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Foucault Pendulum

Come to Energy Day for a fun look into the future (and for funnel cake)!
October 15, 2015 · Be The First To Comment

What do funnel cakes and energy have in common? That’s not a question most people ask. Thankfully there’s an easy answer and that’s Houston’s Energy Day this Saturday, Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.! Houston’s Energy Day is the largest free family festival focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), and they also have funnel […]

Legend of the Peg Elves: Boy Scout Overnights offer a glimpse into museum folklore
September 30, 2015 · Be The First To Comment

The lights in the Morian Hall of Paleontology brighten and illuminate the Tyrannosaurus rex. The immersive soundscape in The Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife comes to life. The periodic table powers on in the Welch Hall of Chemistry. And the peg elves emerge. That’s right. As the museum gears up for another day of exploring, […]

Google gets it. Celebrate Léon Foucault’s 194th birthday by sharing your swinging HMNS memories!
September 18, 2013 · Be The First To Comment

If you’ve yet Googled today, you may have noticed a lovely homage to Léon Foucault, the famous French physicist best known for inventing the Foucault pendulum (that ever-popular swingy thing at HMNS). The Foucault Pendulum has long been one of the most memorable areas of the Museum, even if some people (this girl) lack the […]

A Short Biography of the Foucault Pendulum.
November 30, 2011 · 4 Comments

When you walk into the Wiess Energy Hall, the very first thing you see is our Foucault pendulum. It is a metal ball suspended by a cable that swings back and forth encircled by pegs. Children and adults will run through the rest of the museum, reach the pendulum, and wait with baited breath to […]



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