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Tonight's Lunar Eclipse

Eclipse Viewing Information by Dr. Lisa Will, the Fleet's resident Astronomer

Night owl alert! We San Diegans should have a spectacular view of tonight's lunar eclipse if the clouds/marine layer stay away. The full moon will start passing into the darkest part of the Earth's shadow around 11 p.m. tonight. The total eclipse will begin around midnight and last until 1:30 a.m. The moon will fall completely out of the Earth's shadow around 3 a.m.

Films in the Dome

The Heikoff Giant Dome in green

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is the home to the iconic Heikoff Giant Dome Theater! With a 76-foot wraparound movie screen and 16,000 watts of digital surround sound, the theater is a marvel of science itself. The theater functions both as Southern California’s only IMAX® Dome Theater and a planetarium (catch The Sky Tonight on the first Wednesday of each month). Our state-of-the-art, full-dome digital projection system and IMAX film projection system produce incredible images nearly eight stories high.

Come to the Fleet and Rock in the Park

Rock in the Park

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is proud to present our new LIVE concert series celebrating our newest exhibition, Guitar! The Rock in the Park concert series is for adults 21 and older, and will be held on select Friday nights in January, February and March 2014.  Your ticket gets you two amazing performances: an opening act at 7:30 p.m. and a rockin’ headliner around 8:30 p.m. You’ll also have access to the Fleet’s 100+ exhibits, including GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World upstairs.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase from The French Gourmet and BarWorks.

Tinkering at the Mini Maker Faire

Testing a contraption in the wind tube

San Diego Mini Maker Faire is a one-day, family-friendly event that celebrates arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science and technology projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset. It’s for creative, resourceful people who like to tinker and love to make things. We call them Makers. Come see the Fleet at the Faire, where we'll be presenting the Tinkering Studio.

Get the News About Comet ISON

A comet streaks through the sky

By Dr. Lisa Will, Fleet Astronomer

Comet ISON is getting brighter in the sky, and it should hopefully become visible to the naked eye soon. If you want to know where to locate it in the sky or learn more about Comet ISON, some useful resources are listed below. 

Plus, the Fleet is hosting a Coffee & Comets event on Tuesday, November 26, early in the morning (because the comet can be viewed before sunrise). Visit our Events page for more information.

Rent the Fleet for a Fantastic Event

The Fleet can be all yours

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (the Fleet) is proud to have been the chosen venue for The 6th Annual San Diego Business Journal Information Technology Executive of the Year Awards. A dedicated group of 400 IT professionals and business leaders gathered at the Fleet to celebrate eight San Diego IT executives earlier this year. The awards ceremony recognized the leadership and innovation of these IT executives. 

An Update on NASA's MAVEN Mission

MAVEN logo

NASA News From the Fleet's Astronomer, Lisa Will

Some of you may have heard that NASA's MAVEN mission to Mars was halted by the government shutdown. MAVEN has a launch window of 20 days in late November/early December when the Earth and Mars are in an advantageous alignment. If MAVEN cannot launch during this window, the mission will be delayed until 2016, when the next appropriate alignment occurs.

Discover the Savory Specials of Galileo’s Café

Galileo’s Café serves up delicious, affordable classics like chili cheese dogs, chicken salads and pizza, but what if you are more adventurous? Does Galileo’s Café live up to its name and challenge the culinary status quo just as Galileo himself challenged his generation about the Earth’s position in the galaxy? The answer is … yes!

The Perseids Did Not Disappoint!

Fleet console operator Mary Anderson shares her photo and story:

“The Perseids are coming!” That’s enough to get any devoted night sky photographer headed to dark skies. In the San Diego area, my favorite spot is Borrego Springs, which is the International Dark-Sky Association's second Dark-Sky Community. (Flagstaff, AZ, is the first.) 

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