Comet of the Century

Ever since Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) became breaking news as the ‘comet of the century’ nearly a year ago, there has been plenty of speculation by the media on the current state of the comet.

25 Things You Didn't Know About OMSI: Part III

While there’s plenty to see and do at the museum, there’s a lot that people don’t know and never see. Whether it’s a program you didn’t know existed or a fun piece of OMSI history, there are many stories to tell!

I’d like to thank our resident curator, Lori Erickson, for her help in digging through the OMSI archives and collections room to uncover these hidden gems.

The Art of the Muppets 

Perseid Meteor Shower

Every year, the Earth passes through debris paths left by comets hurtling past the Sun. Tiny particles burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere. We see them as bright streaks across the night sky and name them “shooting stars,” intense streaks of light across the night sky, caused by small bits of interplanetary rock and debris called meteoroids. Traveling at thousands of miles an hour, meteoroids quickly ignite, searing in the atmosphere’s friction, 30 to 80 miles above the ground. Most are destroyed during entry; the rare few that survive and hit the ground are known as meteorites.

The Milky Way's Disappearing Act

Where is the Milky Way? At our mid northern latitudes during the month of May, the great band of stars known as the Milky Way simply vanishes from the evening sky.

The Mysterious Moon

Why do we only see one side of the moon?

What is it about the moon? Why does it only present one face? These questions are part of the most popular myth in astronomy. Whenever you take a look at the moon, you will always see the same side. Aside from its familiar phases, it looks as if the moon doesn't rotate! This is a difficult concept for many people to understand.

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