Something to Glow About
Wednesday, August 04, 2010, 4pm by visitRaleigh
Have you ever spotted a firefly on a warm summer night and wondered how it lights itself up? Are you mystified by the deep-sea creatures glowing shades of neon on the Discovery channel? If so, then the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science’s Glow: Living Lights exhibit on bioluminescence is sure to excite you.
From now until Sept. 12, the Glow exhibit will explore the amazing phenomenon that allows bugs and other organisms to produce their own light, also known as bioluminescence. You’ll explore an array of glowing organisms, from the fireflies you’ve seen so often to the mysterious animals of the mid-ocean depths. You’ll also learn about the benefits of scientific research on bioluminescence, from cancer-fighting drug development to anthrax spore detection.
In addition to the exhibit itself, you’ll have the opportunity to listen to experts talk about this phenomenon. On August 12, come out and listen to Duke University Associate Professor of Biology Sonke Johnsen present Deep Light: Bioluminescence and Vision 2,000 Feet below the Bahamas. On Sept. 11, come learn from Brevard College Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Jennifer Frick-Rupert as she talks about local fireflies.
For tickets, visit this site. You’re guaranteed to be glowing with knowledge and excitement about bioluminescence after you visit this fun exhibit.