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An Interview With an Astronomer

Dr. Lisa Will

Dr. Lisa Will is the Fleet’s Resident Astronomer. She is also an Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy in the Department of Physical Sciences at San Diego City College. Dr. Will hosts our popular monthly live planetarium show, The Sky Tonight. She sat down to talk with Nathan Young about the upcoming show; the current film, Hidden Universe; and upcoming astronomical events.

An Interview With an Astronaut

With the launch of our new exhibit, Destination Station, we've been lucky to have astronauts available to chat with us here at the Fleet! Mike Hopkins was selected in July 2009 as one of 14 members of the 20th NASA astronaut class. On September 25, 2013, Hopkins launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station. During his stay aboard the space station, Hopkins conducted a pair of U.S. spacewalks to change out a degraded pump module for a total of 12 hours and 58 minutes. Hopkins returned to Earth on March 10, 2014, after 166 days in space.

Introducing the Tinkerers' Club

Onager catapult

The Fleet’s Tinkering Studio, a place where tinkerers of all ages can create, explore and experiment, has expanded to include the Tinkerers’ Club!

Girl Scout Sleepover at the Fleet

Sleepover at the Fleet

Ever want to spend an adventurous night in a museum?

On Saturday, June 28, your Girl Scout is invited to the Rueben H. Fleet Science Center’s Girl Scout Sleepover. She will have the opportunity to explore mind- boggling Illusions, the science behind how human cells are formed, the importance of water conservation and more in our eight interactive exhibit galleries. She will also get to attend two fun, educational workshops, participate in a scavenger hunt, and view Frozen on the Giant Dome Screen.

The Earth From Space

The Earth From Above

News From Dr. Lisa Will, the Fleet's Resident Astronomer

Tonight's topic for The Sky Tonight live planetarium show is The Earth From Above. Join us for a view of the Earth from space. Shows are at 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. The Sky Tonight features a new topic on the first Wednesday of each month.

Can't make it tonight or want to see more? You might already know about the wonderful Astronomy Picture of the Day website (if not, it's listed below), but if you want to see the Earth from space, here are a few other resources you might enjoy:

ILLUSION: Can You Believe It When You See It?

You. Here. Now., an exhibit in ILLUSION

Is anything really as it seems? After all, the human mind can be very easily fooled.

ILLUSION: Nothing Is As It Seems, a mind-boggling next exhibition, will distort your senses and challenge you to think of the world in a new way. ILLUSION features intriguing exhibits that deceive the eyes of the visitor, showing that what we perceive is often radically different from the reality we observe.

Here are some exhibits within ILLUSION that you won’t want to miss:

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.

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