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April’s shooting stars!

A shot of the 2012 Lyrid meteor shower as it peaked in the skies over Earth.

The Lyrid meteor shower, which is one of the oldest meteor showers, occurs every April when the Earth crosses the orbital path of the Comet Thatcher. Tiny bits of ice and dust from this comet hit the Earth’s atmosphere, causing a streak of light across the sky—a meteor!

The Lyrids are known for uncommon surges that can sometimes bring the rate up to 100 per hour. Those rare outbursts are not easy to predict, but they’re one of the reasons the tantalizing Lyrids are worth checking out.

Launch Delay for the James Webb Space Telescope

By Dr. Lisa Will, Fleet Science Center's Resident Astronomer

 

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has long been described as the “successor” to the Hubble Space Telescope. Because Hubble won’t last forever, JWST has been designed to push beyond the boundaries of what we’ve learned from Hubble and is planned for launch before Hubble loses functionality .

 

It takes more than luck ...

Did you know that only one out of 10,000 clovers has four leaves? This might make your St. Patrick’s Day hunt a bit harder than you think. Let us help you find your “lucky” four-leafed clover … with science!

 

First, you need to find the perfect place. You can find approximately 200 clovers in a plot of clover-growing grass or field that spreads about one-square foot. This means that a space of about 12-square feet should contain a four-leaf clover.

 

Remembering Stephen Hawking

by Brianne Brown

"Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change." –Stephen Hawking

March 14th is generally a celebration of all things math and science. One of science’s most recognizable figures is Albert Einstein, whose birthday is celebrated alongside Pi Day (3.14—the numerical equivalent of pi). But while STEM enthusiasts have cause for celebration today, so too do we mourn the loss of Dr. Stephen Hawking, who died early Wednesday morning at the age of 76.

The Moment of Truth

By Jackie Valentine

Just a few weeks ago, the Fleet hosted our second Paper Airplane Day in the theater lobby. Participants mixed aerodynamics with origami techniques to construct a properly balanced plane. The planes had to be the right size and shape to generate enough lift to fly. No cuts or tape were allowed. Drawing on the templates of the current paper airplane distance world record holder, we explored sophisticated “nose locking” folds that helped keep the nose end components of the plane together during flight.

A Month Without a Full Moon

By Dr. Lisa Will, Resident Astronomer at the Fleet Science Center. 

 

Do you feel like something has been missing this month? If you’ve been watching the sky closely, you may have noticed you haven’t seen a full moon in February—and you won’t! Why is that?

First Date: A Fleet Love Story

The Fleet has members throughout the United States. But Dr. Stephen Skaper and his wife, Dr. Laura Facci, are our only international members. While living in San Diego, Stephen joined the Fleet the year we opened, and over the past 45 years, he and Laura have supported us while they lived here, then in England and now in Italy, where they are semi-retired.

From Hawaii With Love!

 Membership is the perfect gift for family and friends!

Meet two of the Fleet Science Center’s most loyal supporters! Mitch Pflugh and Will Pflugh are two of the Fleet’s most loyal friends—going back to the 1980s! Mitch is a former board trustee and Will oversaw the construction of the Fleet’s building expansion in the late 1990s. Even though they moved to Hawaii, they haven't forgotten how much they enjoyed visiting the Fleet.

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