A travelling exhibition of the Herschel Hi-GAL Milky Way

Lead Research Organisation: University of Hertfordshire
Department Name: Science and Technology RI


One of the Key Projects currently being carried out by the Herschel Space Observatory is the Hi-GAL survey of the Milky Way (https://hi-gal.ifsi-roma.inaf.it/higal/). Hi-GAL is the biggest area and highest resolution survey of the Milky Way that has been carried out to date, and is revealing the Galaxy's star formation and molecular clouds in stunning detail. What we would like to achieve through this Small Award is to bring the Hi-GAL vision of the Milky Way to the general public by staging an exhibition of the Hi-GAL images. We plan to do this in an innovative way, by creating a walking tour of the Milky Way in the form of a 50m long floor display that can be shown in a variety of venues.

Our primary aim is to bring the science behind Herschel and its beautiful images to a wide audience which would not normally get to appreciate them, by placing the floor display in venues that attract a wide spectrum of visitors. Our secondary aims are to showcase the strong UK involvement in Hi-GAL and Herschel, using venues geographically linked to the UK institutes involved.


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Description Cosmic ray muon detectors were constructed and deployed in 2 schools in the North East of England as teaching aids.
Exploitation Route The design of our cosmic ray detector for education has been subsequently copied for further outreach activity, e.g. at Boulby mine
Sectors Education

Description The cosmic ray muon detectors have been delivered to schools and have had impact in teaching at those locations.
First Year Of Impact 2008
Sector Education
Description Open evenings at University of Hertfordshire 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The display was used at our regular open evenings at the University observatory. There were 4 events during each year, attended by approximately 300 people each night.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017