In what way are OOSS exhibits interactive?
Our Own Solar System exhibits consist of several physical panels, but they also include an online component. About half of the panels include smart phone codes, each of which links to a corresponding web page. These pages capture interest by first highlighting some of the most awe-inspiring imagery obtained by NASA space probes. Next are a few interesting facts about each Solar System object, followed up with links for viewers who want more detailed information. This makes it convenient to quickly look up the answers to any questions that may arise during a demonstration of the Solar System.
- Introduction smartphone codes are for the benefit of people who wish to understand more about the general concept of the exhibit (example).
- Several different QR codes link to interesting facts about individual Solar System objects (as an example, here is the Saturn page). Some of these pages provide information about Trans-Neptunian objects that are not otherwise shown in the exhibit (example).
- Permanent installations additionally include site-specific smartphone codes, which link to unique information about your community’s customized OOSS exhibit. Included is a description of how much farther beyond our Solar System someone would have to travel in order to reach the nearest star (example of a site-specific page for an OOSS exhibit).