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Albedo experiment

From May 15-24, 2008, science centers worldwide are joining forces with local students for an international, educational event about the importance of the Polar ice caps.

To fully understand how these regions are critical to helping the Earth maintain its climate through their reflection of the sun’s rays (a process called albedo), youngsters will create large white spots using available material. At a scheduled time determined by optimum overpass angle, NASA satellites will pass overhead, measuring the reflectivity of these white spots and recording images of the white spots. On June 9, the World Ocean Network will participate in the Albedo Experiment as part of its World Ocean Week closing ceremony.


In addition, science center partners will organize a program of supporting events for the students, such as demonstrations and other related activities. The Albedo Experiment was created through a collaboration between IGLO and NASA.

Partner Institutions:

May 1
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

May 16
Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences, Peoria, Illinois

May 17
Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia

May 19
Technopolis, Mechelen, Belgium

Henri Bergson High School, Paris, France

May 20
Monash Science Centre, Monash, Australia

Heureka, Vantaa, Finland

MadaTech, Haifa, Israel

Singapore Science Center, Singapore

Techniquest, Cardiff, Wales

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Dayton, Ohio

Norwegian Museum of Science & Technology, Oslo, Norway

May 21
Questacon, Canberra, Australia

TeknikensHus, Lulea, Sweden

May 22
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, Albuquerque, New Mexico

May 23
National Museum of Science and Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

Museo Tridentino di Scienze Naturali, Trento, Italy

May 24
Discovery Science and Outdoor Center, Ocala, Florida

June 9
Nausicaa, Boulogne-sur-Mer, France

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