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Origins

Museums are full of fascinating objects from prehistoric times, but in reality ancient vistas surround us daily, many of which will not fit in a museum! We can literally look into the past through the skies of our own backyards. The light of stars and galaxies take millions, even billions of years to reach earth, so that what we see now is not the universe as it is today, but rather as it was in the remote past. The familiar landscapes we pass by daily represent chapters in the history of our Earth. These rocks allow us to reconstruct the arrangement of the continents and the history of the Earth. In the Origins gallery, voyage through the timeline of the cosmos and discover major events in the history of planet Earth.

 

origins exhibit entry
Origins Gallery


Cosmic microwave background, 13 billion years ago. NASA image.

Cosmic microwave background, 13 billion years ago. NASA image.

Hubble deep field, to 12 billion light years distant.
Hubble deep field, to 12 billion light years distant.
NASA: R. Williams, The HDF Team (STScI)

Earth 4.6-3.8 billion years ago (Hadean Earth).
Earth 4.6-3.8 billion years ago (Hadean Earth).
Journal of Cosmology, Volume 8, June 2010


“Impact:” formation of the moon, 4.5 billion years ago.
“Impact:” formation of the moon, 4.5 billion years ago.
NASA image 2-1307 by Joe Tucciarone, www.joetucciarone.com


Snowball Earth, 2.4 billion years ago.
Snowball Earth, 2.4 billion years ago.
Journal of Cosmology, Volume 8, June 2010

Grand Canyon, Inner Gorge, Vishnu Basement Rocks, 1.6-1.8 billion years ago.
Grand Canyon, Inner Gorge, Vishnu Basement Rocks, 1.6-1.8 billion years ago.
USGS image

 

Young visitor contemplates Origins
Young visitor contemplates Origins


Burgess Shale Fauna, Canada, 500 million years ago.
Burgess Shale Fauna, Canada, 500 million years ago.
GEO86500_52d, http://fieldmuseum.org


Earth 470 million years ago (Middle Ordovician).
Earth 470 million years ago (Middle Ordovician).
Ron Blakey, Colorado Plateau Geosystems, http://cpgeosystems.com/


Life on Earth, 370 million years ago.
Life on Earth, 370 million years ago.
GEO86500_125d, http://fieldmuseum.org

 

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