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Science Encounters

The Science Center offers a variety of Science Encounters to experience while visiting–witness live hair raising science experiments on the Demo Stage, view Global changes on a 3-dimensional sphere at Science On a Sphere, encounter the night sky in all its glory on our rooftop Observatory, and keep up to date on what to look for in our night sky with SciCasts.

October 2017

Time for us to bid farewell to Sagittarius & friends and to welcome Pegasus & company for the fall! October’s night sky brings us views of Venus and Mars, as well as the last chance to see Saturn before it moves towards the Sun and out of view in November. Stargazers can visit our observatory […]

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September 2017

In this episode, we take a closer look at three notable and historical space exploration missions. This month commemorates the 40th anniversary of the launch of the Voyager Spacecraft I and Voyager Spacecraft II. While these missions continue on, the Cassini Spacecraft’s mission to Saturn will sadly be coming to an end on the 15th. Visit us at our […]

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August 2017

At last! The much anticipated Solar Eclipse takes place on Monday, August 21. In this episode, we explore how a Solar Eclipse is possible in addition to discussing our usual forecast of celestial highlights for the month. Share this rare phenomenon with us on our Rooftop Observatory during our Sun Fun: Eclipse event from Noon to 4pm.    

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July 2017

June went by in the blink of an eye, and July is likely to follow suit! Slowdown in July to enjoy all the sky has to offer this month. Venus is blazing brightly in our early morning sky, and Gas Giants Jupiter and Saturn are visible at night. Compared to the Moon, Jupiter is the […]

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June 2017

June brings the official start of the summer season with the Summer Solstice on June 20th. Planets Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus are all on display throughout the month. Be sure to check out the new images of Jupiter from the Juno Spacecraft mission, now available online. Also of note, we’re a little over two months […]

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May 2017

Welcome to May. The days are getting longer with the sun rising 25 minutes earlier and setting 25 minutes later throughout the month, leading up to the summer solstice in June! In this episode, we track the moon as it passes through and/or near various constellations, stars, and planets visible in our night sky. We also take […]

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April 2017

This month we have a medley of moons, planets, and space stations visible in the night sky! Look up the night of April 12th and wave hello to the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Tune in to learn how to identify the ISS, what it is, and when to best spot it.   […]

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March 2017

This month we welcome the start of Daylight Saving Time and the Spring Equinox! Through our discussion of the March 4th Occultation of the Moon and the star Aldebaran, we take a closer look at Occultations, Transits, and Eclipses. Listen to learn what these terms mean and how they differ. Also, hear how observing Transits […]

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February 2017

This month we explore the constellation Orion! Discover some of the key stars that form the constellation, what their names mean, and how to identify them by color and brightness. Listen to learn more about this and other celestial on-goings in our February 2017 night sky!    

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