Celebrate Astronomy Day at OMSI

On Saturday, August 5, OMSI will present a full day-into-night festival of all things celestial, with opportunities for starry-eyed guests to learn little-known facts about the universe, constellations, stars and planets. Representatives from local clubs and organizations will be on hand to answer questions, lead hands-on activities, and discuss space science until 4:00 p.m. Guests can also get a look at an inflatable life-sized model of the NASA Mars Rover, Curiosity.

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!

Calling All Makers!

OMSI is excited and proud to announce the inaugural Portland Mini Maker Faire at OMSI September 15 & 16. While it’s only a short eight weeks away we couldn’t wait any longer to show and celebrate the fabulous maker community we have here in Portland and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Plus, as us Oregonians know, the weather won’t hold out much longer before we’re back in rainy season so why not end the summer right?!

Triple Threat: OMSI Rescue Event, Film & Exhibit

Join us on Saturday, June 30 for a day focused on natural disasters and the men and women who risk their lives to help others in time of need. As part of OMSI’s grand finale to its 2012 Film Fest featuring the film Rescue, and in collaboration with its featured exhibit Nature Unleashed, the museum will hold a special day showcasing the work of men and women trained and devoted to helping others in times of need. See below for the all the details!

Under My Thumb

At the January OMSI After Dark, more than 40 people gave us their thumbprints (and their bacteria) to help grow a bacterial lawn. A bacterial lawn describes the appearance of bacterial colonies when all the individual colonies on a petri-dish merge together to form a field or mat of bacteria. What we hope to see is a patchwork of the different types of bacteria and fungi.
 
Here is a picture of ours in a large dish.

Join us for National Engineering Week!

The Foundation’s signature program, Engineers Week, celebrates the positive contributions engineers make to society and is a catalyst for outreach across the country to kids and adults alike. Engineers Week is part of many corporate and government cultures and is celebrated on every U.S. engineering college campus. During this week, OMSI will be featuring an engineering themed demo per day in the Vernier Technology Lab:

  • Jitterbugs
  • Wire Towers
  • Computer Guts
  • Snap Circuits
  • Scanning Electron Microscope 

Rock on at the Agate & Mineral Show this weekend!

This weekend marks the 61st year of the Agate & Mineral Show at OMSI. Presented by the Oregon Agate & Mineral Society (OAMS) visitors can enjoy a wide array of beautiful cabochons (cut, shaped, and polished rocks) including agate, jasper, and obsidian from the northwest. Special features include:

The Oregon State Seal made from a large variety of Oregon stones including the Sun Stone, the Oregon State gem.  

OMSI After Dark: Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

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OMSI After Dark: Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

Explore the chemical chirality of the edible crystals and powders found in your pantry. Sugar, now so common that it's a source of disease, was once so rare it was a precious spice.

Treat yourself to childfree, brain-building science fun at OMSI After Dark! Adults only.

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Perseid Meteor Shower Watch

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Perseid Meteor Shower Watch

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is getting ready for its largest star party of the year on Tuesday, August 12; the Perseid Meteor Shower Watch! Hundreds of star lovers from across the Pacific Northwest will be meeting at both Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park at 9:00 pm to watch and enjoy the wonder of these famous meteors.


Lunar Viewing

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Lunar Viewing

Because Earth's moon will be in a perfect position for viewing on Saturday, July 12, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers have organized free Star Parties at Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park starting at 9:00 pm. From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the moon, stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescopes. Viewing highlights include Saturn, Mars, the waning gibbous moon, several star clusters, and more!


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