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Science Literacy Night @ HMNS | Become A Paper Engineer
January 15, 2021 · Be The First To Comment

When I am on my own, I can be easily crumbled. When I am folded, I can fly. If you use me correctly, I can build a structure as high as the sky. What am I? If you guessed paper, you got it right! Paper is an extremely versatile resource that we use to take […]

HMNS Debunks Popular Blood Donation Myths
January 11, 2021 · Be The First To Comment

Now through the end of May 2021, the Houston Museum of Natural Science has partnered up with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center to become a pop-up blood donation destination. Although not all of us may feel comfortable with donating our bodies to science, as seen in our latest special exhibit, a pint of blood […]

Two Giants Return to the Sun’s Glare| January 2021 Sky Happenings
January 6, 2021 · Be The First To Comment

Mercury makes a rare appearance in the southwest at dusk.  Pick a site with a clear southwestern horizon, and look right above the point of sunset. You can watch Mercury pass Saturn (on the 9th) and Jupiter (on the 10th and 11th) as it enters the evening sky.  It returns to the Sun’s glare by […]

Insider Tips and Tricks for Visiting HMNS During the Holidays
December 23, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is always a magical place during the holiday season, and we’re not just saying that because, you know, we work here. There’s pretty lights all over, fragrant Christmas trees in the Grand Hall, and Trains Over Texas buzzing nearby. If we’re lucky it’s usually hoodie weather and the museum […]

Giant conjunction on the winter solstice
December 21, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

On December 21, 2020, the gas giants Jupiter and Saturn appear only one tenth of one degree apart in our sky. They have not appeared that close since July 10, 1623. Of course, Jupiter is not really next to Saturn.  Saturn is in fact about 4.3 astronomical units (AU)–about 400 million miles–behind Jupiter.  (One AU […]

Sky Events for December 2020
December 8, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

Jupiter and  Saturn are in the southwest at dusk this month.  Look south-southwest in the early evening for the two planets which will be just over 2 degrees apart.  You’ll see Jupiter noticeably closer to Saturn each week.  By December 21, the two planets will be only six arcminutes (one tenth of one degree) apart in the sky.  […]

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