Included in General Admission | The Earth Science Hall also houses the Paleo Lab, where staff and volunteers excavate real dinosaur and ancient Oregon fossils from plaster casts in a setting open to the public.
Included in General Admission | Discover the hair-raising effects of static electricity with the Van de Graff Generator and view some of the first phonographs ever made at the Physics Lab.
View spectacular demonstrations of unusual physics, including the vacuum chamber, the Van de Graaff generator and the Tesla coil. This lab is in a demonstration format, with volunteers called on to assist with the experiments.
Recommended for ages 8 and up. General Admission is not included in the price of the ticket.
Included in General Admission | The Watershed Lab allows visitors to create their own rivers; watch salmon develop from eggs to smolts; explore the microscopic world that supports us all, and see how we all fit into the region we call the Northwest.
X-Men: Apocalypse | 3D
Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-Men: Apocalypse.
Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.
"This is turning into the season of superheroes battling other superheroes, but X-Men: Apocalypse is the first one, so far, to do it right." Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
Duration: 136 mins. | Rating: PG-13
Oregon's Ancient Ocean
“Oregon's ancient ocean: the oldest vertebrate fossils from the Brisbois formation of eastern Oregon”
There were no dinosaurs in Oregon, but there were thallatosaurs.
Eric Metz (MS student, University of Alaska Museum) will present his research on the recently discovered 225 million year old fossils from the Brisbois formation of eastern Oregon. Nicknamed “Bernie”, these fossils are being excavated from their rock matrix in OMSI’s Paleontology Lab before they are sent to Alaska for study.
These are the oldest vertebrate fossils known in the state and belong to an enigmatic group of marine reptiles called thalattosaurs. The talk will focus on the geography of Oregon during the late Triassic, the near-shore environment these animals inhabited, and the morphology of the animals including its distinctive down-turned snout and other aquatic adaptations.
Image by Ken Kirkland in Dinosaurs and Other Mesozoic Reptiles of California of a similar thalattosaur
Venture on a spectacular journey through the most dramatic continent on earth: Africa. The story of this enchanted land is told through its relationship to water. Water crafts wild Africa, conjuring up life wherever it journeys… travelling above the plains on seasonal winds, cascading along raging rivers or sheltering coral cities.
Travel to fantastic places, meet amazing creatures and uncover the fascinating secrets of this amazing place. Learn how spectacular thermal geysers help turn thousands of flamingos pink, and create the perfect conditions for them to breed; why the heat beating down on waterless dunes in the Namib Desert forces a lizard to dance; and why it snows on the equator.
It’s an adventure where you will truly believe the real world is more extraordinary and awe-inspiring than any fiction.
Duration: 40 mins. | Rating: All Ages
Oregon Star Party 2016
Oregon Star Party 2016
Oregon Star Party’s planning committee is pleased to announce that the 29th annual Oregon Star Party will take place from August 2 through 7, 2016 at Indian Trail Spring in the Ochoco National Forest. Well known for its dark skies, Oregon Star Party is one of the largest annual star parties in the United States.
This year’s line-up of activities includes a variety of workshops, a fascinating round of speakers, and a mix of old and new activities. The food cart promises new food items, and ice will be offered for sale each day. The committee is pretty excited about this year's star party!
Oregon Star Party's mission is to provide attendees the opportunity to meet people who share an interest in astronomy, learn something new, reconnect with old friends and make new ones, and just plain have fun. We welcome and encourage families and amateur astronomers of all ages.
At Oregon Star Party, activities are not limited only to night sky viewing! Beginning Wednesday, there will be a daily variety of activities available for nearly all ages. We have an assortment of speakers whose subjects range from an astrophotography workshop to cosmology. Mentoring programs provide one-on-one time with a knowledgeable volunteer to assist beginners in learning their way through the night sky, develop skills with telescopes, or to solve a viewing problem. Daily activities are scheduled in the Youth Tent, along with a swap meet, telescope park and a Friday afternoon walkabout as well.
