Many of us who live near the coast are familiar with the ebb and flow of the tides. But at certain times of the year, we're treated to—and sometimes terrorized by—extra-high and -low tides called "king tides." What causes these extraordinarily large tides? Spoiler alert: they're caused by the alignment of the moon and sun. Tune in to find out more and see some dramatic king tides near the Exploratorium.
Open your eyes to the physics of natural phenomena with Exploratorium scientist Ron Hipschman. In Full-Spectrum Science Shorts, surprising visuals, real-time and recorded experiments, and intriguing objects illuminate wide-ranging presentations on topics such as color, time, fireworks, science fiction, and the universe. Each program is focused for general or adult audiences, and conversation is encouraged to help everyone find the same wavelength.