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Best View of Mars in a Decade

Mars, photo by NASA
During the last weeks of May and the first weeks of June, Mars will be bright and quite noticeable in the evening and early morning sky. In fact, this will likely be the best view you'll have of the planet in a decade! The last time Mars was this bright was during the the Martian opposition of November 2005.
 

Star Wars and NASA

NASA Star Wars

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now out on DVD Blu-Ray. NASA is celebrating with fun Star Wars-related videos and stories.

Evidence for a Ninth Planet

The six most distant objects in the solar system (magenta) all mysteriously align. Planet Nine, if it had 10 times Earth’s gravity and an anti-aligned orbit to these distant objects (orange), would explain these paths almost perfectly. (Image: Caltech)

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

You may have heard that there is evidence of a possible new ninth planet in our solar system, but what exactly does that mean? What evidence was found?

Five Planets Visible in the Morning Sky

Five planets visible in the night sky.

By Dr. Lisa Will, Resident Astronomer of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

For the first time in a decade, five planets are visible with the naked eye at the same time. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be together in the pre-dawn sky starting Wednesday, January 20, 2016.

Connect With NASA

Space: by NASA

There are a ton of ways you can connect with NASA—from taking spacey selfies to helping scientists search for black holes—and all you need to get started is an Internet connection!  

Not really into selfies? You’ll definitely start snapping breathtaking selfies by using the Spacecraft 3D augmented reality app! Select the target image and take your photo with the spacecraft of your choice. http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/apps/

The Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks December 13 and 14

Geminid Meteor Shower

By Dr. Lisa Will, Resident Astronomer of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

The peak of the Geminid meteor shower occurs this weekend on the nights of December 13 and 14. The Geminids are one of the most consistent meteor showers year after year. This year there will be no bright moon to compete with so the show should be particularly good.

Visiting the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center With Kids

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By Casey Makovich, Smart Destinations

Planning a San Diego vacation with the family and looking for some fun activities for you and the kids?

Make sure to visit the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. It’s a great place for kids to get interested in science. The museum’s interactive exhibits are designed to inspire curiosity and allow kids to learn scientific concepts through hands-on learning.

Check out some of the most popular exhibitions by age:

Spot the International Space Station in the Night Sky

The International Space Station
By Nathan Young
 
Over the next week and a half you'll have a couple good opportunties to see the International Space Station from San Diego as it's whizzes by overhead on its orbit of the Earth. 
 

Science Experiments With Candy

gummy bears

Halloween has come and gone, and there are bags of leftover candy to prove it. Once you’ve had your fill of the sweet stuff, you can have plenty of fun with the leftover Halloween candy with science experiments! From sorting games with young children to candy chromatography, there is plenty to do with leftover Halloween candy that doesn’t involve consuming all that sugar. An all-time favorite experiment is finding out what happens when you soak gummy candies in water and other liquids. It might be fun to measure and compare different brands and colors, too.

The Impossible Science Festival

Impossible Science Festival logo

Have you ever wondered if invisibility was scientifically possible? Have you wanted to walk on water? Or even explore levitation? You’ll be able to do it all at the Impossible Science Festival at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center on August 22 and 23!

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