still from art installation depiciting how difficult it is to find extrasolar planets
The image above is a still from the Light/Shadow Exhibition, which demonstrates how difficult it is to find extrasolar planets.
Dan Goods, artist in residence at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will display his Light/Shadow Exhibition in the One Colorado Courtyard in Pasadena during the biannual ArtNight on Friday, March 4, from 6 to 10 p.m.

Goods communicates JPL space missions to the public through art and demonstrations. Most recently, he's been working with the Terrestrial Planet Finder mission, which will hunt for planets similar to Earth around other stars.

Goods' Light/Shadow Exhibition demonstrates how Terrestrial Planet Finder will search for small planets around other stars by blocking the bright light of the parent star. To illustrate the point, Goods first projects a movie onto a large screen. He then shines a spotlight onto the screen, causing the movie to become less visible. Kids of all ages are then invited to walk in front of the spotlight, blocking the stream of light. The movie then becomes visible within the shadow. The event will be held at One Colorado, located between Colorado, Fair Oaks, Union and DeLacey in Pasadena.

Goods graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He also works with the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Caltech manages JPL for NASA. The Terrestrial Planet Finder mission is managed by JPL.

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Annie Carone (818) 393-5464
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Kathy Driscoll (626) 564-1066
One Colorado, Pasadena, Calif.

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