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The Fleet has 12 exhibitions permanently on display.
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!
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
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:
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.
If you stay up past midnight on Tuesday, October 7, and into the wee hours of Wednesday, you might be lucky enough to see a total lunar eclipse.
The eclipse will start shortly after 1 a.m. and continue until sunrise. The Moon will be in partial eclipse for most of that time, with the total lunar eclipse occurring sometime between 3:30 and 4:30 a.m.
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.
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.
The Fleet’s Tinkering Studio, a place where tinkerers of all ages can create, explore and experiment, has expanded to include the Tinkerers’ Club!
Ever want to spend an adventurous night in a museum?
On Saturday, September 10, your Girl Scout is invited to the Rueben H. Fleet Science Center’s Girl Scouts 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 a movie in the Heikoff Dome Theater.
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: