The Museum of Astronomy and Related Sciences (MAST) will open on Wednesday, 17 September, the temporary exhibition Observations of Dutch Recife, which reconstitutes part of the work of Jorge Marcgrave, a young scholar who lived in the Americas from 1638 to 1644. In Recife, he made observations about climate, land, plants, animals, people, and the sky of the Southern Hemisphere, until then little known among European astronomers.
The exhibition “Photography, Science, and Art” opened on 18 May as one of the activities of MAST in the National Museum Week, whose theme for 2009 was museums and tourism. MAST’s contribution to this event was to explore various nuances of an accessory almost always indispensable for the tourist: photography. In this way the exhibition makes available to the public part of the collection of cameras, equipment, and photographs, as well as holding workshops of pinhole photography.
Thinking about time is thinking about an idea, a feeling, a flow of life experiences. Since it involves dealing with an indispensable physical grandeur, since it possesses historic, scientific, and philosophical importance. With the aim of dealing with the various conceptions of time, MAST is holding the ‘Faz Tempo – Time’ exhibition.
With 3D interactive apparatus, multimedia, videos, panels, and the scenography of the sky, visitors to the Museum of Astronomy (RJ) unveil curiosities about the seasons of the year, the phases of the moon, and others.
MAST is a science and technology museum located in the architectural and landscape complex in the old National Observatory of the city of Rio de Janeiro. When the museum was created, the heritage of historical value existing there – consisting of 16 buildings, collections of scientific instruments and other significant aspects, such as furniture and fittings, related to the important of the history of science in Brazil – was preserved by the Institute of National Historic and Artistic Heritage (Iphan) in 1986, and by the State Institute of Cultural Heritage (Inepac) in 1987.
After being successfully presented in important institutions in France, including the University of Paris, the exhibition “Looking Towards the Spaces of the Third Dimension” is reaching Brazil with the aim of revealing the beauty contained in some revolutionary concepts of maths, especially in the field of geometrization. For this art and interactivity are combined in installations which provide the public with the feeling of really being immersed in tridimensional ambients. The notions of mathematics are described without formulas and with a minimum of text.