Online registration for Oregon Star Party 2016 has now closed. On-site registration will begin on August 2. Please remember that on-site registration accepts only check or cash. To speed up the on-site registration process at OSP, download and complete the registration form and bring it with you along with the appropriate fees.
For registration and other information, please visit http://oregonstarparty.org
We hope you'll join us at the 29th annual Oregon Star Party.
OMSI Band (Ages 0-6)
Included in General Admission | Please join us in the front of the hall to clap, sing, and dance to all your favorite tunes. The OMSI Band plays at 10:30AM on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month.
For ages 0-6
Edible Cinema: The Breakfast Club
Edible Cinema is a unique way to experience a film: through aroma, texture and taste. Perfect for food and film lovers alike, this quarterly series combines good food with the fun of movie night as expert chefs curate a bite-sized tasting menu tailored to specific moments in the film.
Join us for our inaugural event as we watch The Breakfast Club in a whole new way!
6:30PM | Doors open; guests arrive and will be greeted with a tray of numbered boxes
7:00PM | Introduction and event instructions
7:15PM | Movie: The Breakfast Club (Duration: 1 hr. 38 mins. | Rating: G)
ABOUT THE FILM
Five high school students from different walks of life endure a Saturday detention under a power-hungry principal (Paul Gleason). The disparate group includes rebel John (Judd Nelson), princess Claire (Molly Ringwald), outcast Allison (Ally Sheedy), brainy Brian (Anthony Michael Hall) and Andrew (Emilio Estevez), the jock. Each has a chance to tell his or her story, making the others see them a little differently -- and when the day ends, they question whether school will ever be the same.
Release date: February 15, 1985 (USA)
Director: John Hughes
In addition to the bite-sized tasting menu, the Empirical Cafe will be serving burritos, hotdogs, grilled cheese, and movie snacks, plus beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages.
All ages welcome.
Science Pub Portland: Fireflies
Silent Sparks: The Wondrous World of Fireflies
With Sara Lewis, PhD, Professor in the Department of Biology at Tufts University
Doors Open @ 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation
For centuries, their ethereal beauty has evoked wonder and delight. Yet for most of us, fireflies remain shrouded in mystery: How do these creatures make light? What are they saying with all their flashing? Are fireflies disappearing? In this talk, noted biologist and firefly expert Sara Lewis dives into the mysterious world of fireflies and reveals the most up-to-date discoveries about these charismatic insects. Join her journey from the meadows of New England and the hills of the Great Smoky Mountains, to the rivers of Japan and mangrove forests of Malaysia, to hear remarkable stories of firefly courtship and romance, poison and deceit.
Sara Lewis is a Professor of Biology at Tufts University who tries hard to stay susceptible to wonder. Over the past thirty years, her scientific research into the luminous lives of fireflies has revealed many intimate secrets of firefly sex and death. Author of 80+ scientific papers, Lewis has also given a TED talk and written numerous popular articles on fireflies. Her new book Silent Sparks: The Wondrous World of Fireflies (Princeton 2016) is a richly illustrated and passionate look at these beloved creatures, and a call to reconnect with the magic of the natural world.
Silent Sparks is a firefly love story, unveiling the hidden drama that lies beneath fireflies’ ethereal beauty. Telling the fascinating stories of birth, sexual attraction, and death among fireflies, noted firefly biologist Sara Lewis reveals the scientific saga of these marvelous insects, as well as the scientists who have dedicated their lives to understanding them.
Dinner and drinks will be available throughout the presentation. Please see the Mission Theater website for a dinner menu and venue information.
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Song List includes:
Don't Get Lost In Heaven
On Melancholy Hill
Tomorrow Comes Today
Fire Coming Out Of The Monkey's Head
Rock The House
Feel Good Inc.
Duration: TBA | Rating: All Ages