SAN DIEGO—12 October 2023—Color in a New Light is a captivating journey exploring the science of darkness, light we can’t see, light we can see and color. The Fleet Science Center’s newest exhibition opens Saturday, October 21

Created with local scientists, Color in a New Light offers a deeper dive into what we might take for granted about how we perceive light and color. For instance, how black is black? What is invisible light? What is the difference between light and color? 

This exhibition lets visitors investigate these questions and observe their own perceptions to draw conclusions about both the seen and the unseen. And they’ll have a lot of fun along the way.  

The exhibition boasts interactives such as a walk-in kaleidoscope, a monochrome room with sodium bulbs, an anti-gravity mirror, prisms, lenses, and super-black paint.  

Areas to explore 

  • How Dark is Dark? Visitors begin in the dark, where they can understand how light has direction and see what is blacker than black.  
  • Light We Can’t See. Visitors venture into the invisible light realm, discovering the wonders of infrared and ultraviolet light. 
  • Light We Can See. Visitors dive into the visible light spectrum, to explore optics and the concept that colors are created by reflected light. 
  • Color. Visitors can mix hues, illuminate their surroundings and saturate their senses. 

For Media 

Please join use for an exclusive Color in a New Light sneak peek night on Thursday, October 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fleet Science Center. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by Wednesday, October 18.  
To schedule an individual preview of Color in a New Light, an interview with a Fleet subject matter expert and to learn more, please contact Fleet Science Center Communications Specialist Suzanne Sanders at (619) 238-1233 ext. 804 or   

Información y entrevistas en español también están disponibles para los medios necesarios. 

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About the Fleet Science Center 

Since 1973, the Fleet Science Center has been a central link between science, schools and scientific organizations, collaborating with the communities that call San Diego County home. Its mission is simple yet bold: to realize a San Diego where everyone is connected to the power of science. The organization delivers on this mission through engaging experiences and culturally driven education programs in neighborhoods throughout the county and the historic Balboa Park flagship location. The Fleet creates places of inspiration by collaborating with communities to support and grow STEM talent in San Diego. From interactive exhibits and school field trips to free science programs, the Fleet is forward-thinking and consistently evolving to create positive change in the world. To learn more, visit   

About Balboa Park 

Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urban-cultural park in the United States. First established by the City of San Diego in 1868, it is also one of the oldest city parks in the nation and is the most visited single destination in San Diego. Its 1,200 acres include 17 museums, many gardens and attractions, the San Diego Zoo, miles of hiking trails, and multiple athletic complexes to explore and discover. For more information, visit


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