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  • Cosmosphere Poised for Revitalization

    Cosmosphere Poised for Revitalization

    February 1, 2018

    The Cosmosphere is inviting everyone to “be a spark that ignites wonder!” Be a Spark is the theme of the recently mailed donor directed campaign that invites support either through becoming a member of the Cosmosphere or through donating directly to the campaign. All proceeds will benefit Cosmosphere’s $15 million Revitalization Campaign, which has raised $3 million to date.

    Now through March 30, members who donate to the campaign and those who sign up as new members can earn special limited-time perks, including reserved seating at the Scott Kelly presentation at the Dillon Lecture Series on April 17.

    “You don’t have to receive the mailing to take advantage of the special, limited-time offers,” explained Mimi Meredith, Cosmosphere Chief Development Officer. “The incentives offered through March 30 are designed to encourage participation. It will take a lot of sparks to ignite the movement that will lift the Cosmosphere into a new era. And when that happens, visitors from around the world will enjoy an engaging, fresh approach to science education and space history with experiences that are second to none.”

    To be a spark and become a member go to cosmo.org/membership and choose the Be the Spark option. To donate without a membership, go to cosmo.org/spark.

    For more information, contact Mimi Meredith at 620-665-9339.

Upcoming Events

  • Sky Watch: Free Public Sky Observing
    January 20
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  • Martin Luther King Jr. Community Reception
    January 21
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  • Space Out Saturday: Diversity in Science
    February 16
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  • Sky Watch: Free Public Sky Observing

    Date: Sunday, January 20, 2019 9:30 PM – 11:59 PM
    Location:Grassy lot south of the Cosmosphere.

    Bring your lawn chairs (and blankets and hot cocoa!) for a free Public Sky Observing Sunday, January 20 beginning at 9:30 PM in the grassy lot south of the Cosmosphere.

    The real showstopper happens in the evening sky with a total lunar eclipse on January 20. It’s been several years since North America has seen a total lunar eclipse so this will be a real treat to start the New Year. The full moon begins entering the outer, fainter part of Earth’s shadow, the penumbra, at about 8:36 pm in the eastern sky. While this is the beginning of the eclipse it’s difficult to notice a change in the Moon’s appearance due to the faintness of the shadow. An hour later, around 9:40 pm the Moon enters the umbra, the darker inner part of Earth’s shadow. This is when a distinct change in the Moon’s appearance begins as our natural satellite begins to darken.

    During maximum eclipse, at 11:12 pm, the Moon glows a reddish color as Earth’s atmosphere acts like a big lens, refracting sunlight onto the lunar surface. The Moon exits the umbral shadow around 12:40 am and the penumbral shadow about 1:48 am, making the entire event over 5 hours. You can easily observe the lunar eclipse with just your eyes, but binoculars or a telescope will enhance the view.

    We will be using our giant, 16-inch diameter telescope or feel free to bring your own telescopes as well!

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Community Reception

    Date: Monday, January 21, 2019 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere Lobby

    You're invited to the Cosmosphere for a FREE community reception in honor of MLK Jr. Day on Monday, January 21 beginning at 4:30 pm.

    Enjoy performances from local musicians and dancers as well as hear from special guest speaker, Dr. Andrew Williams, Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Kansas. He will speak about an all-female, African-American robotics group he started called Spelbots and the importance of diversity in STEM education and careers.

    Light refreshments will be served.

  • Space Out Saturday: Diversity in Science

    Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere Lobby

    THIS MONTH'S SUBJECT: Diversity in Science: How do you become an astronaut? Young explorers will make a list of what an astronaut needs in space and then dress up like an astronaut with photo-ops!

    Family day at the Cosmosphere with free programming for kids – from little tikes to grade school. Join us every third Saturday for our FREE kid-friendly, fun and educational Space Out Saturday! Plus: Don't miss our guided tours at 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm.* (*Hall of Space admission required. Reno County residents are FREE.)

    INNOVATOR'S WORKSHOP (LOBBY)
    10:00 am – 1:00 pm

    Open to all, recommended for ages 5-10
    Unique, fun, and educational experiences! Explore science, technology, engineering, and math with exciting hands-on demonstrations and activities.

    STORYTIME (LOBBY)
    11:00 am

    Open to all, recommended for ages 5 years or younger
    Excitement ensues with this fun and educational storytime!

    SPACE TREK* (LOBBY)
    1:00 pm

    Open to all, recommended for ages 5-10
    Adventures await! Take a special tour designed to inspire and engage our future astronauts and engineers. (*Hall of Space admission required. Reno County residents are FREE.)

    SPACE OUT SATURDAYS ARE OFFERED EVERY 3RD SATURDAY AT THE COSMOSPHERE, AND ARE FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

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