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!


Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing

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Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing

A partial solar eclipse occurs in the polar regions of the Earth when the center of the Moon's shadow misses the Earth. OMSI and Rose City Astronomers Club will host a partial solar eclipse viewing party at the east parking lot of OMSI on Thursday, October 23. The free event will begin at 1:30 pm and end at 4:30 pm. Filtered solar telescopes will be available for safe viewing of the Sun.


Planet Parade

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Planet Parade

(4/19) Based on the forecast of mostly cloudy sky for both Stub and Rooster, tonight’s OMSI Star Party is cancelled. With the unsettling conditions, the viewing varies between some breaks to poor. Have good weekend! Jim Todd http://cleardarksky.com/c/RstrRkSPORkey.html?1 http://cleardarksky.com/c/StbStwSPORkey.html?1

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