Welcome to the Big Bang Observatory! Here, you can explore what your
ancestors couldn't. In the past, the sky was off limits to the ancient
people. The Mesopotamian people stared in wonder at the evening sky. When
the Romans gazed upon the stars in Uranus, their personified heaven, they
felt their gods among them. Venus, the goddess of love and beauty graced her
ruler, Jupiter, who was a bit of a lady's man. He often sent his love
letters through the gods' messenger, Mercurius. His nimble feet carried
messages through the sky and over the water, where Neptune rules. Naturally,
Neptune was fond of Saturn, who served the Romans as their god of
agriculture. While Saturn enjoyed tilling the ground with plows and reaping
a good harvest, Mars preferred the sound of swords and the booty of war.
While these gods were immortal, the Romans knew that their time on Earth was
brief and they would soon retire to the Underworld, where Pluto resides. The
world and under the world was all they could ever know. The sky was
something they could only see.
The Mesopotamian or Roman people never got to search the unknown sky,
like you can at the Big Bang Observatory. Here, you can learn what your
ancestors could not understand, but attempted to explain though their
stories. Although the planets were named after ancient Roman gods, no ancient
Roman man ever got to walk on the moon, the distant wonder they once stared
at in the sky. Now, we can explore these, once, untouchable objects of
desire in our sky. In the Big Bang Observatory, you can explore the
mysterious world of wonder at the very tips of your fingers. So Welcome!
Peek through our telescope and type on our computer. We want you to get to
know the "space-know-it-all" Professor Starling and jump into our time
machine, or hitch a ride on a fired up comet. And if you are truly a
thrillseeker, you might find an exciting adventure by visiting a planet in
our solar system via the incredible Big Bang Spaceship. Whatever you wish to
do, thoroughly explore space in the Big Bang Ovservatory.