At Home With the Stars

As a boy, I fell hard for almost anything space.  My whole allowance went towards buying LEGO bricks so I could build ever bigger space stations.  On visits to the Miami Museum of Science, I’d hunch over in the darkness of the space gallery like a caveman, reading and rereading every information panel about the …

Movie Monday: Black Hole Apocalypse

Happy Memorial Day! Thank you for joining us again for Movie Monday. Today we are excited to share the two hour NOVA special Black Hole Apocalypse. Black holes are holes in the fabric of the universe where gravity is so powerful not even light can escape. Once believed to be the stuff of science fiction, …

Movie Monday: The Search For Life In Space

Narrated by Malcolm McDowell  If you’re like me you’ve spent a lot of time thinking about one thing lately. Aliens. Where are they, how long have they been here, and who has already been replaced by shapeshifting invaders? This Movie Monday, join us in the Netflix Queue for The Search For Life In Space. The …

Science Behind Science Fiction: The Physics of Star Wars

Ahhh, Star Wars, arguably one of the most popular movie franchises in history. Even if you are among the three or so people on the planet who have never seen a Star Wars film, you probably still know who Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, or Han Solo are. Who didn’t love seeing the Millenium Falcon jump …

Your Very First Stargazing Trip

When we’re asked to make observations of nature, sometimes it feels like a quiz.  What am I supposed to be seeing?  If you go out stargazing, you might be pressured to find and name all the constellations, and recognizing constellations can feel equivalent to saying “I see a kangaroo in the clouds!”  I’ll admit—I don’t …

Virtual Field Trip: NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

The Apollo moon landing.  The Hubble Space Telescope.  The Curiosity Rover. For over 60 years, NASA has been behind some of the most iconic feats of engineering in modern history, making it one of our nation’s most cherished institutions.  At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida, exhibits tell the story of NASA’s successes …

I’m Not a Scientist, Why Should I Care About Science?

Science can feel exclusive – reserved only for those with the highest degrees and the most laboratory hours. But it shouldn’t feel this way. Science is at the very core of what makes us human. It is a desire to explore and understand everything around us. Science is a curiosity-driven, awe-inspiring yearning to know. You …

A Human’s Place in Space

The question is as old as the space program itself: what is the point of sending humans into space? Not everyone has been an enthusiastic supporter of manned spaceflight. Speaking about the Apollo moon program, two-time Nobel prize-winning chemist Linus Pauling had this to say: “It is a pitiful demonstration…For the same investment, it would …