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.

I Feel the Earth Move...

Living in the pacific northwest gives us some familiarity with earthquakes. You've probably felt one or two right? But what about those large and disastrous quakes, like the one that hit Japan a couple years ago, or the one that created the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004? We're lucky that most quakes in Oregon are fairly small-scale. California bears the brunt of earthquake-related damage on the west coast and even the Seattle region gets hit more often than Portland.

Plastics at SEA: Part I

On October 3, 2012 OMSI Educator Emilee Monson embarked on a ocean-bound trip along with 37 other scientists, teachers, students, and sailors. The Plastics at SEA: North Pacific Expedition was a scientific research study conducted by Sea Education Association (SEA) and dedicated to studying the effects of plastic marine debris in the ocean ecosystem. The expedition also aimed to provide updates of floating plastic concentrations in the region known as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch".

From Sci-fi to Science

Traveling through space using warp drive has been a fascination since the late 60’s with the advent of Star Trek. News last month about the feasibility of warp drive captivated trekkies and physicists alike. I have always admired Gene Roddenberry who created the Star Trek TV series in 1966. Not only did he produce and advise on the Star Trek shows and movies, he was also highly regarded as a futurist.

Death from the Skies! With “Bad Astronomer” Dr. Phil Plait

“The Universe is trying to kill you. It’s nothing personal. It’s trying to kill everybody.” So begins the book Death From the Skies!, the subject of a very special Science Pub being held at the Bagdad Theater on Wednesday, August 1, featuring Dr. Phil Plait, a.k.a. the “Bad Astronomer”. Plait is well known for his books, his blog, and his TV show Bad Universe that was featured on the Discovery Channel. He is also an enthusiastic supporter of making science education fun, which is what OMSI and Science Pub is all about!

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