Carolyn S Sumners

Science in Action: Martian Farming
July 13, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

As we prepared to suspend our newest celestial installation Mars by Luke Jerram in the Glassell Hall, summer interns in the museum’s astronomy department set up a Martian Farm. With the farm, interns are conducting experiments to determine how different plants react to Mars soil compared with Earth soil. They planted different types of plants […]

The “Super SuperMoon”
November 11, 2016 · Be The First To Comment

The full moon of November 14, 2016 will be the closest Supermoon to Earth since January 26,1948. The full moon won’t come this close again until November 25, 2034. Thus the November 2016 full moon is the closest and largest Supermoon in a period of 86 years!   The moon turns precisely full at 7:52 […]

Making the Stars: A Brief History of the Burke Baker Planetarium
February 2, 2016 · Be The First To Comment

In July of 1964, the Houston Museum of Natural Science opened its new museum in Hermann Park with modest exhibit space and the Burke Baker Planetarium. A state-of-the-art Spitz Space Transit Planetarium dominated the theater’s center with its flat floor and a few slide projectors. Two star balls connected by cages, swinging in a yoke, […]

A total eclipse over Houston: What color was last night’s ‘blood Moon’?
April 15, 2014 · Be The First To Comment

I hope you saw the eclipse last night and didn’t lose too much sleep. The weather was perfect and the Moon performed as predicted. The press excitedly dubbed it a ‘blood Moon,’ but we didn’t know what color the Moon would actually be. Here’s the Moon entering eclipse and fully in the Earth’s shadow (taken […]



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