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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.) 

Fleet 40th Anniversary Trivia #4

Trivia

We’ve got a fresh batch of trivia questions about the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. These questions are sure to challenge even the most knowledgeable Fleet Genius. Have fun!

1. The human body sometimes does some disgusting things. Do you know what traveling exhibition, which visited the Fleet twice, allows people to explore “the [impolite] science of the human body”?

 

A. The Science of the Stinky and Gooey

B. Please Excuse My Science

C. Grossology

D. Yucky! The Science of You

 

Al Columbo Reports on His IMAX Experience, Part II

Al Columbo

Part II: Behind the Scenes

I got a crash course in special effects on a tour of the bowels under the theater. John Young, Electronic Audio Visual Producer at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, has proudly worked for the Fleet for more than 30 years. His office is in the basement of the theater, which is a catacomb of offices, studios and work spaces.

Giant Dome Renovation in a Minute

The incredible Heikoff Giant Dome Theater

The Giant Dome Theater at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center was renovated just a few years ago, complete with the world's first NanoSeam Dome screen in an IMAX Theater. Completely redoing our 76-foot hemispherical screen was quite an undertaking, but in this fun video, you can watch it all happen in just one minute.

This Sensational Summer Is Dedicated to YOU!

The Summer of You

The Summer of You is in full swing at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. This is our way of saying “thank you” for giving us 40 years of wonderful memories. Without you, we could never accomplish our mission to inspire lifelong learning by helping the public engage with science and technology. We invite you to visit us and join in the celebration of YOU.

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