The cosmos, beamed onto a high ceiling, featuring 12,000 energy-efficient LED lights

So much for looking up at the night sky hoping to view the cosmos in all its majesty, only to have to settle for a disappointingly light-polluted sky with a smattering of stars and satellite lights. Paying tribute to the late Cornell astronomy professor Carl Sagan, New York-based artist Leo Villareal actually made a dazzling light installation with more than 12,000 energy-efficient LED lights to display computer-generated cosmos-inspired patterns on a high ceiling of the Johnson Museum’s Sherry and Joel Mallin Sculpture Court in Cornell University. From there, it was highly visible on campus, as well as also from the city of Ithaca.

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