Super Moon Saturday Tonight

The moon on May 5 and 6 will be larger and brighter than a typical full moon. Credit MedEvac71

The moon on May 5 and 6 will be larger and brighter than a typical full moon. Credit MedEvac71

by Megan Rosza

Tonight, on May 5, 2012 at 11:34 p.m. ET, the moon will reach it’s full moon status—when the earth, moon and sun are all in alignment. One minute later, at 11:35 p.m., “perigee” will occur. Tonight’s full moon will be the closest to Earth in nearly 20 years. The moon will appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than other full moons this year, according to NASA. It will be 17,053 miles closer than normal.

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Also, if you have family participating in the Science Fair Convention today, or are curious about entering a project in the future, or just flat out love science (like the rest of us) please come on over. The adult science fair entry presentations are open to the public to observe and the winning adult will also give their presentation again in the evening at the seven o’clock awards ceremony.

Today’s Schedule:

10-11:30 am – Entries setup

12:00 pm – Judging begins

12:00 pm – Adult presentations in Lecture Hall
– “Rapid Fossil Formation – Part 2”
– “Myths & Theories Behind Extinct & Endangered Species”
– “City of Confusion” (on the Tower of Babel)

7:00 pm – Ceremony/adult winner presentation

Tuesday-Saturday, May 8-12

The Science Center is not normally open during the week for walk-in tours but during the Convention we will have special hours. Guided tours will be available during our Convention Only Hours which are Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. Some of the science fair projects will be left up for visitors to view and study. Regular admission rates apply.

Saturday, May 12

All Mother’s get in Free today for the general admission passes (for tours and the park)!

ALL KIDS SCIENCE BASH | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Children ages 5-11 years old will have a wacky, fun time for learning, participating in hands-on science experiments, competing for prizes and having a special lesson on “The Chemistry of Color” with chemist Dr. Al Gotch!

1. Bring a friend and be entered into a drawing
2. Dress up as a Wacky Mad Scientist to entered into our Costume Contest
3. Guess the amount of eye balls in the ooey-gooey eye ball jar!

The science bash is from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm and includes lunch (hot dogs and chips). The cost is $5.00 per person. There is no Super Science Saturday Club on this day.

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“Are You My Cousin?: A Lesson on Genetics”
Why do animals of the same type look so different? How do some rabbits get floppy ears and others have straight ones? Why are there so many species of frogs? We will take a look at genetics for this Creature Feature to see why we have so much variety in the world. Bring the whole family for fun hands-on exploration with our live animals!! This workshop will also be offered again on Saturday, May 26 at 11:30 am (after the Super Science Saturday club meets) and again at 2:00 pm. The cost is $3 per person or $12 per family and is separate from the tour and park pass price.
See the complete list of all of our upcoming Creature Feature Workshops on our website.

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About Akron Fossils & Science Center

Akron Fossils & Science Center features hands-on tours and science activities that put knowledge directly in your hands. Our exhibits display many fossils from Ohio and around the world. In addition to our guided tours, we offer a wide variety of enriching science programs, all hands-on and designed to make science and learning fun and meaningful. We also look forward to having you enjoy our 2 1/2 acre outdoor adventure park called Truassic Park. Our park features a 9-hole mini golf course, giant slide, and 200 FT ZIP- LINE! At Akron Fossils & Science Center, participants and visitors become more than observers; they become researchers, experimenters, and even educators. Our exhibits and programs let you experience science first-hand and encourage understanding and deep, critical thought. A trip to Akron Fossils & Science Center provides more than something to do for one day; it ignites a passion for learning and exploration that lasts a lifetime.

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