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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.

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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January 2017

Happy New Year. As we welcome the start of 2017 we look forward to a special astronomical event this summer: a total solar eclipse on August 21st! The last total solar eclipse visible to the United States took place 26 years ago in 1991. In the January night sky, star watchers can see Mars, Venus, […]

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December 2016

In this final month of the calendar year, several celestial items are worth noting. Hear about winter’s Moon and star patterns in this final podcast of 2015.

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May 2016

It’s a planet party in the sky this month with Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn all visible in the evening sky. Plus Mercury presents a treat on May 9 when it passes in front of the Sun for the first time since 2006.

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April 2016

From early in the morning to late at night there’s something for everyone in the sky this month. Tune in to find out what planetary and star pairings are visible and best times for viewing.

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March 2016

March 20 will mark the official first day of spring, and we’ll set our clocks forward the week before. Although it will stay light out later, there are still plenty of reasons to get up early. Tune in to find out what Moon and planetary pairings will be visible and how to best spot them.

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Science At Home

Science happens all around us. Search through our archive of experiments for science that you can do in your classroom or in your home. The DIY experiments feature step-by-step instructions and use everyday household items.

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Animation Clips

See animated visualizations on a variety of subjects including Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, the Mars global surveyor spacecraft findings, the earth with clouds, ocean and land cover, and much more.

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X-Ray Sun

See the outer atmosphere of the Sun, called the corona. This outer layer is hundreds to thousands of times hotter than the surface of the Sun we see in visible light and is where the Sun is most dynamic. See flares, solar eruptions, coronal holes, and how they affect life on earth and the technology we rely on.

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