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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.


Keep up with the latest news from our night sky with the Sky and Stars SciCasts–listen in to find out what to look out for in our ever changing night sky.

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Clark Telescope

Restored to its original condition, and aided by computer controls, our Clark Telescope is an amazing piece of equipment.

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School Programs

Bring your class for a focused astronomy lesson.

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Private Programs

Reserve the Observatory for your private, guided star party.

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Explore the Sun every Saturday (and summer Fridays) as part of museum admission, weather permitting.

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Friday Night Stargazing

Explore seasonally available stars and planets in this free public program, weather permitting.

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Our rooftop urban observatory has a computer controlled telescope that lets guests view planets and stars, along with other astronomical events.

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Science on a Sphere

Science On a Sphere is a large visualization system that uses computers and video projectors to display animated data onto the outside of a sphere.

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Demo Stage

Science Live on the Demonstration Stage takes place throughout the day on a variety of hair-raising, mind-boggling, and eye-catching topics.

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