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Cities are known to produce a lot of light pollution, making it a challenge for astronomy enthusiasts to view the heavens within city limits. For us in the SF Bay Area, these issues apply, however, exciting results can still be attained between sky gazing and learning about how we all fit into this big thing we call "space". Urban Astronomer Paul Salazar, The Exploratorium's very own Adam Esposito and more demonstrate how to deal with the parameters and the unforgettable experiences that await with simple to no equipment, the right conditions, and some decent timing.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: March 12, 2014
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:28:54
Sound artists Shane A. Myrbeck and Emily Shisko elaborate on their thought process behind their interactive sound installation, Fathom: Self-Assembling Music. This art work was presented in the Exploratorium's Kanbar Forum in 2013 and into 2014.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: February 25, 2014
Format: Lecture
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Art
Running Time:
00:30:00
In February 2013, Curiosity drilled into a rock called "John Klein" and then analyzed the sample material with its on-board scientific instruments. On March 12, NASA announced that the analyses show conditions on Mars were once favorable for life! Join us to learn more about this breakthrough discovery.

Project: Return to Mars | Browse All

Date: March 22, 2013
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): astronomy/Space Science, General Science
Running Time:
00:03:27
Join the Exploratorium crew on our trip to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) in Pasadena, California, to learn more about the Mars Science Laboratory mission and the Curiosity rover.

Project: Return to Mars | Browse All

Date: July 31, 2012
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
16:54:00
Exploratorium composer Wayne Grim used the video of the transit to create a sound composition in real time. As the video signal was received by Wayne's computer, a program he wrote converted the signal into a unique aural experience. http://www.waynegrim.com

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

Date: June 12, 2012
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art Astronomy
Running Time:
00:38:30
The Cassini spacecraft continues to orbit Saturn, sending back astonishing images of the ringed planet and its moons. Join us as we look at the latest images and do some hands-on activities to help us understand.

Project: Saturn: Jewel of the Solar System | Browse All

Date: May 12, 2007
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:45:13
A year and a half after entering Saturn's orbit, the Cassini spacecraft continued to gather exciting new information. Dr. Paul Doherty and Dr. Eric Weygren bring us up to date on the Cassini Mission and show stunning images of Saturn and its ever-growing assortment of moons.

Project: Saturn: Jewel of the Solar System | Browse All

Date: January 7, 2006
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:48:40
Searching for extraterrestrial life: is it telephoning aliens or really complicated math equations? Join Senior Scientist Paul Doherty, NASA Ames planetary Scientist Eric Wegryn, and SETI's Senior Scientist Seth Shostak as they explore how to find planets that could support life. How many of these planets are there? How did we find them? When will we know for sure?

Project: SETI | Browse All

Date: December 10, 2005
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
0:40:48
On the occasion of Hubble's 15th birthday we unveil two spectacular mosaic images from the telescope, discuss the amazing accomplishments of Hubble during the past 15 years, and look at some of the images from space.

Project: Origins: Hubble | Browse All

Date: April 26, 2005
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:28:53
Paul Doherty and Ron Hipschman discuss the clouds and atmosphere of Saturn. Learn how to make a cloud in your kitchen or an atmosphere in a soda bottle!

Project: Saturn: Jewel of the Solar System | Browse All

Date: October 15, 2004
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science