Natural History: http://www.amnh.org/

‘Creatures of Light’ exhibit: http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/creatures-of-light

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