Happy Monday! #MotivationMonday
Happy Sunday! This is the Veil Nebula and these are the remains of a massive star that exploded about 8,000 years ago. This cloud is located in the Cygnus constellation and this photo reveals wisps of gas, which are all that remain of what was once a star 20 times more massive than our sun. Photo credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team #SpaceSunday
Happy #FaunaFriday ! This is the oriental dwarf kingfisher, a short and plumpy bird that can be found all over Southeast Asia. These fluffy birds can usually be found near small streams in densely shaded, lowland forests, are very territorial and they eat things like geckos, crabs, snails and frogs. Photo credits: PrinPrince and kaybsteve/flickr
Kalpana Chawla was an Indian-American astronaut and engineer who flew on the space shuttle Columbia in 1997 and in 2003. During her flights, she was the primary robotic arm operator and focused on experiments that observed the Sun's outer atmospheric layers. #WomeninSTEMWednesday
Here's to an amazing new week! #MotivationMonday
This is a young grouping of stars called R136, which is located in the 30 Doradus Nebula. The blue color from these stars is light from the hottest, most massive stars; the green is from the glow of oxygen and the red from fluorescing hydrogen. Since the Nebula is so close to Earth, astronomers are able to find more and more information on the stars' birth and evolution. #SpaceSunday Photo credit: NASA, ESA, and F. Paresce
Happy Friday, everyone! Pictured here is the Mandarin duck. These colorful ducks are native to East Asia and are actually very shy animals. They tend to nest in trees, usually high above and far away from water. The males are the most colorful and they are very easy to identify with their shades of orange, green, white and blue. The females, however, tend to be a bit more plain, and are gray and brown in color. #faunafriday
It's #StoryTime ! This FLEETtv episode features physicist and Fleet Science Center volunteer, John Popp, as he reads "On a Beam of Light: A Story of #AlbertEinstein " by Jennifer Berne. This story invites you to travel along with Einstein on a journey full of curiosity, laughter and scientific discovery.
This is Mizuna mustard being harvested in the Veggie Harvest Chamber, which is located in the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. A similar harvest will be conducted on the space station after a grow-out duration of 56 days. Researchers hope veggies will one day be a supplement that supports astronauts during long flights, in addition to their pre-packaged diets. #SpaceSunday Photo credit: NASA
This colorful reptile is called the panther chameleon and it resides mainly in Madagascar. These animals spend most of their lives in isolation, are incredibly territorial, and spend their days foraging in the trees. Males in this species tend to be more colorful than the females, which are usually tan or neutral colors. #FaunaFriday . Photo by Andrew Itaga on Unsplash
This is Sara Josephine Baker, an American physician who spent most of her career focusing on child welfare. She worked with many poor and immigrant mothers across New York and helped decrease infant and maternal mortality rates within these communities. #WomeninSTEMWednesday !
To keep the #PrideinSTEM going this week, this FLEETtv After Dark episode features local scientists from the LGBTQ+ community. To make it an even bigger celebration, Andrea gives us insight into the science behind rainbow-layered cocktails and Raiza shows us how to create the perfect jello treats just for grown-ups.
It's the cutest day of the week, #FaunaFriday ! The red panda is a very shy and acrobatic animal. Unlike its relative, the black and white giant panda, these pandas only grow to be about the same size as a domestic cat. They spend a lot of their time on trees in their Eastern Himalayan habitat and eat things like bamboo, fruits and eggs. Photo by Jessica Weiller on Unsplash
It's #WomeninSTEMWednesday ! This is Mary Jackson, an American mathematician who became the first African American woman to work as an engineer for NASA. While working for NASA, she was known as one of several "human computers" and focused on aircraft airflow experiments. She was also a strong supporter of the next generation of women working at NASA.
Thank you for your continued support, Fleetsters! Today, San Diego officials called for tighter restrictions to curb the rising number of COVID-19 cases. As a result of that decision, the Fleet is required to temporarily close effective Tuesday, July 7. While our building is temporarily closed, the following will continue to operate: - Summer Camps, both virtual and in-person are still available. - Craveology will remain open to satisfy all of your cravings. - We continue to connect San Diegans to the power of science through Virtual Activities and Online Events. - Have fun with experiments, hands-on activities, bloopers and more, all from the comfort of your home with FLEETtv. If there is a topic or exhibit you're curious about, feel free to Ask a Fleester. We’d love to share more! We're grateful for the support and patience of our community—members, educators, students, scientists, employees, volunteers and @balboapark institutions—and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Fleet Science Center.
Happy Monday, everyone! What will you create today? #MotivationMonday
It's #SpaceSunday ! This is a region called NGC 6357 which is actually a cluster made up of clusters. It contains at least three clusters of very young stars and is located about 5,500 light years away from us. The stars in these clusters are massive, hot and very luminous. Photo credit: NASA/CXC/PSU/L. UKIRT; NASA/JPL-Caltech
Most of us celebrate #IndependenceDay by watching fireworks blasting the night sky, but do you know how this pyrotechnic display of colors is possible? Inside the fireworks, there are small packets filled with metal salts and metal oxides that, when ignited, emit energy in a light form to produce the different colors. Happy #FourthofJuly everyone! Remember to always stay safe!
Happy Friday! Today we introduce a new weekly feature called #FaunaFriday where we highlight some of the most amazing and interesting animals out there. Just like a human fingerprint, a tiger's stripes patterns are all unique. Each tiger has their own set of stripes which can vary in color, width, and amount. What is your favorite animal? Photos by Max van den Oetelaar on Unsplash