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MARCH 2020


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Space Spectacular Logo

Full Dome, Half Price Space Spectacular

March 7, 2020  11 AM - 4 PM

Cultivate your scientific curiosity at Fernbank Science Center during our Full Dome, Half Price Space Spectacular. Enjoy half-priced planetarium shows all day.

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Snake Day

March 14, 2020  Noon - 3 PM

Snake Day features family-friendly hands-on activities, informational talks, displays about snakes as pets and Georgia’s own native snakes, and of course, LOTS and LOTS of live snakes to get up close & personal.

It's Only Natural Logo

It's Only Natural

March 18, 2020  6:30 - 8:30 PM

Opening of a new exhibit with featured speaker, Gene Wright, UGA Chair of Scientific Illustration.  The exhibit features the artwork of UGA students and selected renderings from fifth graders in DeKalb County Schools.

Polar Extremes

Georgia Public Broadcasting and Fernbank Science Center welcome you to a special event highlighting NOVA: Polar Extremes. Join renowned paleontologist Kirk Johnson in the Jim Cherry Memorial Planetarium as he takes us on an epic adventure through time at the polar extremes of our planet. Guests will enjoy clips from the 2-hour film, excerpts from the accompanying digital series Antarctic Extremes, and a chance to test drive the NOVA Polar Lab web-based experience.

The program will feature a discussion with Kirk Johnson, Sant Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, Julia Cort, Co-Executive Producer of NOVA, and Arlo Pérez and Caitlin Saks, hosts of Antarctic Extremes.  

Saturday, March 21, 2020 3-5 PM. 

Admission is FREE, but you must register to attend.

Plant Sale Logo

Spring Plant Sale

Many of the plants for sale are native species that are often difficult to find elsewhere.  The FSC hoticulture stafff will be on hand to offer planting advice and gardening suggestions.

Saturday April 18, 2020

8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Astronomy News

Upcoming Astronomical Events

March 9 - Full Moon, Supermoon. The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated. This phase occurs at 17:48 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Worm Moon because this was the time of year when the ground would begin to soften and the earthworms would reappear.

March 20 - March Equinox. The March equinox occurs at 03:50 UTC. The Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world. This is also the first day of spring (vernal equinox) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of fall (autumnal equinox) in the Southern Hemisphere.

March 24 - Venus at Greatest Eastern Elongation. The planet Venus reaches greatest eastern elongation of 46.1 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Venus since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky. Look for the bright planet in the western sky after sunset.

Special Planetarium Dates

The planetarium will run additional planetarium shows on Monday March 30 - Thursday April 2, 2020.  Check our calendar for show times and details.  

Science Article of the Month

Hints of fossil DNA discovered in dinosaur skull.

Scientists have spotted cellular structures—and a substance that behaves like DNA—in cartilage more than 70 million years old.

"We found some chemical evidence of remnants of DNA inside the cells, perhaps a highly altered fossilized DNA," says Dr. Alida M. Bailleul, a co-author of the paper. "We do not think this chemical compound that reacts like DNA is a contaminant, and it looks definitely like it is dinosaurian in origin, and we propose to the scientific community to rethink about the longevity of the DNA molecule in deep-time, and to further investigate the ways that it could fossilize, with all of its chemical and molecular alteration."


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