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Join Exploratorium scientists Paul Doherty and Isabel Hawkins for a live webcast as they share information about the Rosetta Mission, which is due to be "woken up" on January 20th, 2014. Rosetta is a spacecraft en route to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, where it will make the most detailed study of a comet ever attempted.

Project: Rosetta Mission | Browse All

Date: January 18, 2014
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, General Science, Physics
Running Time:
00:03:14
Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya muses on her ephemeral outdoor creation for the Exploratorium—the Fog Bridge—explaining it as both an homage to San Francisco and a conversation with nature itself.

Project: Arts at the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: October 10, 2013
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Art
Running Time:
00:07:03
Southeast of San Francisco, on the way out to California's Central Valley, thousands of wind turbines dot the landscape of Altamont Pass. Mounted both in rows and individually, machines with large propellers catch the wind, turning round and round at different speeds. Learn how wind energy is generated and stored for use in this most peculiar area, and its impact on living things both near and far.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: September 12, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:02:00
Watch the beginning of Venus’s transit across the disk of the sun, one of the rarest astronomical events.

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

Date: June 5, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:02:00
Watch the conclusion of Venus’s 6.5-hour journey across the disk of the sun, one of the rarest astronomical events.

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

Date: June 5, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:06:27
Admit it: Hasn't the Godzilla inside you always wanted to grab the Golden Gate Bridge and shake it silly? Finally, you can. In honor of the iconic span's 75th birthday, Exploratorium exhibit developer Dave Fleming presents a dynamic model of the Golden Gate Bridge. What happens to the bridge during an earthquake? How about strong winds and heavy traffic? The model dances and wiggles realistically, displaying the same vibrational modes and motions that occur in the actual bridge.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: May 9, 2012
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:03:53
Senior Exploratorium Scientist, Paul Doherty demonstrates how you can make your own sun viewer. You can safely view sunspots, eclipses and transits with this equipment that you may have laying around the house! To learn more about the upcoming Transit of Venus visit: http://www.exploratorium.edu/venus/question3.html

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: February 16, 2012
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
02:50
The Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (http://sccoos.org/) gathers live data about winds, waves, surface currents, temperature, and water quality, and makes it available to everyone. In this piece, Oceanographer Art Miller tells us about this system, and about how America's Cup sailors can use this kind of data and modeling to improve their race performances. To access wind modeling data, visit: http://www.sccoos.org/data/observations/

Project: Exploratorium Science at America's Cup | Browse All

Date: November 25, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
04:53
How can a wind-powered sailboat move faster than the wind? Why do the America's Cup sails look like airplane wings? With the beginner in mind, Exploratorium senior scientist Paul Doherty introduces the basic physics of sailing and sail design.

Project: Exploratorium Science at America's Cup | Browse All

Date: November 18, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:03:05
This After Dark event presented a collection of objects, organizations, and activities use various alternative energy sources, and also looked at sustainably raised food.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: October 13, 2010
Format: Event
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): General Science