Epoq 2.2 UNCP in Second Life:
Astronomy Hall
Astronomy Hall in the Science Annex on the UNCP in SL campus
Astronomy Hall in the Science Annex on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in the virtual world Second Life
Entryway to Astronomy Hall in the Science Annex on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in the virtual world Second Life
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Front window of Astronomy Hall in the Science Annex on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in the virtual world Second Life
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Welcome sign to Astronomy Hall in the Science Annex on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in the virtual world Second Life
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Some of the Hubble Space Telescope exhibits in Astronomy Hall in the Science Annex on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in the virtual world Second Life
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Astronomy Hall in the Science Annex on the UNCP campus in Second Life is a teaching facility designed to provide learning opportunities in space science and astronomy.

Situated on the UNCP campus in the Dotoorak region of the southern continent mainland of the 3D virtual-reality Internet world Second Life, Astronomy Hall is intended to function as a pedagogical space using a array of communications technologies.

The principle exhibit currently on display at Astronomy Hall is a self-guided learning experience about one of NASA's Great Observatories in Space – the Hubble Space Telescope.

Breathtaking imagery. The collection of Hubble images of galaxies, supernovas, nebulas and stars has been described as extraordinary, stunning, fabulous, dramatic, amazing, unprecedented, exciting, magnificent, phenomenal, awesome and even electrifying.

Dating to 1990, the Hubble has returned extraordinary views of faraway places. Its stunning images have revealed the birth, death, and misfortunes of stars as well as a treasure trove of details about our planet neighbors in the Solar System.

Through Hubble's eye we have watched vast sand dunes appear as the Martian polar ice cap melts away through summer. We've observed Neptune swept by giant hurricanes and Saturn twirling inside its delicate girdle of rings.

Hubble has allowed scientists to calculate the ages of star clusters far beyond our own galaxy and even an age for the entire Universe itself – up to 16 billion years.

Awesome Hubble images of nebulae, emerging stars, and other celestial phenomena have shown us the magical wonder of deep space. Hubble has allowed us to look in as stars have formed in their cradles. And then there are the breathtaking views of millions of stars at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy.
Go here for more beautiful Hubble views across the Universe

Students and faculty studying at the virtual Astronomy Hall can be dispersed anywhere in the real world. The site is outfitted with: SLURL is short for Second Life URL, a Web address. SLURL's are direct links from the Web to locations inside Second Life. The SLURL for Astronomy Hall is:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dotoorak/56/51/401

The UNCP sandbox – the Newbie Convenience Center & Rest Station – is at this SLURL:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Myungsimbogam/37/212/60

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© 2010 Anthony Curtis