Sites and Wonders
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.
Is there a better way to explore science and chemistry than by dissecting the bangs, explosions and flashes of fireworks? Get ready for your Fourth of July celebration after you watch the video below from the Royal Institute at the University of Cambridge, England. Professor Chris Bishop walks you through hands-on demonstrations about the hows and whys of firework science.
The peeling of an orange and an in-depth understanding of mathematics led a team of architects and engineers to discover how to construct one of architecture’s iconic images: the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia.
The Science Museum of Virginia is ready to get a little irrational about Pi in hopes to make your knowledge of this tasty number a bit more well rounded. On Wednesday, March 14, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. celebrate the first three digits of Pi, 3.14, on March 14 – also known as 3/14 with a day filled with some pie science.
She has the hoop in sight, she runs, she shoots she scores! The basketball flies through the hoop and so does the small furry player, one of the stars of Rat Basketball at The Science Museum of Virginia. Amazing basketball skills are not something rats are born with, so how does Laura Kramer, the Chief Rat Wrangler, and her team of trainers use science to get these small basketball players to compete in the game?
Watch the video to learn about the science of rat basketball.
Have you ever been surrounded by rocks that glow? You will be when you visit the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature at the University of Richmond. Tucked within a gallery filled with intriguing objects like fossils, shells, a giant clam, decorative arts, ancient coins, and different kinds of gems and minerals - the Fluorescent Mineral room is a site not to miss. Watch the video below to find out more.