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Galileo's By the Numbers

yummy snacks

Have you ever wondered how much food and drink Galileo's Cafe at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center sells? Take a look at these numbers:

1,378 cups of coffee

910 tubs of popcorn

527 hot dogs

412 Dip N’ Dots

385 pretzels

Sound like a lot? Well, that’s just for the week of December 25-31, 2014! And those are only a few of Galileo's tasty items. 

Next time you're in Balboa Park and you're hungry or thirsty, stop in at Galileo's Cafe!

Five Questions Scientists Hope Rosetta Answers About Comets

Comet 67P as seen from the ESA Rosetta spacecraft

By David Harker, Associate Research Scientist, UCSD Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences (CASS)

The primary mission of Rosetta's visit to comet 67P/Churymov–Gerasimenko is to further our understanding of the origin and evolution of our solar system. Comets can be thought of as time capsules since they formed within 100,000 years of the formation of the solar nebula, which is thought to be tens of millions of years older than the formation of the solar system 4.7 billion years ago.

Things You Might Have Missed About the Philae Landing on Comet 67P

Artist conception of the Philae lander

By David Harker, Associate Research Scientist, UCSD Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences (CASS)

On March 2, 2004, the European Space Agency (ESA) launched the Rosetta Mission. The goal for this mission was for the Rosetta spacecraft to rendezvous with comet 67P/Churymov–Gerasimenko, which was 280 million miles away from Earth. To put this into perspective, the Earth is about 93 million miles away from the Sun. So at the point of rendezvous, comet 67P was three times the distance away from the Earth as the Earth is from the Sun.

Last Minute Gift Ideas From the North Star Science Store

RobotiKits: 14 in 1 Education Solar Robot

By Ruth Segenet

Looking for the perfect last minute holiday gift? Here are some great ideas to consider from the North Star Science Store.

Under the Sea Morph Mug

Orion's Successful Launch

Orion launch

Watch the video here!

Orion's launch was scrubbed on Thursday, but Friday morning, Dec. 5, saw a successful launch, ushering in a new era of space exploration. Click the link above to see the launch footage.

Science Store Bestsellers: Night Lights!

Santa Claus choosing a science themed lamp for you!

By Ally Browne

Every room needs a light! The North Star Science Store offers a variety of fun and educational sources of luminescence to awaken the inner scientist. Here are some of our most popular items to think about for the holiday gift-giving season. Many of these items aren’t carried anywhere else in town!

Plasma Reactor  

Build an oozing plasma light source while learning about chemistry and chemical reactions. A fizzing tablet reacts to the glow from an LED light, yielding a cool, fun and educational lamp. $24.95

Take a Closer Look at Genome

Visitors explore Genome

Marketing Intern Ruth Segenet shares her picks for don't-miss exhibits in the Genome exhibition.

Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code explores the human genome, the three-billion-part instruction manual written in DNA, and the role of genomics in modern life. Genome features a variety of fascinating exhibits that demonstrate the revolutionary nature of genomic science.

Here are some exhibits within Genome that you won't want to miss:

Partial Solar Eclipse on Thursday, October 23

By Dr. Lisa Will

Get ready! During the afternoon of Thursday, October 23, a partial solar eclipse will be visible from San Diego. Less than 50% of the Sun will be covered from our viewpoint in San Diego, but the quality of light outside should be noticeably different.

Mars To Encounter Comet Siding Spring

By Dr. Lisa Will
 
This Sunday, October 19, Mars will have a close encounter with Comet Siding Spring.
 
And by close, I mean close!
 
Comet Siding Spring, also known as C/2013 A1, will be approximately 82,000 miles away from Mars at its closest approach. That might not seem like much, but to give you a sense of scale that is equivalent to about one-third the distance between the Earth and the Moon!
 

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