Tag: Science

FASNY Super Saturday: Weird Science w/ Professor Sparks Jan 15

Join FASNY Museum of Firefighting for a free in-person event on Saturday, January 15th: Weird Science with Professor Sparks. Come spend the morning exploring the science of fire. Professor Sparks and her robot canine companion, Spot 2000, will present an interactive program that is full of surprises. After the program make your own “slime” to take home. Only Professor Sparks can make learning about science this much fun.

This hands-on program is appropriate for children ages 5 and up.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, January 15, 2022 / 10:30am – 12pm

COST: Free

LOCATION: FASNY Museum of Firefighting 
117 Harry Howard Avenue 
Hudson, NY 12534

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For more information about this event, please call: 518-822-1875, ext. 17.

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Museum of Science at Home 

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Looking for something to entertain and educate the kids while at home? Check out Museum of Science at Home. Boston’s MoS is closed due to the pandemic, so they have put together a collection of STEM resources designed to bring the museum to you. Visit https://www.mos.org/mos-at-home for their daily live stream presentations.

One of the world’s largest science centers and New England’s most attended cultural institution, the Museum of Science introduces approximately 1.4M visitors a year to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), through the world-class hands-on exhibits, programs and curricula of its William and Charlotte Bloomberg Science Education Center. The Museum is home to such iconic exhibits as the Thompson Theater of Electricity, the Charles Hayden Planetarium, and the Mugar Omni Theater.

Beyond its walls, the Museum reaches tens of millions through its blockbuster traveling exhibits, The Science Behind Pixar, the world’s leading prek-8 engineering curricula, EiE®, original planetarium shows.  Now, through its new #MOSatHome platform, delivering the Museum experience to families and educators online with a host of live stream events, webinars, podcasts, family STEM activities and more. http://www.mos.org/MOSatHome.

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Lyrid Meteor Shower Arrives This Weekend

April’s Lyrid Meteor Shower arrives this weekend and should be visible from Friday night to Monday morning (April 20 – April 23). The best night for seeing meteors will likely by late Saturday/early Sunday until dawn. Typically, we can expect to see about 10-20 meteors per hour at the peak of the Lyrid shower.

According to EarthSky.org, this weekend’s Lyrid shower should provide some of the best meteor shower viewing conditions in a while because the new moon will present a moonless sky.

“After patiently enduring bright moonlight for all the major showers at the end of 2011 (including the Perseids, Draconids, Orionids, Leonids and Geminids), the 2012 Lyrid shower will be moon-free! The new moon guarantees a dark sky in the late night and morning hours, the best time to watch the Lyrid shower.”

The best time to see the meteors will be in the pre-dawn hours in all parts of our night sky.

For more information on the Lyrid Meteor Shower and other star-gazing events, visit EarthSky.org.

Image and quote from EarthSky.org.

Way Beyond Columbia County

Have you ever wondered how our planet stacks up in size to the rest of the planets in our solar system? What about how large is our sun when compared to other stars in the cosmos? NASA has posted the following video to illustrate how tiny our place in the universe is.

Enjoy!

You can see more cool stellar stuff like this on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day site.

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