Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
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BP KINETIC SPACE

This gallery focuses on physics fun. Active displays get you moving to demonstrate the principles of energy, force and motion.

AIR CANNON
We often feel wind, even though we can't see it. We can only see the effects of wind: fluttering leaves, waving treetops and drifting snow. This pivoting air cannon shapes the pulse of air that it blasts forth. We may not see the wind but it can still be powerful. Can you control what you can't see? Take aim. Find out.

HOIST CHAIR
Sit in this special chair and experiment with levers and pulleys to haul yourself vertically. Learn how simple mechanical systems can lower the force needed to lift something.

INFRARED CAMERA
The heat you give off is detected by a thermographic camera, so you can see yourself in the infrared range on a large screen.

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Did you know?

When you crack a whip, it makes a loud noise because the tip is moving faster than the speed of sound.

Sound travels four times faster in water than it does in air.