Explore the science behind the shortest day of the year and take back sun activities you can do at home. We will only see the sun for about 5 hours today so let's explore it while it's out. Special events are free with membership or admission to The Imaginarium.
The Imaginarium is Alaska's only hands-on Science Discovery Center and is at 737 West 5th Avenue #G in
Anchorage, Alaska 99501-2129
Tel: 907-276-3179 , Fax: 907-258-4306 - www.imaginarium.org
The Imaginarium Science Center Hours:
The Imaginarium is open every day except New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, July 4th, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Call 907-276-3179 for more information. http://www.imaginarium.org/
Lawrence Hall of Science
Sun-Earth Day Sunday, March 20, 12 noon-3 p.m.
Sun-Earth Day is a national celebration of the Sun, the space around the Earth (geospace), and how all of it affects life on our planet. Harness your energy and the energy of the sun in a variety of activities, including Sunprints, sundials, and solar baking.
March 17, 2005:
On March 17th, the Voyager/Ulysses Team will host ~80 students from Eliot Middle School here in Altadena, CA. They will view the NASA Connect Broadcast "Ancient Observatories Timeless Knowledge", Learn about the Sun-Earth Connection and how to view the Sun safely. The students will work through an activity and have a question and answer period.
San Diego Astronomy Association
10 members from our club, San Diego Astronomy Association, set up both white light and H-alpha telescopes, one with an H-alpha video feed to a TV. We estimated over 2000 visitors to our telescopes over the 7 hours!! Here is the link to the pictures, you can click on the thumbnails to enlarge each picture.
Exploratorium: Ancient Observatory: Chichen Itza
Sunday, March 20, 2005: 1pm-4pm:
Beyond creating the awe-inspiring observatories in Chichen Itza, Mexico, the Mayan civilization made great advances in the realms of astronomy, mathematics, calendaring, art and architecture. Explore the culture and contributions of the ancient and contemporary Mayans. Discover the ancient art of Mayan hieroglyphics and learn how to decipher parts of the Mayan calendar. Take a chance at solving a simple Mayan math problem! Sip a cup of a fiery Mayan cacao-chili drink, forerunner of the modern hot chocolate. Zaazil ha, a San Rafael-based Mayan dance troupe, will perform a jarana, a traditional folkloric Mayan dance. Roving astronomers will be on hand to answer your most pressing astronomy questions. All activities will be accessible in Spanish and English. Free with Museum admission.
Time and location: 12:30-4:30 p.m.
NASA Educator Resource Center
310 Condon Hall, University of Washington Campus (for directions go to http://www.waspacegrant.org/about.html)
February 5, 2005
ANCIENT OBSERVATORIES, TIMELESS KNOWLEDGE
For teachers of grades 3-12
Are you ready to embark on a journey through time to investigate the mysteries of our nearest star? March 20, 2005 is NASA's Sun-Earth Day and the theme is Ancient Observatories, Timeless Knowledge. This workshop will focus on the educational materials in the Sun-Earth Day 2005 Kit, which includes many interesting activities for students, as well as posters, CDs, lithographs and a DVD. All participants will receive a Sun-Earth Kit to use in their classrooms.
Subject material will include the following:
Parts of the workshop will be "tracked", i.e. participants will get into groups according to the grade levels they teach (3-5, 6-8, 9-12) to try out appropriate activities. Links from the workshop materials to appropriate Grade Level Expectations will be provided.