Geek out at OMSI
Fun upcoming events
Make sure you check out OMSI this month for your science fix.
On August 5, the Mars landing will be broadcast live at OMSI. Celebrating Astronomy Day, OMSI presents a full day-into-night festival of all things celestial, with opportunities for starry-eyed guests to learn little-known facts about the universe, constellations, stars and planets. Representative 2000 s from local clubs and organizations will be on hand to answer questions, lead hands-on activities and discuss space science until 4 p.m. An inflatable life-sized model of the NASA Mars rover, Curiosity, will also be on display. The doors will open later in the evening at 9 p.m. to offer space exploration enthusiasts a front-row seat for the scheduled 10:30 p.m. Mars landing of the REAL Curiosity. Screens in the Planetarium will display a non-stop live feed from NASA TV. This event is FREE with museum admission.
Nature Unleashed will be closing soon, but you can still catch the exhibit based on Mother Nature’s wildest weather and disasters. The exhibit focuses on how research is helping scientists predict and protect people natural disasters, and how as humans, we can recover from such destruction. Nature Unleashed closes September 9.
This is also your last chance to check out Wild Minds: What Animals Really Think, too. If you were at the OMSI Science Pub lecture “Dolphin in the Mirror” with Dr. Diana Reiss, (I know I was) and you enjoyed learning about dolphin intelligence, you will really enjoy this exhibit. This exhibit focuses on how animals have developed different type of intelligence than humans. This exhibit runs until August 19.
Later this month the OMSI After Dark Summer Concert Series continues August 29 with Lost Lander and Blue Skies for Black Hearts. The theme is “Chic Geeks: Fashion, Music, and the Science of Style”. Come out and flaunt your thick-framed glasses and peg-legged little hipster jeans! Get good vibrations off a real theremin, take a spacesuit class, and make a duct tape wallet. Check out the future of fashion with nano pants and go old-school with music on the Gameboy with chiptunes.
Featuring Lost Lander and Blue Skies for Black Hearts beginning at 9 p.m. on the front plaza. The cost is $18 (Includes OMSI After Dark and the concert); $9 for OMSI members; FREE for OMSI After Dark members.
Wednesday, August 29, 7-11 p.m.
Next month Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body opens on September 29. Did you ever read that book? I know as a kid I had the Grossology book with the fake puke on the front, and now there’s an exhibit by the same people! Grossology invites visitors to be a kidney, climb a human skin wall, and even walk through a giant nose. They can round out their visit with stops at the Vomit Center and Toot Toot feature, play Gas Attack pinball, and slide through a 3-D model of the digestive system.
Also in September, RACE: Are We So Different? opens. Looking through the eyes of history, science and lived experience, RACE explains differences among people and reveals the reality – and unreality – of race. It challenges visitors to think about their differences and similarities.
And of course, be sure to check out all of the OMSI Science Pub dates. See you there.