On Tuesday February 12, 2013 we held an ignite event in the science dome. Nine faculty came together to give 5 minute presentations that consisted of 20 slides each auto advancing every 15 seconds. It was definitely a fun face-paced, enlightening event. Check out the video below.
Join us on February 11th from 9:30 – 10:30 am to watch the 8th Landsat satellite launch!
- Learn about Landsat!
- Watch the Launch live on the Dome!
- See some of Landsat’s “Greatest Hits”
What is Landsat?
The Landsat Program is a series of Earth-observing satellite missions jointly managed by NASA and the USGS. Landsat satellites have been consistently gathering data about our planet since 1972. They continue to improve and expand this unparalleled record of Earth’s changing landscapes for the benefit of all. The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) will become the 8th satellite in the Landsat series and is launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California on February 11th 2013.
For more information on Landsat visit www.nasa.gov/landsat .
We are getting excited for the grand opening this Saturday January 19th, 11 am-4:30 pm!
If you are feeling bummed that you didn’t get seats to one of the shows on Saturday stop by and put your name on the waiting list. See that floor space up in front? We have some cushions to make that some of the best “seats” in the house and they aren’t reserved! So we’ll have room for a few more on Saturday.
In addition to Dome shows we have plenty to do! The Tacoma Astronomical Society will have hourly presentations on Black Holes and the Apollo Missions to the Moon. You can “taste” a comet, make your hair stand on end, extract DNA and much more at the hands-on exploration stations. Watch a Chemistry Demo show and learn how to make the best science fair project. Our Dental Hygiene Clinic will be there too providing free screenings and the Lakewood Computer Clubhouse will have robots to show off!
Can’t make it Saturday? Check out our Public Shows.
Our Winter public show schedule has been announced. Check out Shows for more information. Starting Wednesday January 23rd.
General Audience ShowsWednesdays 7 pm Saturdays 3:15 pm 1 hour
Three Rotating Shows:
- Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope
- IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System
- Wonders of the Universe
Children’s ShowsSaturday’s 2 pm 45 minutes
Prices$6 per adult $3 per youth (3-18 yrs) $3 per Pierce College student
- January 19, 2013
- 11 AM – 4:30 PM
Join us for a fun filled day to celebrate the Science Dome’s Grand Opening! See a show in the brand new dome, participate in hands-on exploration stations and watch live science demonstrations. This event is FREE and open to all ages!
Schedule for the day:
11-11:30 am – Ribbon cutting ceremony
11:30-4:30 pm – Hands on Exploration stations
11:30-4:30 pm – Science Dome shows (Reserve seats now!):
- Planetary Explorers – A Preschool Expedition More information
- Mars: 4th Rock from the Sun More information
12:50 pm AND 3:00 pm – Chemistry Demo show
Calling all educators!
- Wednesday December 12th 2012
- 4 – 6 PM
The Science Dome was built to be a community resource and we would love to partner with educators of all levels in the area. We invite you to stop by, see a demo of the Science Dome’s capabilities, learn what we have to offer and let us know what would be useful for your students.
Don’t let the name fool you. The Science Dome can be used for much more than science! Use the dome for: Architecture, Art, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Digital Design, Drama, Earth Science, Geography, Math, Music Recitals, Storytelling and much more!
If you can’t make it to the open house but are interested in what the science dome has to offer drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you.
It’s here folks!
The Pierce College Science Dome is complete… and it is amazing.
A huge 38-foot dome with programmable cove lights…
58 amazingly comfortable seats…
and breathtaking images. Who could ask for anything more?
Oh yeah, a sound system that will knock your socks off, full dome videos, high resolution planetary surfaces, science on a sphere and a whole lot more.
Educator Open House December 12th 4-6 pm
Grand opening January 19th, 2013 11 am-4:30 pm
The crew arrived to install the domed ceiling last week and are quickly making progress! The frame and some of the panels are already up.
The domed ceiling will act as a giant screen for the Science Dome where anything from the night sky to a DNA helix will be projected. Although the dome might seem like it takes center stage it will actually fade away for visitors providing a naturally immersive 3D experience. The dome is 38 feet across and tilted at a 10 degree angle, dropping down near the front to provide a realistic virtual environment.
Thanks to everyone who made it out to see the Venus Transit! There were well over 1000 people – luckily spread out over the 6 hours- who stopped by to catch this rare event! We had a patch of beautiful blue skies the whole transit with just intermittent clouds.
If you were lucky enough to be there right at the beginning of the transit we were able to see the famous ring around Venus from light refracting through Venus’ atmosphere. Several groups of sunspots were also visible on the sun surface.
Thanks to some great astronomy students for making solar filters, solar funnels and telescope projectors, there were lots of great ways to see the transit! Tacoma Astronomical Society members also dropped by with some bigger telescopes and H-alpha filters.
Come and experience the 2012 Venus Transit at Pierce College! This rare astronomical event won’t happen again for 105 years so it is your last chance to see it. Venus will pass directly between us and the sun and create a mini-eclipse. Astronomy students will be outside the Rainier building with telescopes and projection equipment so that you can safely view the event from 3-9pm and there will be public lectures on the historical and astronomical significance at 4pm, 6pm and 8pm in Rainier 361.
Bring the family! Learn about how to view the sun safely and let the kids make pin hole cameras.
Rain or Shine! We won’t let the weather get in the way. If it is cloudy you’ll still be able to see the transit via a live video stream inside.
All events will be outside or inside the Rainier building. Everything is completely FREE!