Sites and Wonders
The term “supermoon” was coined by the astrologer Richard Nolle over 30 years ago but is only now coming into popular usage. Nolle defined a “supermoon” as a new or full moon which occurs when the moon is within 90% of its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit. The first Supermoon of 2013 will be on the night of May 24-25.
Anyone can take part in a citizen science project that will contribute to our knowledge of periodical cicadas by submitting observations of cicada sightings to the Magicicada Mapping Project, sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Equipped with accurate maps of periodical cicada emergences, scientists are better able to unlock the mysteries of the cicada.
Susan and Rick Mudd and their children Paige, David and Sam recently raised the roof at the Science Museum of Virginia. Literally. They raised AND collapsed the roof of a wooden dome while they learned all about buildings - inside and out. “Raise the Roof” is more than an exhibit.
The James River runs through it... through the City of Richmond. And just minutes downriver is an incredible opportunity to see resident bald eagles in their natural habitat. Did you know that we have an incredible conservation success story to tell? Thirty years ago there were no bald eagles on the James River. Today, over 180 pair of resident bald eagles call the James River home. And the James River is now considered to have the best bald eagle comeback in the entire North American continent!
Want to be part of the Engineering Excitement this weekend? Sunday, February 10th from noon to 5:00 p.m., hundreds of middle and high school students will converge on the Science Museum of Virginia to compete in the Egg Drop and Bridge Building Competitions.
This weekend I'm hoping for clear skies and an amazing light show delivered by Draco the Dragon - the Draconid Meteor Shower. Grab your lawn chair and start watching for shooting stars especially at nightfall on Sunday, October 7. The Draconid Meteors are unpredictable in intensity, but last year European observers were treated to somewhere around 600 meteors per hour during the peak. Draconids are among the slowest of all meteors which makes them stunning visually.