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Catch the Perseid Meteor Shower

Perseids in 2015 by Matt Dieterich

This Thursday and Friday, August 11 and 12, is one of the best annual meteor showers you and your family or friends can watch: the Perseids. And some experts are even predicting that there might be a meteor “outburst” this year—where the number of shooting stars increases beyond the usual rates.

What Is Topology?

Taping Shape

By Kanaga Rajan

You may think our exhibition, Taping Shape, is all fun, no science. Well, it certainly IS fun, but it’s an excellent study of topology. Topology is a field in math that studies the geometric and spatial properties of shapes that are maintained after deformations such as stretching or twisting.

Pokémon Go and Augmented Reality

Pokemon Go

In a few years, virtual reality may be a commonplace escape into a land of fantasy and illusion. For now, as a sort of small first step, there is Pokémon Go, a game that's been reconfigured into a high-tech sport for all using augmented reality. Augmented reality is a live view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are “augmented” or supplemented by a sound, video, graphic or GPS data. The Pokemon Go app lets you take a sneak peak at what the future will bring us when it comes to truly immersive experiences.

Best View of Mars in a Decade

Mars, photo by NASA
During the last weeks of May and the first weeks of June, Mars will be bright and quite noticeable in the evening and early morning sky. In fact, this will likely be the best view you'll have of the planet in a decade! The last time Mars was this bright was during the the Martian opposition of November 2005.
 

Star Wars and NASA

NASA Star Wars

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now out on DVD Blu-Ray. NASA is celebrating with fun Star Wars-related videos and stories.

Evidence for a Ninth Planet

The six most distant objects in the solar system (magenta) all mysteriously align. Planet Nine, if it had 10 times Earth’s gravity and an anti-aligned orbit to these distant objects (orange), would explain these paths almost perfectly. (Image: Caltech)

By Dr. Lisa Will, Resident Astronomer at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

You may have heard that there is evidence of a possible new ninth planet in our solar system, but what exactly does that mean? What evidence was found?

Connect With NASA

Space: by NASA

There are a ton of ways you can connect with NASA—from taking spacey selfies to helping scientists search for black holes—and all you need to get started is an Internet connection!  

Not really into selfies? You’ll definitely start snapping breathtaking selfies by using the Spacecraft 3D augmented reality app! Select the target image and take your photo with the spacecraft of your choice. http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/apps/

Visiting the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center With Kids

Tornado

By Casey Makovich, Smart Destinations

Planning a San Diego vacation with the family and looking for some fun activities for you and the kids?

Make sure to visit the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. It’s a great place for kids to get interested in science. The museum’s interactive exhibits are designed to inspire curiosity and allow kids to learn scientific concepts through hands-on learning.

Check out some of the most popular exhibitions by age:

Science Experiments With Candy

gummy bears

Halloween has come and gone, and there are bags of leftover candy to prove it. Once you’ve had your fill of the sweet stuff, you can have plenty of fun with the leftover Halloween candy with science experiments! From sorting games with young children to candy chromatography, there is plenty to do with leftover Halloween candy that doesn’t involve consuming all that sugar. An all-time favorite experiment is finding out what happens when you soak gummy candies in water and other liquids. It might be fun to measure and compare different brands and colors, too.

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