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00:03:15
Join Dr. Russell Schnell, the director of the Global Monitoring Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as he talks about what it takes to monitor climate change.

Project: The Rarest Eclipse: Transit of Venus | Browse All

Date: June 4, 2012
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology, General Science, Chemistry
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00:04:20
Learn about NOAA’s Mauna Loa Observatory on the Big Island of Hawaii, the location of the Exploratorium’s June 5, 2012, webcast of the transit of Venus. A leading atmospheric research facility, the observatory has been collecting and monitoring data relating to atmospheric change since the 1950s. Dr John Barnes, the Station Chief for the observatory, describes the functions of the MLO, which provides valuable long-term and continuous recording of data.

Project: The Rarest Eclipse: Transit of Venus | Browse All

Date: June 1, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:03:16
Dr. John Barnes, Station Manager of NOAA's Mauna Loa Observatory, shares the history of Charles Keeling's pioneering carbon dioxide measurements, which have been taken continually at Mauna Loa since 1958.

Project: The Rarest Eclipse: Transit of Venus | Browse All

Date: June 1, 2012
Format: Interview
Category: History of Science
Subject(s): General Science
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00:07:05
Framing of the Exploratorium's Observatory Building, the only completely new construction at at the piers, began in April 2011. Iron workers placed various sizes of steel beams in piles around the concrete base of the Observatory. Then, while a crane raised and held each beam aloft, the workers used metal spikes to line up the holes of the beams and inserted bolts, tightening them down to tie the structure together. Because the Observatory Building is less than two stories tall, the iron workers were allowed to shimmy across the beams without harnesses. Once this process was finished, the beams were plumbed and welded together.

Project: Exploratorium at the Piers | Browse All

Date: July 14, 2011
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:01:33
Construction of the Observatory at Piers 15 & 17 from April 12th through April 27th of 2011. Images courtesy of Nibbi Construction. Music by Wayne Grim.

Project: Exploratorium at the Piers | Browse All

Date: June 17, 2011
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): engineering
Running Time:
00:33:08
Is water ice present or absent in a crater near the moon's south pole? NASA’s Lunar CRater Observing and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission is seeking a definitive answer. Join Exploratorium staff for a special Webcast featuring live coverage of LCROSS crashing into the moon! Our team will be broadcasting live from the 36" Refractor Telescope at Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton, where we’ll watch the impact and investigate how this intentional crash could reveal the existence of water ice.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: October 9, 2009
Format: Lecture
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, Physics
Running Time:
00:10:47
We tour the NOAA Atmospheric Research Observatory at the South Pole where scientists are monitoring carbon dioxide levels, CFCs, solar radiation, and the ozone hole.

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: December 30, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science, Astronomy/Space Science, Life Science/Biology
Running Time:
00:02:08
Shots of the Barrow Environmental Observatory in Barrow, Alaska.

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: August 28, 2007
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science
Running Time:
00:01:36
B-Roll for playback during webcast, "Tundra and Climate Change with Steve Hastings," on 5/24/08. Footage includes shots of data gathering, facilities and landscape at the Barrow Environmental Observatory.

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: August 28, 2007
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
05:12:09
On November 8, 2006, Mercury slowly slid across the face of the sun during a relatively rare event known as a transit. The Exploratorium's Live@ crew was at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona to cover the event. This webcast includes a brief history of Kitt Peak and its 21 telescopes.

Project: Transit of Mercury | Browse All

Date: November 8, 2006
Format: Expedition
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Astronomy