The annual Lyrid meteor shower peaks this year on the morning of Saturday, April 22nd, as Earth passes through a stream of dusty debris trailing Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1). Comet Thatcher last visited the inner solar system in 1861, and isn’t expected to return until the year 2276. The “inner solar system” is the region between the Sun and Mars.
Calling all Science Teachers! It’s time to submit your most innovative and effective lesson plans and share best practices with Science Teachers across Virginia at the Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) Annual Professional Development Institute. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Science” and submissions are due by May 1, 2017.
For centuries, the Lithuanian city of Vilnius was one of the most important Jewish centers in the world, earning the title “Jerusalem of the North,” until the Nazis destroyed it. About 95% of its Jewish population of Vilna, its name in Hebrew and Yiddish, was murdered and its synagogues and institutions were reduced to ruins. The Soviets finished the job, paving over the remnants of Vilna’s famous Great Synagogue, for example, so thoroughly that few today know it ever existed.
Did you know that 80% of Americans live on islands? These may not be the islands surrounded by sand and water, but instead these are urban heat islands. As the human impact on the environment continues these islands become more and more important to us. First let’s dig into the basics though and start by asking today’s big question, what is a heat island? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.
By now we’re all aware that the dinosaurs were the gigantic rulers of Earth for about 200 million years and in that time frame they evolved in many shapes and sizes. Thanks to this long residency as a species on Earth it’s no wonder that we’re still finding new dino-evidence. So, what is the latest dino-discovery? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.