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As Father's Day approaches - and with it, long green days outdoors - here's a “card” that your child can make to last for years and years. Using a few simple materials from your local craft store, you can create an artistic garden stepping stone that shows your appreciation for Dad.

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What You Need:

  1. 1 5-lb. bag of dry cement, available in craft or hardware stores
  2. 1 cement mold (you can find plastic ones in many shapes at a craft store, or just use a sturdy corrugated cardboard base from a large pizza box, reinforced at the seams with a little duct tape!)
  3. Wooden paint stick for stirring
  4. Plastic bucket
  5. Chopstick or bamboo skewer for marking words in concrete
  6. Broken tile and/or round colored glass pieces (available at craft stores or, if you ask, at hardware or tile stores)

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On June 1, this year’s second partial solar eclipse overcame the midnight sky over the Arctic Circle. Also visible from parts of Alaska and Canada, the eclipse began at sunrise in Siberia and northern China at 19:25 UT, ending about 3.5 hours later north of Newfoundland in the Atlantic Ocean. Another partial solar eclipse is set to grace a small area in the Antarctic Ocean on July 1. A fourth and final partial solar eclipse will also occur November 25 over the southern land of midnight sun.

According to dictionary.com, solar eclipses are the obscuration of the light of the sun by the intervention of the moon between it and a point on the earth. These are beautiful astronomical phenomena, but can be dangerous to look at directly without proper eye protection.  But, how can a solar eclipse be seen at midnight you ask? After all, at night time wouldn’t it be a lunar eclipse? Usually it would, but because of the location of the eclipse, in the Arctic Circle, during the time of the year, the sun is visible even at midnight, making a solar eclipse at midnight possible. Just another of nature’s beautiful oddities!

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This book is a delight - it is a great book for emergent readers, but it is more fun to read out loud. When Bridget the alligator arrives in the mail, she's only the size of a keychain! But after Zack soaks her in water, she grows into a real live alligator. When Bridget dries out she shrinks back down to her keychain size.

This book will take your child on a terrific ride to where only imagination can go. This is a book for beginning readers. Check out our NatureWorks exhibit to see a real live alligator feeding and check the Science Live schedule to visit us for story time in KidsTown!

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Rock Legend Roger McGuinn Set to Speak, Guitarists Larry Coryell and Vic Flick Also in Attendance

Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World Has World Premiere in Orlando on June 11


ORLANDO, FL – June 2, 2011 – The Orlando Science Center hosts legendary guitarist Roger McGuinn on Friday, June 10 for a unique evening celebrating more than 50 years of music history. This special event is a part of the celebration for the world premiere of Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked World. He will be joined by members of the National Guitar Museum, including acclaimed musicians Larry Coryell and Vic Flick, who will honor McGuinn for his unforgettable contributions to the music industry.

The evening event begins with a cocktail reception at 7 p.m. McGuinn takes the stage at 8 p.m. providing guests with a rare opportunity to get an insider’s view of some of the most significant moments in rock and folk music. McGuinn, Grammy Winner and Co-Founder of The Byrds, will share how he got his start as a songwriter in the legendary Brill Building, describe the moment he decided to “put a Beatle beat to folk music” and what inspired him to invent the HD-7, a guitar with a second G-string. Following his presentation, he will be receive a lifetime achievement award by Harvey Newquist, executive director of the National Guitar Museum. Newquist will be joined by special guests Larry Coryell and Vic Flick.

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Planes are built to endure the most extreme weather conditions including lightening strikes.

Let us dispel the myth that if your plane gets struck by lightning it could spell disaster. This is not true. In fact, a plane getting struck by lightning is a common occurrence in aviation and has little effect on the flight. As far as anyone knows, the odds are that each airliner in the USA will be hit by lightning roughly once a year.

Because most airplanes are made of aluminum, a good natural conductor of electricity, lightening is able to flow along the airplanes outer skin and back into the atmosphere. This coupled with the fact that, all airplanes are required to have a built-in system ensuring that a spark will not ignite fuel or fuel vapor in tanks or fuel lines, makes airplanes adapt well to lightning strikes. During a 1980s lightning research project, NASA flew an F-106B jet into 1,400 thunderstorms and lightning hit it at least 700 times, without any cause for concern. Still, this led to requirements to have built-in lightning protection for electronics as an extra precaution.

Although lightning striking an airplane may seem extreme and potentially disastrous, it really is quite an uneventful phenomena in the aviation community. Planes are designed with many extra precautions to prevent lightening from ruining your travel experience. Rest assured, next time you fly through a lightning storm, just remember, you are flying high and dry through some of the safest front-row seats to one of nature’s most fearsome phenomena.

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Mini isn’t just for i-Pods anymore. Mason Peck, a Cornell University professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering led the production of three 1-inch square satellites that flew with the Endeavour space shuttle in May. The small satellites, called Sprites, have a big task of measuring conditions in space and collecting information on chemistry, radiation and particle impacts. Since they’re the size of a postage stamp, it will be easy for Sprites to drift with space particles and settle on the International Space Station for a few years.  Large satellites can cost millions of dollars, which is why scientists are trying to downsize the technology. They hope the Sprites will open doors to future small-sized exploration for communication and further data collecting abilities in space.  This is one small piece of technology for "one giant leap for mankind."

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Have you ever wondered if it is possible to see a rainbow at night? After all, rainbows are generally made from sunlight shining through raindrops. Although seeing a rainbow at night may seem like an odd thing to contemplate, it is possible.

Night rainbows are incredibly rare and often difficult to see, but not impossible. If the moon is bright enough and the atmosphere offers the right conditions, night rainbows, also called moonbows or lunar rainbows, can occur.

Just like a normal rainbow, this phenomenon happens when light is split up into the different colors of the spectrum. When the light bounces off the back of a raindrop, it causes the colorful display of light to streak across the sky.

However, because moonlight is not nearly as bright as the sun, the moonbow appears much dimmer. Without much light for our eyes to take in, moonbows can appear muted and grayish or even ghostly white. Only a full moon, or nearly full moon can produce enough light to make a night rainbow. Even with enough light from a full moon, there still needs to be the right conditions to produce a rain-shower while still having enough breaks in the clouds to allow light through. If you ever get a chance to see one, be sure to take in the beauty the night has to offer and snap a photo.

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Image courtesy of Starry Night Skies Photography


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