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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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From Our Collections: a Manangya katsina

Grant Jones · November 15, 2021, 11:37 am

I am looking for the word, s. meaning "Snow dancer" in the Sioux language.

Full Moon | November 2021 Sky Happenings

CAROL RITTER · November 14, 2021, 9:20 am

very interesting! I saw the wonderful event wherein Venus appeared to be in the arms of the new moon (was that a poem by Sir Patrick Spence?) Your picture of the airplane in front of the full moon is dated.


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