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Fill in the Blanks with Accessibility Programs Manager Matti Hammett
March 5, 2021 · Be The First To Comment

Everyone on staff at the Houston Museum of the Natural Science is dedicated to making sure that every inch of the museum is accessible to each patron that comes through our doors. One of those people whose job revolves around this is Accessibility Programs Manager Matti Hammett. Hammett has been on the HMNS team in […]

Daylight Saving Time Springs Forward | March 2021 Sky Happenings
March 2, 2021 · Be The First To Comment

Mars continues to fade a little bit each night now that Earth has overtaken it and is pulling away. However, it fades out gradually; Mars remains almost as bright as the stars around it in March 2021. And Mars is high in the west–well placed for observing right as night falls.  Jupiter and  Saturn are the morning sky […]

Artifacts from the Historic POMPEII Eruption have Arrived in Houston
February 12, 2021 · Be The First To Comment

For centuries, the story of what happened to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii has captivated the world. The city lost and buried by the ash and volcanic debris of Mount Vesuvius remains a testament to nature’s fury, a tragic time capsule of life some 2,000 years ago. Opening to the public at the Houston […]

Mars Remains Brighter Than the Stars | February 2021 Sky Happenings
February 3, 2021 · Be The First To Comment

Mars continues to fade a little bit each night now that Earth has overtaken it and is pulling away. However, it fades out gradually; Mars remains brighter than the stars around it in February 2021. And Mars is high in the southwest–well placed for observing right as night falls.  Jupiter and  Saturn emerge slowly from the Sun’s […]

2020 Science Recap: The Non-COVID Edition
January 29, 2021 · Be The First To Comment

Whether you optimistically jumped into the new year or took small baby steps, we can all agree that last year was one for the books. Not only did 2020 became synonymous with adversity, disappointment, and frustration, but we were inundated by dismal news for so long that we probably forgot there was any other kind. […]

From the Curator | Old Beads Get New Lease of Life
January 19, 2021 · 3 Comments

Most of the museum’s Egyptian collections are on display in the Hall of Ancient Egypt,  supplemented by loans from other institutions. What is kept in our object storage is generally material that’s not so exciting, well preserved, or important. For a long time, though, there was an exception: this mound of loose beads. Made of […]

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How to Use the HMNS Sundial

James G Wooten · March 4, 2021, 2:37 pm

The date, which we provide on the plaque explaining the sundial, is September 22, 1989. As it happens, that was the autumnal equinox that year.

Richard Dowling, The Battle of Sabine Pass, and The Davis Guards Medal

Ezra Charles · February 25, 2021, 3:31 pm

Growing up in Beaumont, I many times visited the small park near downtown that contained a monument to Dick Dowling and the victory at Sabine Pass. Most remarkable was the "walking beam" removed from the captured Union vessel CLIFTON on display in the park. It was a black iron, diamond-shaped object about ten feet long and five feet high that was an integral part of the propulsion system of steam vessels of that era. One end of the device would be connected to the vertical piston of the steam engine, while the other end would connect to the crank powering the side wheel paddles. The rocking motion of this beam would turn the crank to rotate the paddles. The city school system also paid tribute with the Dick Dowling Junior High School, one of four intermediate schools named for Texas heroes (Austin, Bowie, Crockett.)


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