Topic: Out of this World

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

From our closest celestial neighbor to distant objects that orbit planets, moons are pretty interesting.  The more we learn about them the more interesting they become.  Scientists are constantly looking at various moons as future projects, but why? What's up with moons?...

Monday, December 2, 2013

For a long time humanity has relied on technology to help us understand more about the natural world.  For example, we can look up at the moon all we want, but without technology we would never see the detailed ridges on its surface or know what its dust is like.  Observations and...

Friday, November 22, 2013

Our collective knowledge is constantly evolving – from new discoveries on distant planets to inventions for the smallest cells in our bodies. Here at the Science Museum of Virginia, we have been busy questioning our world and keeping you up-to-date with the most current science stories...

Monday, November 18, 2013

Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon is a classic album with some great musical performances, but one slight issue, there's no such thing as a dark side of the moon. There's a near and far side, but neither of those sides is ever permanently dark. Synchronous rotation allows for us to see one side...

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Travel 12 billion years back in time to witness the creation of the universe. Embark on a journey through space and time to reveal the mysterious wonders of the cosmos with unprecedented clarity and brilliance. Soar through spectacular nebulae, feel the explosive impact of the death of a star and...
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Our beautiful starlit sky conceals cataclysmic forces at work within the universe. Catch a glimpse of the immense power of these enigmatic forces – from black holes to exploding stars. Examine a future encounter with a large asteroid that comes too close for comfort and consider the...
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Examine how our understanding of the skies has changed over time – from ancient civilizations to the late 20th century and beyond. Visit structures of the past that were influenced by astronomy and launch out of this world with Voyager 1 & 2! Use the Hubble Telescope to journey farther...
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Travel to a land where majestic remnants of a fascinating culture tower over the desert – Ancient Egypt. Explore the Egyptians’ connection to the sky and its influence on everything from architecture to religious beliefs. How was science used to tell time, make a calendar and align...
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For thousands of years, the night sky has inspired the imaginations of our legendary civilizations. Turn back the pages of time as you uncover Earth’s ancient wonders and investigate orbiting theories surrounding these marvels. Discover the influence of the cosmos and get a glimpse of some of...
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Unravel the secrets of the Sun! Examine the pivotal role it plays in the life of our solar system and the unimaginable power generated by this special star – from nuclear forces to mass ejections of solar material into space. Trace the Sun’s life cycle, going back to its origins and...
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