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Emera Astronomy Center

207.581.1341|https://astro.umaine.edu/

February 2019

Earth, Moon, and Sun

February 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
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An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Sunday, repeating until February 24, 2019

Emera Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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$4 – $12

Explore lunar phases, eclipses, day and night, and other puzzling events with the help of a confused coyote. Based on the trickster of Native American lore, Coyote is constantly corrected in his misunderstandings of how things work. A live tour of the Maine sky and its beautiful constellations completes this fun family program.

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Polaris: Mystery of Polar Night

February 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
Emera Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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$4 – $12

A traveling penguin from the South Pole and a funny polar bear from the North Pole meet on arctic sea ice. They become friends observing the night sky together and wondering why night is so long at the poles of the Earth. This mystery leads them on a scientific adventure by building an improvised spaceship to travel around the Earth to learn about seasons, visit Mars and Saturn to learn about ice in the solar system and how planets have…

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Expedition Reef

February 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
Emera Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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$4 – $12

Explore the secrets of the “rainforests of the sea” and embark on an oceanic safari to the world’s most vibrant and endangered marine ecosystems – coral reefs. Discover how corals grow, feed, reproduce, and support life on Earth while facing unprecedented threats from climate change, habitat destruction, and overfishing. Although they line about a third of tropical coastlines, reefs comprise less than one percent of the world’s ocean environments, showing how precious and fragile these systems are. Thousands of tropical…

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Cosmic Colors

February 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
Emera Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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$4 – $12

From northern lights to garden flowers, color fills our lives and “Cosmic Colors” explains how we use the rainbow to see, understand and explore our universe. From the color of stars, to invisible wavelengths we use to change channels or cook our food, the spectrum plays a huge role in our everyday lives. Join us as we explore how color helps us interpret our world and universe.

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Science Lecture Series – Harnessing the Power of Ocean Currents

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Emera Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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$4 – $12

How can we use currents to generate sustainable energy? Explore how tidal turbines can optimize energy extraction and look at how coastal environments are affected by their implementation. How can this be applied to tidal estuaries in Maine and the potential to create sustainable power? Dr. Lauren Ross, assistant professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering will share her research in this exciting presentation

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Cell! Cell! Cell!

February 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
Emera Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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$4 – $12

You are made of 70 trillion living cells. This is the story of cells that form our bodies and make us who we are. Experience cells in this immersive planetarium journey. Get shrunk down by the Shrink-a-tron, go back in time with the Retroscope and see an exploded view of all the body systems. Find out how cool cells really are and their origins in the stars!

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Faster than Light

February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Friday, repeating until February 22, 2019

Emera Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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$4 – $12

The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what is over the horizon is as old as humanity. Today, a whole new horizon beckons as astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds. But if we find one, how will we ever get there? Take a virtual ride aboard spacecraft of the future based on whole new technologies designed to achieve ultra‐high speeds, which might provide ways to travel to new worlds. The program includes a tour of the…

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