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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.

April 2018

Our neighboring planet Venus takes center-stage in the night sky this April as it increases in brightness, making it one of the simplest celestial objects to spot with the naked-eye. Following suit, this month’s episode focuses on Venus and other bright solar objects. Learn more about the concept of magnitude, the measure of an object’s […]

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March 2018

March comes in like a lion(and goes out like a lamb)”, but where did this idiom come from? And how does it relate to the stars and sky? Our Assistant Director of Education, Wendy Ackerman, answers these questions and highlights other notable celestial on-goings in this month’s edition of our astro-podcast.    

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February 2018

Sorry, Punxsutawney Phil, February 2nd is more than just Groundhog Day-it’s a Cross-Quarter date! Frequent listeners will be well-acquainted with Quarter dates (aka Solstices and Equinoxes), but do you know just exactly what it means to be a Cross-Quarter date? Tune in to learn the specifics, as well as to hear if Punxsutawney Phil actually has […]

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January 2018

Happy New Year! In this month’s episode, we highlight some special and rare astronomical events to look forward to in 2018. Learn about the phenomena of blue moons and planetary oppositions as well as other celestial events you can see this year.    

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December 2017

Friday, December 30, it’s BYOB(inoculars) night on our Green Roof! View the occultation of the Moon and the star Aldebaran as a special feature of ourFriday Night Stargazing. To learn more about this celestial event and to hear about other stargazing highlights this month, listen to the latest episode of our sci-cast!    

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November 2017

This month, we take a closer look at a planet seldom seen from Earth—Mercury! November is your chance to see this distant planet while it’s in its greatest elongation from the Sun. Listen and learn some unique facts about the planet as well as how you can use the Moon to locate it in night […]

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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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