Hoping for good weather…

Partial Eclipse, Credit and Copyright: Fred Espenak

Partial Eclipse, Credit and Copyright: Fred Espenak

On October 23rd there will be a partial solar eclipse!  We will be outside the Science Dome with SAFE ways to view the eclipse from 1-4 pm.  Please do not try just looking at the sun.  Not enough of the sun will be blocked and you will hurt your eyes if you try.

Stop by the dome – rain or shine – and pick up a pair of eclipse glasses or sneak a peak at the sun through our solar filter equipped telescopes.  If the clouds trick us out of this special treat we will have a live stream of the eclipse from a sunny location.

We will also have 20 minute presentations by Steven Cagle in the dome at 1:15 pm, 2 pm and 3:45 pm * on everything you ever wanted to know about solar eclipses: when and why they happen, all of the different types and where you have to be to see them.  Best part… all of it is FREE!

*If it is cloudy we’ll repeat these presentations a little more frequently adding in additional times of 1:35, 2:30, 3:10.

Are you afraid of the dark?

On a dark night telescopes can reveal some downright spooky images.  Come to the Science Dome this weekend to find out what is lurking in the skies above us!  Josh Bero will be presenting “Dark Skies” on Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 3:15 pm.  This live talk will be followed by the video “Sea Monsters.

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Sea Monsters – Be transported to the Late Cretaceous, when a great inland sea divided North American in two.  This film follows a curious and adventurous dolichorhynchops as she travels through the most dangerous oceans in history.  Along the way, she encounters long-necked plesiosaurs, giant turtles, enormous fish, fierce sharks, and the most dangerous sea monsters of all, the mosasaur.  This film weaves together a series of paleontological digs from around the globe in a compelling story about scientists working to answer questions about this ancient and mysterious ocean world.  A film produced by Lisa Truitt and Jini Durr.

The Stellar Graveyard and Flying Monsters

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This week’s spook-tacular show is “The Stellar Graveyard” presented by Mark VanWart.  In this show we will explore the ghosts surrounding us in the sky as we meet stars in the afterlife.  We will see ghostly planetary nebulae, vampire stars, the still beating heart of a pulsar and unending black holes. This half hour talk will be followed by the video “Flying Monsters”.

Just as dinosaurs began their domination of Earth, pterosaurs ruled the prehistoric skies. Some with wingspans as long as a modern jet plane, these flying reptiles were as spectacular in appearance as they were amazing in flight.

Join world-renowned naturalist and documentary filmmaker David Attenborough as he recounts the fascinating story of how we humans first discovered that these creatures were real and how they were even able to get off the ground and indeed soar… until their sudden disappearance from Earth. A film produced by Anthony Geffen.

Friday October 10th @ 7 pm

Saturday October 11th @ 3:15 pm  

$3 per child 3-18.  $6 per adult. Cash only at the door.

Eventbrite - Stellar Graveyard with Video Flying Monsters

Lunar Eclipse Tonight!

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We’ve had a lot of excitement around the lunar eclipse that is happening tonight (or very early tomorrow morning if you prefer.)   The peak of the eclipse is at 3:55 am October 8, 2014.  So we have decided to offer a special Blood Moon program tonight for those who may have missed the presentations this past weekend.

The Science Dome program explaining what happens during a Lunar Eclipse aka a “Blood Moon” will be TONIGHT October 7th at 7 pm. It will be followed by the video Chasing the Ghost Particle.  Admission is $3 for children or Pierce College students and $6 for Adults.  Cash only at the door.

We will not be at the dome during the eclipse since it is so early in the morning but may have telescopes out after the show at about 8 pm to look at the full moon.

Spook-tober

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Soon the skies will be dark and rainy, a tell-tale sign of fall in the Pacific Northwest.   If you are looking for some indoor fun head on over to the Pierce College Science Dome this October where the skies are always clear!  You can catch a host of new programs, videos and even an eclipse (or two!) during the Spook-tober line up.

Astronomical Events not to miss!

  • Lunar Eclipse aka “Blood Mood” October 8th, 3:55 am (we will not host a viewing but you can learn all about it during the Blood Mood talk on October 3rd or 4th. See details below.)
  • Solar Eclipse, October 23rd.  Viewing outside the Science Dome 1-4 pm.  Maximum eclipse at 3:02 pm.  Weather permitting we will provide SAFE ways to view the solar eclipse.  If the weather tricks us out of our treat we will have a live stream video available.  20 minutes presentations in the Science Dome on all you could ever want to know about solar eclipses at 1:15 pm, 2 pm, 3:45 pm.  Free for all!

*New* Children’s Show: Haunted Night Sky

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Use your imagination to find creatures in the night sky, build a Frankenstein satellite, and take a tour of the Sea of Serpents on the Moon, the Witch’s Head Nebula and other spooky places in the Universe.  Approximate 45 minutes.  Best for kids under 12.  Cost $3 per child 3-12 years.  Adults free.  Saturdays October 4- November 1st 12:30 and 2 pm.

Blood Moon with video Chasing the Ghost Particle 

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Take a tour of our local night sky and learn how you can view this month’s total lunar eclipse aka the “Blood Moon”.  Find out what you can expect to see and why the moon will take on a “blood red” color.  Followed by the video Chasing the Ghost Particle – deep in the ice of Antarctica the world’s largest and strangest scientific detector waits for ghostly neutrinos, messengers from the cosmos.  1 hour.  $3 per child.  $6 per adult. October 3 @ 7 pm, October 4 @ 3:15 pm.

