See this beautiful sea creature, which produces its own light through a chemical reaction, during Glow at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. (Photo courtesy Exhibit IQ/ANSP)
This summer, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will shed light on one of the most fascinating, yet least understood, phenomena in nature.
Opening June 1, Glow: Living Lights showcases bioluminescent creatures of both the land and sea.
The mysterious chemical process allows for organisms to produce its their own light, and the family-friendly exhibition explores the variety of creatures that produce light for communicating, camouflage, attracting prey and for other reasons scientists still don’t understand.
Visitors will be able to see rare photographs, film footage and preserved specimens of bioluminescent creatures, and also get up close to live scorpions, find themselves caught in a jar like a firefly and don creature costumes for pretend play. Other examples of featured creatures include fireflies, glow worms, viper fish and cookie-cutter sharks.
Glow: Living Lights is on view through September 22 and is free with regular museum admission.
Keep an eye out for this brilliant exhibit.
Glow: Living Lights
When: June 1-September 22
Where: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free with museum admission