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Written in the Stars: An Exclusive Interview with HMNS Astronomer James Wooten
February 20, 2020 · 2 Comments

He directs our attention to the skies monthly right here on Beyond Bones and explains the mysteries of the universe every day in the Burke Baker Planetarium to inner-city kids through a program with the Houston Independent School District (HISD), but there is much more to the man behind the stars. I had the pleasure […]

HMNS Weekly Happenings
February 17, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

There’s always something to learn at the museum. The saints are marching in to Mardi Gras this week with the first Mixers & Elixirs of 2020, but wait… there’s more! Check out our weekly happenings below. Wednesday, February 19 CLASS – DIY IRL: BUTTERFLY PINNING AND SHADOW BOX MAKING 6:00 PM · LOWER LEVEL CLASSROOMS […]

What’s In A Birthstone?: Amethyst
February 13, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

Amethyst is a mineral known for its eye-grabbing violet hue. There are many examples of this beautiful sight within our Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals, but such a cultural influence can be found in other corners of the museum. February’s birthstone has many tales to tell. One of the most spectacular pieces in the […]

HMNS Weekly Happenings
February 10, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

So many adventures are possible with HMNS. From forensic science feats in our own backyard to a miracle berry that swaps the sweet for sour, this week offers everything from A to Z for you and your valentine. Check out our weekly happenings below. Tuesday, February 11 LECTURE – THE REAL CSI: GETTING FORENSIC SCIENCE […]

My Bloody Valentine: A Darker History
February 7, 2020 · 2 Comments

I am no fan of Valentine’s Day. A simple Google search of “I hate Valentine’s Day” will prove that I am not alone in my aversion. I don’t know why I hate it. I just do. I prefer to celebrate the Ides of March, which is exactly one month and a day after Valentine’s. Give […]

February Star Blog
February 6, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

Venus is even higher in the evening sky this month.  Look in the west at dusk for the brightest thing there. Mercury makes a rare appearance in the evening sky this month.  For the first half of February, look for it low to the western horizon right at dusk, directly under Venus.     Mars is […]

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Written in the Stars: An Exclusive Interview with HMNS Astronomer James Wooten

Christine · February 21, 2020, 9:12 am

This is a wonderful insight into one of your star bloggers! It's so fascinating to read his words about astronomy in history in many of his posts, and now we know more about the man behind the words. James, it's very impressive that you've come so far from where you were as an 11-year-old gazing at the night sky, and I think I can safely say you've had a positive impact on many fourth-graders over the course of nearly 25 years. Thank you for shining your own special light and keep up the fine work!

Rose · February 20, 2020, 5:55 pm

Fantastic interview! And a fellow Native Houstonian too!! Great spotlight in celebration of Black History Month!

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Jay Garth Jr · February 19, 2020, 9:29 am

What is the point in doing this if not just to perpetuate trendiness; remember 2012? First things first this time, you must establish your true Maya birth day with it's given Day sign (using the Tzolkin 260 day count) for this to have practical otherwise meaningful relevance. This is why Anglicized thinking is the antithesis to comprehending many things so gargantuan. Kat's math is good but she has failed to address how to establish a Maya start day assuming that pasing Gregorian template onto the Long date has answered to the purpose of these calendars.

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My Bloody Valentine: A Darker History

Kat Havens · February 11, 2020, 10:02 am

I agree JP! I am much more excited about the prospect of the holiday now that I have a greater understanding of the history. But, a greater understanding typically allows us to consider a subject in a brand new light! Thank you for your comment.

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JP Lowe · February 8, 2020, 4:40 am

Wonderfully rendered!! I would hope that such darkness in a holiday can be transformed into a bright day for many individuals.

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