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April 3, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

Venus remains high in the evening sky this month. Look in the west at dusk for the brightest thing there. Venus was at greatest elongation on March 24, meaning that Venus is as far from the Sun as it can possible get in our sky. What’s more, at this time of year the ecliptic—the apparent path […]

HMNS @ Home | Meet the Collections Team
April 2, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

HMNS staff working from home.  On what?  Science.  Naturally. As you may have seen on our social media pages, in the interest of the safety of both visitors and staff, the Houston Museum of Natural science has had to temporarily close its doors. So what is a Museum Collections Department to do during a time […]

HMNS is Here For You! Celebrating World Autism Awareness Day
April 1, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

In celebration of World Autism Day and Autism Awareness Month, we’re highlighting how super our visitors with Autism Spectrum Disorders are and sharing a few educational resources for you to explore! As a person who does not have Asperger’s or a related Autism Spectrum Disorder, it can be hard for me to imagine what it […]

HMNS Auction | Support Science Education
March 31, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

The exhibition halls are quiet. The parking garage is empty. Our butterflies continue to flutter around the Cockrell Butterfly Center. A few scattered staff members tend to our wildlife collection, our dinosaurs, and all of those precious gems and minerals.  You could say the museum is resting while the rest of the world fights this […]

Explore Nature and Become a Citizen Scientist with the iNaturalist App
March 30, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

Spring in Texas is an amazing time. The heat isn’t turned up to 11, the precipitation is questionably predictable and, for those few fortunate amongst us, the pollen coats everything you own. It is also a time when the wildflowers bloom, the critters start reemerging and the mosquitoes haven’t found us…yet. Because it IS getting […]

June bugs are back: What the heck are they?
March 26, 2020 · Be The First To Comment

Chances are if you have found yourself outside after dark in the past few weeks you have encountered a handful of June bugs on the ground. If you have children, they are no doubt collecting them for some sort of strange insect rodeo.  The good news is that they are harmless, that is unless they […]

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