Stellar Graveyard with video Flying Monsters 

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Learn how stars die and their bizarre remnants: zombie stars, vampire stars and ghostly nebulae.  Followed by the video Flying Monsters – Flying monsters of the dinosaur age come back to life on the dome in this spectacular video.  Join narrator David Attenborough as he discovers the extraordinary pterosaurs. 1 hour.  $3 per child.  $6 per adult. October 10 @ 7 pm, October 11 @ 3:15 pm.

Dark Skies with video Sea Monsters 

On a dark and cloudless night telescopes can reveal some downright spooky images.  Explore some of the most spine-chilling yet beautiful places in this tour of our universe. Followed by the video Sea Monsters – Become immersed in the underwater world of the dinosaur age!  A chance fossil discovery leads you on an adventure through the most dangerous ocean in history. 1 hour.  $3 per child.  $6 per adult. October 17 @ 7 pm, October 18 @ 3:15 pm

Astronomical Doomsday with video Experience the Aurora

Comet Collisions, Solar Storms, Planetary Alignments – will these bring about an astronomical doomsday?  Find out what doomsday scenarios are bunk and which are a little bit scarier.  Followed by the video Experience the Aurora – join a photography team as they journey to the Arctic Circle and capture timelapse fulldome video of the Aurora. 1 hour.  $3 per child.  $6 per adult. October 24 @ 7 pm, October 25 @ 3:15 pm.

Dark Skies with video Flying Monsters 

On a dark and cloudless night telescopes can reveal some downright spooky images.  Explore some of the most spine-chilling yet beautiful places in this tour of our universe. Followed by the video Flying Monsters – Flying monsters of the dinosaur age come back to life on the dome in this spectacular video.  Join narrator David Attenborough as he discovers the extraordinary pterosaurs. 1 hour.  $3 per child.  $6 per adult. October 31 @ 7 pm, November 1 @ 3:15 pm.

Lakewood MakerFest 2014

Stop by the Science Dome this weekend for the 2nd Annual Lakewood MakerFest.  MakerFest is a collaboration between Pierce County Library System, City of Lakewood, Lakewood Computer Clubhouse and Pierce College.

MakerFest, Aug. 9th

@ Pierce College Science Dome and Rainier Building

MakerFest is a free all-ages event. Meet the local makers, be inspired by their projects, creations and inventions, and catch the making bug.

  • All Free
  • Fun for all ages!
  • Dome Schedule (free, no reservation necessary)
    • 1:15pm – Sol to Elhaz: The Making of a Solar System – Katie Iadanza, Pierce College
    • 2:00pm – Introduction to 3D printing – Terri May, Pierce County Library System
    • 2:30 – Back to the Moon For Good (video)
    • 3:00pm – Coder Dojo and Teen Summer Challenge at the Library – Elise Doney, Pierce County Library System
    • 3:30pm – Sol to Elhaz: The Making of a Solar System – Katie Iadanza, Pierce College
    • 4:15pm – Back to the Moon For Good (video)

http://lakewoodmakerfest.org/

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Astronomy Fair 2014

August 2nd
@ Pierce College Science Dome and Rainier Building
Hosted by the Tacoma Astronomical Society

Science Dome Shows:

  • Children’s Show – Planetary Explorers 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm
  • All Ages Show – Chasing the Ghost Particle 3:15 pm
  • Cash only at the door OR Purchase online 

Free Activities:
noon – 5 pm

  • Stomp Rockets
  • Solar Viewing
  • Comet Making
  • Classroom Presentations
  • and more!

9 pm – Telescope Viewing (weather permitting)

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Lakewood MakerFest

The Lakewood MakerFest is just two and a half weeks away.  Register now to showcase your project or mark your calendars to come and see the great things others have made.

From the Lakewood MakerFest website: http://lakewoodmakerfest.org/

Register to showcase your project

Celebrate all things made by you during the second annual Lakewood MakerFest from 1-5 p.m. on Aug. 9 at Pierce College.

MakerFest is a free all-ages event. Register as a maker to display your project, or attend this year’s event as a visitor. Meet the makers, be inspired by their projects, creations and inventions, and catch the making bug.

Suggested categories include alternative energy, art, data collection, electronics & technology, gaming, mechanical things, photo, practical ideas, robotics, sewing, sculpture and video. Don’t see your category on the list? That’s okay! If you can make it, you can bring it.

The event will be held in the Rainier Building at Pierce College’s Fort Steilacoom campus, 9401 Farwest Drive S.W., Lakewood.This free event is sponsored by Pierce County Library SystemCity of LakewoodLakewood Computer Clubhouse and Pierce College.

2nd Annual Science Fact or Science Fiction?

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Saturday, June 7, noon-3:30 pm

  • Free and open to everyone!
  • Learn about the science behind science fiction
  • Hands-on science demonstrations
  • Free screening of Space Junk  (reserve seats in advance) @ 12 pm, 12:50 pm, 1:40 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:20 pm

Space Junk: Have you ever wondered what happens to all of that stuff that we sent up into space when we don’t want it or it doesn’t work any more?  Space Junk takes a look at how crowded our inner space has become and what dangers it poses to current satellites and future human space flight.

Eventbrite - Science Fact or Science Fiction: Premier of Space Junk (FREE)

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Earth Day Special!

Join us for a free viewing of Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth’s Climate Engine and the short Losing the Dark.  April 22nd, Earth Day at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm.  No reservations, first come – first seated.DynamicEarthLosingTheDark