At Powerhouse we are turning our eyes to the sky for the month of January. From exploring the gravitational pull of different objects, to our new Tot Planetarium show we have activities to intrigue explorers of all ages.
Be sure to mark your calendars for the Lunar Science weekend where we will dive into the science behind the full lunar eclipse occurring January 20-21 and offer tips for how to view all the action in the sky.
If you are a passionate sky-gazer we invite you to take your passion to the next level at our first Challenger Community Mission of 2019. Join a team that will work together to launch probes and study the two moons of Mars.
See you soon!
JANUARY 12 | SCIENCE STORYTIME | 11:00AM
Gravity keeps us objects on tables and us from floating away into space. Come learn more about this powerful force at Science Storytime where we will be reading Gravity, by Jason Chin. Afterwards, we will test the gravitational pull of different objects.
JANUARY 19 | TOT PLANETARIUM | 11:00AM
We’re excited to introduce a new planetarium show geared towards young sky watchers. Tot Planetarium will cover the basics of space travel, a view of the night’s sky, and the chance to touch a real meteorite! This show is open to visitors of all ages, but seats are limited and filled on a first come, first served basis.
JANUARY 19-21 | LUNAR SCIENCE WEEKEND
In honor of the total lunar eclipse on Jan 20th we are celebrating the moon all weekend! Come to Powerhouse to experience:
Moon-themed planetarium shows: Learn more about what happens in the sky during a lunar eclipse and get tips for viewing.
Design Lab: Construct a moving model of the earth, moon and sun to demonstrate how an eclipse happens, experiment with water and light to learn more about why the moon appears red during the lunar eclipse, examine the tools we use to study the moon, and take part in a demonstration about how moon craters are formed.
Lunar Station Build: Inside Expedition Science you can contribute to the group construction of a life-size lunar station. Help us determine how future space living will look, creative thinkers welcome!
JANUARY 25 | COMMUNITY CHALLENGER MISSION | 6:00PM-8:30PM
The year is 2076 and astronauts have occupied a research station on Mars for two years. YOU could be a part of a team that works together to bring a spacecraft in for a successful landing, and launch probes to study the two moons of Mars. Community Missions launch families, friends, and space enthusiasts on an exciting voyage of discovery where you can experience what it is like to work for NASA!
Simulated space missions are for ages 9 and up. All minors 17 and under must be accompanied by a paying, participating adult. One adult participant can supervise up to two paid minors. Space is limited and reservations are required to participate. Check-in and team selection starts at 6:00pm and the mission launches at 6:30pm. Register HERE
JANUARY 26 | CREATE AND TAKE: ROCKETS ON A STICK | 10:00AM-11:30AM
Examine photos of rockets from past and present. Make your own and watch it fly! Head to our Design Lab for this fun create & take activity.